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PSME429 Suicidal Behaviours, Research and Prevention

An academic and critical approach to the complex issue of suicidal behaviours, research and prevention.

Paper title Suicidal Behaviours, Research and Prevention
Paper code PSME429
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,746.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,490.00

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
This is an academically orientated paper that aims to provide an introduction to suicidal behaviours, research and prevention. It is suitable for clinicians, students, nurses and allied health professionals in health, mental health, social services, emergency medicine, education, counselling, youth work, psychology, justice, child welfare and related fields. This paper can be taken as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or Master of Health Sciences, as a one-off paper, or it may be possible to cross credit this paper to other postgraduate degrees.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Professor Sunny Collings
Paper Structure
The paper is organised around several themes:
  • An introduction to suicidal behaviours, with a focus on epidemiology, aetiology and related issues
  • Suicide over the life span, with a focus on suicidal behaviours in youth, adult and older adult populations
  • Suicide and suicide attempts in mental disorders, with a focus on assessing, treating and managing those with depression and/or suicidal behaviours
  • Bereavement by suicide
  • Suicide prevention, including discussion of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy and what is known to be effective in suicide prevention
  • Practitioner issues, including medico-legal issues, burnout, resiliency and safe practice
Teaching Arrangements
Four 2-day compulsory blocks in Wellington. Attendance at all block courses is compulsory.
A variety of general texts and journals relevant to the paper will be available via the library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this paper students will
  • Have a knowledge and understanding of the epidemiology, risk and protective factors associated with suicidal behaviour in New Zealand and internationally
  • Be knowledgeable about key issues in suicide research and prevention
  • Have knowledge and understanding of key issues in assessing, treating and managing suicidal behaviours

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Further Information

Judith Stone
Departmental / Postgraduate Administrator
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 372 6704

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system