Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of General Practice


Dr Craig Hassed



  • First semester 2016 (Online)
  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


In this unit students will examines the body of scientific evidence as the basis of mind-body medicine including linking stress with mental and physical illness and with a range of unhealthy lifestyle behaviours. Linking theory with practice, it uses a deep learning methodology by teaching practical skills in the form of mindfulness-based meditation and cognitive techniques which students first learn and practice themselves so that they are better placed to teach them to their patients to carry out in a variety of clinical settings. The unit identifies the circumstances and conditions in which these techniques are most useful. The links between scientific evidence, theory and practice are covered concurrently throughout the unit.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  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.


Scientific stream:
Assignment (1,500 words) (25%)
Essay (1,500 words) (25%)

Practical stream:
Journal - personal (2,000 words) (30%)
Journal - clinical (1,000 words) (20%)

Workload requirements

10-12 hours per week for 12-13 weeks

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Chief examiner(s)