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PHC5302

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of General Practice

Coordinator(s)

Associate Professor Peter Schattner

Offered

Clayton

  • Second semester 2016 (Online)

Synopsis

This unit has been created in collaboration with the Department of General Practice for students undertaking studies in ONE of the following five topics:

  • Depressive and anxiety disorders in General Practice
  • Mindfulness-based stress management
  • Women's sexual and reproductive health in General Practice
  • Child health
  • Dermatology.

Students undertaking this unit must choose only one topic. Each topic is equivalent to 6 credit points.

Outcomes

Depressive and anxiety disorders in General Practice

  1. Interpret the principal psychiatric classification system currently in use, and apply it, in conjunction with appropriate clinical reasoning skills, to determine whether or not a patient has a depressive or anxiety disorder.
  2. Determine the risk factors and underlying causes of depressive and anxiety disorders, and argue how these influence treatment.
  3. Devise and implement a systematic approach to assessing the severity of different types of depressive and anxiety disorders, including their morbidity and mortality.
  4. Devise and implement a systematic approach to the management of depressive and anxiety disorders, which includes a synthesis of the best available evidence, in addition to considering patient wishes and circumstances, community resources and the clinician's experience.
  5. Distinguish between the presentations in General Practice of different types of depressive and anxiety disorders.
  6. Devise a plan for future personal practice and professional development in the diagnosis and management of patients with depressive and anxiety disorders.

Mindfulness-based stress management

  1. Critically review the significant body of research linking psychological states like stress with a range of illnesses and lifestyle including disciplines within mind-body medicine such as neuroplasticity, psychoneuroimmunology and psychogenomics.
  2. Critically review research demonstrating the benefits of psychological interventions like stress management and mindfulness
  3. Practice the mindfulness meditation exercises in their various forms and critique their effectiveness.
  4. Apply the principles of the mindfulness-based cognitive strategies and critique their effectiveness.
  5. Critically reflect on their own experience of stress and ways in which they manage it.
  6. Develop and implement mindfulness-based stress management in practice.
  7. Demonstrate professional skills as a counsellor in mindfulness-based stress management.

Women's sexual and reproductive health in General Practice (available Semester 2 2017)

  1. Analyse the psychosocial context of women's lives and apply this analysis to women's sexual and reproductive health
  2. Develop a systematic and evidence based approach to the diagnosis and management of women's sexual and reproductive health issues which commonly present in the General Practice setting
  3. Evaluate those factors contributing to the prevalence of unplanned pregnancy and based on best available evidence formulate an appropriate response that addresses these issues in the General Practice setting
  4. Develop a systematic and evidence based approach to contraceptive counselling and counselling for unplanned pregnancy and sexual problems
  5. Critically appraise the evidence concerning hormone replacement therapy and screening for cervical, breast and ovarian cancer
  6. Evaluate the health outcomes of violence against women and formulate appropriate responses in the General Practice setting based on best available practice evidence

Child health (available Semester 1 2017)

  1. Develop a systematic and evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of child health issues which commonly present in the Primary Health Care setting
  2. Assess child development using valid and reliable assessment instruments, determine deviations from the norm and formulate appropriate management strategies in the Primary Health Care setting
  3. Formulate a comprehensive management plan surrounding child health by collaborating with other health professionals
  4. Analyse the psychosocial and environmental context of children's lives and apply this analysis to child health.
  5. Identify paediatric emergencies which commonly present in the Primary Health Care setting and formulate an appropriate initial management plan
  6. Effectively use the available literature to inform ongoing learning needs relating to child health

Dermatology

  1. Analyse how the structural components of the skin function in both healthy and diseased states
  2. Demonstrate a systematic approach to generating and exploring an appropriate list of differential diagnoses, in a patient with a dermatological complaint
  3. Deduce what further investigations, if any, are required, to aid diagnosis
  4. Devise and implement a systematic approach to the management of dermatological disorders, which includes a synthesis of the best available evidence, patient wishes and circumstances, community resources and the clinician's experience
  5. Devise a plan for future personal practice and professional development in the diagnosis and management of patients with dermatological conditions

Fieldwork

See individual topic guides for details - some topics will require students to write up cases on patients they have seen in practice, to write up journals based on clinical activity and/or to perform audits on clinical activity

Assessment

Depressive and anxiety disorders in General Practice
Case study - Depressive Disorder (2,500 words) (40%)
Case study - Anxiety Disorder (2,500 words) (40%)
Short answer questions (1 hour) (20%)
Hurdle - Completion of all Activities

Mindfulness-based stress management
Assignment (1,500 words) (25%)
Essay (1,500 words) (25%)
Journal - personal (2,000 words) (30%)
Journal - clinical (1,000 words) (20%)
Hurdle - Completion of all Activities

Women's sexual and reproductive health in General Practice (available Semester 2 2017)
Case study (2,000 words) (25%)
Online activities (Amounting to a total of 6,000 words) (50%)
Audit (2,000 words) (25%)
Hurdle - Completion of all Activities

Child health (available Semester 1 2017)
Case report (1,500 words) (20%)
Case scenario report (1,000 words) (10%)
Individual structured oral presentation (20 minutes) (30%)
Online activities due at the end of each module (up to 2,500 words in total)
(10% for each module) (40%)
Hurdle - Completion of all activities

Dermatology
Case studies (1.5 hours) (25%)
Case studies (1.5 hours) (25%)
Case report (2,500 words) (50%)
Hurdle - Completion of all activities

Workload requirements

Equivalent of 12 hours a week in 6 credit point units run over 12 weeks

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

General practice

Prohibitions

Students must NOT choose a topic previously competed in PHC5304 or PHC5303