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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr A Holmes and Professor D Clarke


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%).

Chief examiner(s)

Professor D Clarke

Contact hours

Approximately 3.5 hours of lectures per week.


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