Recovery Focused Psychiatric Medicine

Recovery Focused Psychiatric Medicine

Graduate Certificate
Semester 1

Utilising an innovative, contemporary approach to the study of psychiatry, students will be introduced to concepts underpinning both this unit and the orientation of studies in psychiatry throughout the Psychiatric Medicine program.

Students increase their understanding of people with substance related and psychotic disorders; and integrate concepts of clinical and personal recovery into holistic biopsychosocial psychiatric practice. The CanMEDS competencies will be explored, with orientation to their relationship with 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 material to attain unit learning outcomes outlined below. 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