Mental Health - Developmental Disability (GSDD5018)


This unit examines mental health issues in people with developmental disability, including the major psychiatric conditions, behavioural phenotypes, and challenging behaviour across the lifespan. A practical, multi-disciplinary approach to prevention, assessment and management will be discussed. Students will also critically review the factors influencing mental health care and mental health care access for people with developmental disability. Students will have the opportunity to examine a topic of individual interest in further depth.

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Web-based learning: no on-campus attendance required


Assignment 1 (45%), assignment 2 (45%), contribution to online discussion (10%)


Davidson PW, Prasher VP and Janicki MP, Mental Health, intellectual disabilities and the aging process, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, (2003)

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