Integrating Physical and Mental Health (200202)

The co-existence of physical and mental illness is common across all populations and service settings.  While the biopsychosocial model is a holistic approach to care, this has been criticised in its application for neglect of genuine attention to the physical health needs of people with lived experience of mental illness.  Recent scrutiny of this topic has resulted in calls for greatly improved approaches to care and outcomes. 

Using the CanMEDS domains of Professional and Medical Expert, students will investigate opportunities and barriers to the implementation of collaborative, integrated approaches to care.  Students will increase their collaborative skills across consultation liaison and other settings in contributing to both improving the mental health of people with physical illness, and physical health of people with mental illness, taking into account the limitations of these distinctions.  Topics covered will include responses to medical illness and trauma, abnormal illness behavior, demoralisation and important endocrine, cardiac and metabolic updates.

Within a holistic recovery-oriented approach, helping people to manage their physical health is core to psychiatric practice.  Medical practitioners are expected to contribute to improving the mental health of their patients, and also model good practice in self-care.  Students will further develop strategies for maintaining professional standards and importantly, address self-care as mental health professionals.


Unit Type Core Unit
Credit Points 10
Delivery Mode Face to face onsite, e-Learning (online), Mixed / blended, Part Time