RANZCP Stage 1 syllabus

RANZCP STAGE 1 Syllabus

Stage 1 syllabus corresponds with year 1 of the College’s competency-based fellowship program. However, it needs to be recognised that topics which can be identified as requiring working knowledge at stage 1 can mature to the requirement of in-depth knowledge in stage 2. In these circumstances, the in-depth knowledge standard should be applied to the year 1 curriculum for this course.  Click on each of the modules below, for information regarding the topics covered, learning objectives and convenor details.  

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Module 1: Interviewing, Asessment & Formulation
(Convenor: Dr Kym Jenkins kym.jenkins@monash.edu)

  1. Approaches to interviewing & mental state in the life of a psychiatrist
  2. Phenomenology: the science
  3. Investigations used by the psychiatrist; collaborative information from collateral sources; Risk assessment
  4. Formulation: the art

Learning objectives for module 1

  1. Understand the purpose and process of conducting an effective psychiatric interview
  2. Be skilled in the preparation of a patient and engagement for a diagnostic interview for psychiatric assessment
  3. Demonstrate understanding of key terms and phenomenology used in a mental state examination
  4. Understand the importance, scope and limitations of risk assessment
  5. Become skilled in use of structure, questioning techniques and strategies to balance and accomplish the essential components of a psychiatric interview
  6. Appreciate the limits of cross-sectional interviews, place of collateral history and systemic influences upon the patient
  7. Define, understand and apply the various frameworks that can be used in formulation

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Module 2: Introduction to Psychotherapy (Convenor: Prof David Kissane david.kissane@monash.edu)

  1. Non-specific factors and the frame of therapy; Ethics in care provision; Supportive counseling
  2. Introduction to psychodynamic theory
  3. Introduction to group, couple and family therapies
  4. Assessing risk, safety, dealing with psychiatric emergencies and the chronically suicidal

Learning objectives for module 2

  1. Understand what is psychotherapy and common features of all psychotherapies
  2. Appreciate the history of the development of psychotherapy from Freudian through neoFreudian to more recent mentalisation-based therapies
  3. Develop an understanding of the psychotherapies including their indications, application and efficacy
  4. Understand the principles of supportive, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness and others
  5. Develop an understanding of couples, group and family therapy including their indications, application and efficacy
  6. Appreciate psychotherapies for patients with borderline personality organization and the management of the chronically suicidal patient in psychotherapy

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Module 3: Basic neurosciences (Convenor: Prof Paul Fitzgerald paul.fitzgerald@monash.edu)

  1. Neuroanatomy and imaging the brain, neuropathology
  2. Neurophysiology & functioning of the brain, neuropathology
  3. Neurochemistry and mechanisms for intervention
  4. Genetics and inheritance

Learning objectives for module 3

  1. Understand the principles of neuroanatomy and imaging and how they are applied to psychiatry and psychiatric disorders
  2. Understand the role and relevance of the major neurotransmitters in psychiatry and psychiatric disorders
  3. Develop an understanding of genetics and neuropathology in the development of psychiatric disorders

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Module 4: Basic psychopharmacology & biological treatments
(Convenor: Prof Nicholas Keks nicholas.keks@monash.edu)

  1. Introduction to psychopharmacology principles & prescribing, ethics
  2. Antipsychotics; minor tranquillisers & anxiolytics
  3. Antidepressants; mood stabilizers
  4. Electroconvulsive therapy

Learning objectives for module 4

  1. Understand basic pharmacological principles
  2. Understand the ethics of prescribing
  3. Apply pharmacological principles to clinical practice in pharmacotherapy for psychiatric conditions
  4. Understand use of the antipsychotics, antidepressives, mood stabilisers, minor tranquillisers and hypnotics
  5. Understand in detail the principles of use of ECT and be introduced to brain stimulation techniques and psychosurgery principles

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Module 5: The psychotic disorders (Convenor: Prof Jayashri Kulkarni jayashri.kulkarni@monash.edu)

  1. Schizophrenias: historical concepts, clinical features, diagnosis, epidemiology, applied neurobiology, genetic & environmental aetiology, course & prognosis, management & treatment
  2. Delusional disorders; Acute & Transient Psychosis; Drug-related Psychosis
  3. Schizoaffective & Schizotypal Disorders
  4. Mania and Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

Learning objectives for module 5

  1. Develop a biopsychosocial  understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment and management of psychotic disorders including but not restricted to the Schizophrenias and Bipolar Disorders
  2. Demonstrate an ability to integrate theoretical knowledge about Psychotic Disorders and apply this to clinical practice

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Module 6: Mood & related disorders (Convenor: Prof Paul Fitzgerald paul.fitzgerald@monash.edu)

  1. Depression: historical concepts, clinical features, diagnosis, epidemiology, applied neurobiology, genetic & environmental aetiology, course & prognosis, management & treatment
  2. Dysthymia, Cyclothymia, Bipolar Spectrum Disorder
  3. Suicide, deliberate self-harm, epidemiology, biology, risk, prevention and management
  4. Insomnia and Sleep-wake Disorders

Learning objectives for module 6

  1. Develop a biopsychosocial  understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment and management of mood and related affective disorders
  2. Understand the importance, scope and limitations of risk assessment
  3. Understand the process of performing a risk assessment, including assessment and management of the suicidal patient
  4. Understand epidemiology, aetiology, assessment and management of sleep disorders and the principles of sleep hygiene

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Module 7: Anxiety, stress & related disorders (Convenor: Dr Phyllis Chua phyllis.chua@monash.edu)

  1. Anxiety: historical concepts, clinical features, diagnosis, epidemiology, applied neurobiology, genetic & environmental aetiology, course & prognosis, management & treatment
  2. Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic and Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety, specific phobias, Depersonalization and Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
  3. Acute Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  4. Sexuality, Gender Identity, Paraphilia, Impulse Control Disorders

Learning objectives for module 7

  1. Develop a biopsychosocial  understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment and management of anxiety disorders, including Obsessive-compulsive Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Trauma, Acute and Post-traumatic Stress Disorders and phobic states
  2. Develop an ability to integrate theoretical knowledge around these syndromes and apply it to clinical practice
  3. Understand the development of gender identity and the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment and management of Sexual Functioning Disorders, Paraphilia and Impulse Control Disorders

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Module 8: Substance and Related Use Disorders (Convenor: Dr David Jacka david.jacka@monashhealth.org)

  1. Cognitive disorders: Delirium, Dementia, head injury, memory disturbance
  2. Substance use disorders: illicit, alcohol, nicotine and psychotropic medication
  3. Personality disorders: historical concepts, clinical features, diagnosis, epidemiology, neurobiology, genetic & environmental aetiologies, course & prognosis, management & treatment. Borderline, Antisocial, Narcissistic
  4. Eating disorders: Anorexia & Bulimia Nervosa

Learning objectives for module 8

  1. Develop a biopsychosocial  understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment and management of the cognitive disorders, including Delirium, Dementia, head injury and other disorders of memory function
  2. Develop a biopsychosocial  understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment and management of substance use disorders, including illicit substances, alcohol, nicotine and psychotropic medication
  3. Develop a biopsychosocial  understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment and management of personality disorders, including Borderline, Narcissistic and Antisocial types
  4. Develop a biopsychosocial  understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, assessment and management of eating disorders, including Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

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Module 9: Social & cultural psychiatry (Convenor: A/Prof Rob Selzer rob.selzer@monash.edu)

  1. History of the development of diagnosis & classification systems; burden of mental health in the community; history of psychiatry
  2. The experience of illness: stigma & mental health literacy; cultural variance
  3. Principles of recovery; support services, consumer & advocacy roles
  4. Mental health legislation; duty of care & ethical standards; integrity & professional standards; introduction to statistics and understanding the evidence

Learning objectives for module 9

  1. Understand the philosophy of the mind
  2. Understand commonly used classification systems in psychiatry, including the philosophy of diagnosis, stigma, and consumer perspectives
  3. Understand mental health legislation and service delivery
  4. Consider the health economics of mental health
  5. Understand the impact of culture and cultural values on psychiatric assessment, treatment and formulation including the impact of indigenous heritage
  6. Understand basic principles of epidemiology as they relate to psychiatry, in particular research decisions, common statistical tools, large mental health surveys
  7. Develop skills in critical appraisal of research, including clinical trials
  8. Understand the recovery model and how it can be applied to clinical practice

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