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MPM5206 - The psychiatry of intellectual and developmental disabilities

4 points, SCA Band 3, 0.083 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Jenny Torr


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Historical, philosophical, ethical, humanitarian and legal issues in the lives and care of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities; epidemiology of intellectual/developmental disabilities; intellectual/developmental disability within the family life cycle, in society and across the lifespan are covered. Psychiatric disorder in intellectual/developmental disability is also examined in detail.


At the conclusion of this selective candidates will be able to:

  1. Understand, define and differentiate the terms Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability.
  2. Appreciate ethical, humanitarian and legal issues regarding people with intellectual/development disabilities and incorporate this understanding into psychiatric practice.
  3. Identify biopsychosocial risk factors for psychiatric disorders in people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
  4. Understand and minimise the barriers to diagnosis of psychiatric disorder in people with developmental disabilities.
  5. Appreciate the importance of identifying the cause of a developmental disability and recognise common syndromes and behavioural phenotypes.
  6. Understand and describe how psychiatric disorders present in people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
  7. Differentiate and assess the causes of challenging behaviour.
  8. Conduct a modified psychiatric assessment and formulate a diagnostic hypothesis and management plan.
  9. Give an appraisal of various service models for delivering psychiatric services to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.


1.Satisfactory participation in either face to face or on-line tutorials:
A) Participation in group discussion
B) Completion of learning activities
2. 1,500 word written assignment

Contact hours

The unit presented as a series of interactive seminars based upon learning modules.


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