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MPM1005 - Psychiatry in physical health and illness

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.167 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr A Holmes


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit aims to explore the relationship between physical and psychological health and illness. The key components of this relationship will be explored from both a theoretical and clinical perspective. These concepts include how psychological factors affect physical health, how physical illness can lead to psychological disturbance and the nature of somatisation. Common medical conditions with psychological associations will also be reviewed.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. examine the relationship between physical health and psychological states;
  2. describe how psychological factors may affect physical health and illness;
  3. describe common organic psychiatric disorders;
  4. describe the major psychiatric disorders in which physical symptoms are a major component;
  5. appraise the roles of psychiatry within the general hospital setting; and
  6. examine how C-L interventions may affect physical and psychological outcomes.


A brief case study (1500 words) (40%), One 1.5 hour written examination (60%).

Contact hours

Approximately 3.5 hours of lectures per week.


MPM1001, MPM1006, MPM1009, MPM1202, MPM1301 or equivalent.