Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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.

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychological Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Off-campus Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Adam McKay


The subject will commence with an overview of the civil arena and examination of the concept of tort liability for negligence. Seminars will focus on personal injury litigation (including such issues as workers' compensation, "compensation neurosis" and "functional overlay", assessing psychological impairment, post traumatic stress disorder, head injury and its sequelae, chronic pain, occupational stress, compensation and recovery). Students will observe the operation of various tribunals and boards and observe psychologists conducting assessments in civil matters (e.g., personal injury, guardianship and administration, testamentary capacity).


On completion of this unit, students should:

  1. be aware of the breadth of matters falling within the arena of civil law and the common matters on which psychologists are asked for advice;
  2. be cognisant of the factors which may complicate the assessment and treatment of personal injury claimants;
  3. be cognisant of the particular features of victims of crime and other traumatic conditions


2 Reports (Hurdle)
Class Participation (Hurdle)

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