Recovery Focused Psychiatric Medicine

Recovery Focused Psychiatric Medicine

Level ~ Graduate Certificate
Teaching period ~ Semester 1

Utilising an innovative, contemporary approach to the study of psychiatry, students will be introduced to the concepts of recovery and the CanMEDS competencies underpinning both this unit and the orientation of studies in psychiatry and mental health throughout the Psychiatric Medicine program. Students will learn to distinguish between clinical and personal recovery in developing holistic and integrated biopsychosocial mental health care practice. The concept of recovery will be explored within the context of the students' experiences of practice, forming the basis for development of the medical practitioner who works interprofessionally within diverse settings with individuals with experience of mental illness and their supporters.

As students learn about the nature, onset, impact and assessment of both the psychoses and substance related disorders, the CanMEDS competencies that underpin the Medical Expert will be introduced, with orientation to their relationship to the professional competency frameworks of differing medical specialties. Students will particularly make use of the domains of the Professional and Health Advocate as lenses to understand and explore ethics, ethical and professional behaviour, and mental health legislation. ,The unit also includes a skills-based workshop regarding a recovery-informed approach to the management of emergencies in psychiatry


Learning Outcomes

  • The distinction between personal and clinical recovery and the roles of families, carers and community organisations in supporting these.
  • The breadth of the doctor’s role in delivering recovery-focused care.
  • Improving knowledge of substance related and psychotic disorders.
  • Ethics, professionalism, professional development and personal wellbeing.
  • Interprofessional practice.
  • Informed consent and mental health legislation.
  • Prevention, promotion, and early intervention.

Teaching Schedule
  Orientation
Topic 1 Underpinnings of Recovery-Oriented Psychiatry
Topic 2 Professionalism, Ethics and Wellbeing
Topic 3 Recovery-Oriented use of Mental Health Legislation
Topic 4 Influences of Normal Development for Practice
Topic 5 Mental Health Care in Australia
Topic 6 Psychoses: Biologically or Socially Determined?
Topic 7 Introduction to Substance Related Disorders
Topic 8 Recovery-Oriented Management of Psychiatric Emergencies