School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences


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We provide teaching at the following hospitals: 

We also contribute to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) teaching programs and provides service teaching to health professionals locally, nationally and internationally.

Teaching in the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences consists of courses in Psychiatry, Behavioural Science and Neuroscience for students in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Psychiatry encompasses clinical understanding of mental disorders, Behavioural Science is concerned with the application of psychology to medical and dental practice, and Neuroscience deals with the neural correlates of thoughts, emotions and behaviours.


The Behavioural Science Unit coordinates a very popular undergraduate Level A broadening unit entitled ‘Mental Wellbeing for Today's World’ (IMED2200). This unit provides students with an overall understanding of mental health and wellbeing, explores challenges to mental health throughout the life span, and educates and equips students with strategies to enhance and promote positive lifelong mental wellbeing for themselves and others.

Good mental health is fundamental to the wellbeing of individuals, their families, and the community as a whole. The unit introduces students to the mental health continuum through exploration of definitions of mental wellbeing and mental illness across the life span.


Teaching occurs across the 4 year course with early clinical exposure, vertical and horizontal integration in the Doctor of Medicine. Within this course, the focus of the Behavioural Science Unit is on the patient experience of illness, communication skills, and introductory medical history taking.

Psychiatry is a medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Psychiatrists listen carefully and sensitively to people’s most personal thoughts and feelings, understand their mental state, and work with them to identify and implement appropriate treatments including psychotherapy, psychotropic medication, social strategies and other interventions. Areas of sub-specialisation include perinatal, child and adolescent psychiatry, psychiatry of old age, forensic psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychotherapy and neuropsychiatry. Both hospital and community based psychiatry involves working with a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) that includes nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, physiotherapists and psychologists, as well as collaborating with general practitioners (GP). Psychiatrists and Clinical Psychologists also provide high quality and accessible assessment and management of psychiatric disorders in the private sector. Psychiatric practice is evidence based and involves working in partnership with carers and consumers to minimise stigma and advocate for change.

Our teaching and learning activities consist of lectures, tutorials, patient visits, case-based learning and clinical clerkships with the aim of promoting the acquisition, retention and application of knowledge within a framework of self-directed lifelong learning.

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