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PSME432 Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry

An outline of the full range of psychiatric disorders as they present during pregnancy and the first postnatal year. Also includes the adaptive demands on the mother and family during the perinatal period.

Understanding the nature and extent of psychiatric disorders as they present in women during pregnancy and the first postnatal year is crucial. Health professionals with in-depth knowledge of this are well placed in the community to recognise and manage the consequence of these disorders and play a key role in management, education or liaison.

Paper title Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry
Paper code PSME432
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,125.00

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Notes
Candidates must possess an appropriate health professional qualification and have at least two years postgraduate clinical experience.
Course outline
Eligibility
Candidates must possess an appropriate professional qualification and have at least two years' postgraduate clinical experience. The paper would be suitable for individuals who have a basic knowledge of the nature and extent of psychiatric disorders or individuals who have obstetric or paediatric health qualifications.
Contact
Judith Stone, judith.stone@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Liz MacDonald and Associate Professor Sue Luty
Paper Structure
This paper provides an outline of the full range of psychiatric disorders as they present during pregnancy and the first postnatal year and includes assessment and management issues. It also outlines the adaptive demands on the mother and family during the perinatal period paying particular attention to ethical issues with regard to care and protection.
Teaching Arrangements
Two 4-day block courses to be held in Christchurch. Attendance at these block courses is compulsory.
Textbooks
Brief introductory notes and a reading guide will be provided. There are a number of key references, but a fuller bibliography will be provided at the start of the paper. We have a resource folder of key articles and difficult-to-access book chapters. This folder will be available for use during the paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Gain knowledge of important factors in perinatal adjustment and distress
  • Gain knowledge of psychiatric disorders as they manifest in the perinatal period, particularly unipolar and bipolar mood disorders; anxiety disorders; and complex post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Gain knowledge of the treatment of psychiatric disorders in the perinatal period
  • Apply this knowledge to recognise psychiatric disorders in the perinatal period
  • Apply this knowledge in the clinical setting to support women and their families going through perinatal distress or psychiatric disorder
  • Understand the impact of perinatal psychiatric illness on infants
  • Gain a knowledge of the issues related to psychotropic medication in pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Gain knowledge of the effects of common drugs of dependence on developing foetus in utero and on breast milk
  • Gain an understanding of different models of service delivery

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

An outline of the full range of psychiatric disorders as they present during pregnancy and the first postnatal year. Also includes the adaptive demands on the mother and family during the perinatal period.

Understanding the nature and extent of psychiatric disorders as they present in women during pregnancy and the first postnatal year is crucial. Health professionals with in-depth knowledge of this are well placed in the community to recognise and manage the consequence of these disorders and play a key role in management, education or liaison.

Paper title Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry
Paper code PSME432
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,746.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,490.00

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Notes
Candidates must possess an appropriate health professional qualification and have at least two years postgraduate clinical experience.
Eligibility
Candidates must possess an appropriate professional qualification and have at least two years' postgraduate clinical experience. The paper would be suitable for individuals who have a basic knowledge of the nature and extent of psychiatric disorders or individuals who have obstetric or paediatric health qualifications.
Contact
Judith Stone, judith.stone@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Liz MacDonald and Associate Professor Sue Luty
Paper Structure
This paper provides an outline of the full range of psychiatric disorders as they present during pregnancy and the first postnatal year and includes assessment and management issues. It also outlines the adaptive demands on the mother and family during the perinatal period paying particular attention to ethical issues with regard to care and protection.
Teaching Arrangements
Two 4-day block courses to be held in Christchurch. Attendance at these block courses is compulsory.
Textbooks
Brief introductory notes and a reading guide will be provided. There are a number of key references, but a fuller bibliography will be provided at the start of the paper. We have a resource folder of key articles and difficult-to-access book chapters. This folder will be available for use during the paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Gain knowledge of important factors in perinatal adjustment and distress
  • Gain knowledge of psychiatric disorders as they manifest in the perinatal period, particularly unipolar and bipolar mood disorders; anxiety disorders; and complex post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Gain knowledge of the treatment of psychiatric disorders in the perinatal period
  • Apply this knowledge to recognise psychiatric disorders in the perinatal period
  • Apply this knowledge in the clinical setting to support women and their families going through perinatal distress or psychiatric disorder
  • Understand the impact of perinatal psychiatric illness on infants
  • Gain a knowledge of the issues related to psychotropic medication in pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Gain knowledge of the effects of common drugs of dependence on developing foetus in utero and on breast milk
  • Gain an understanding of different models of service delivery

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard