Psychiatric Education Unit


The Psychiatric Education Unit is an amalgamation of small teams dedicated to education and running of courses in the discipline of Psychiatry.

Medical student training

Medical students studying at the University of Melbourne's clinical schools are allocated to University of Melbourne hospital-based psychiatry units for clinical placements and focused psychiatric training. Students may be allocated to: Austin Health, Goulburn Valley Hospital (Shepparton), Northern Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent's Mental Health or Western Hospital. Here they receive practical first-hand experience on the wards as well as informative lectures and tutorials from consultants. This rotation aims to encourage students' interest in the psychiatry field as a career prospect, with the inclusion of opportunities for research and further training. The Department of Psychiatry additionally contributes to medical student teaching prior to the clinical years, as well as specialty teaching such as child and old age psychiatry.

Master of Psychiatry

The Master of Psychiatry primarily aimed at meeting the needs of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) trainees, but is open to any interested registered medical practioner who is interested to studying in the field of psychiatry. Structured classes and assessments are designed to complement the experience of practitioners in their workplace, providing contact with eminent speakers from within the university as well as the private sector. Students are provided with extensive learning resources via the LMS (Blackboard) and the Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD) program, among others. Core subjects contribute to a longitudinal learning journey through key topics in psychiatry, while the wide range of available Selective Subjects allow students to explore special interests in greater depth.

Further information is available at


Course Coordinator:Dr Mahesh Jayaram
Course Administrator: Ms Victoria Kingsley

Master of Mental Health Science (MHSC)

The Master of Mental Health Science (MHSC) is aimed primarily at those currently working or planning to work in the field of mental health, or for those working in organisations where mental health issues are prevalent. The course offers focused qualifications in students' chosen streams of study, selecting from any of the available Study Streams including: Infant, Child, Youth, Adult or Aged Mental Health. The course has a unique adaptive structure that allows students to exit with a qualification after reaching their desired level of study or to continue for a higher level; Students may obtain a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree. The MHSC is available part-time only, catering to working professionals' need for flexibility when pursuing professional development around existing commitments. While some subjects require physical attendance for 'hands on' clinical tutorials, most units emphasise online learning options. It is the scope for training options that make this course ideal for anyone interested to further their skills in mental health practice.

Further information is available at:


Course Coordinator: Associate Professor James Olver
Course Administrator: Ms Victoria Kingsley

Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD)

This government-funded project has been conducted in partnership with Cadre, an award-winning learning design and eLearning development company. The project has taken the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce and turned them into 110 hours of on-line curriculum for the national mental health workforce. Evidence-based mental health content has been transformed into engaging multimedia through the use of interactive simulations, case studies, animations, audio, video and graphics. The success of this curriculum is evidenced by registration of over 19,000 learners across Australia. It has been so successful that the government purchased 7,500 extra places for learners in 2013 and has extended the contract to develop additional content twice. The MHPOD curriculum was recognised with a silver achievement award (The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) conference of Australia and New Zealand) in 2012, in recognition of highly accessible, evidence based educational programs. Two positive independent evaluations have been completed by the UoM Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics, one in the target clinical workforce and the other in the NGO workforce.

Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice

The Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice is an online educational program based on MHPOD, linking to The National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (Practice Standards), as part of the National Mental Health Strategy and provides practical benchmarks for the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by all mental health professionals. The Practice Standards promote psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery and a 'human' approach to mental health service delivery by emphasizing partnerships and collaboration with consumers, family members and/or carers in service planning, delivery and evaluation. The course outlines the knowledge, skills and attitudes required when individual members of the five main mental health professions work in a mental health service (nursing, social work, occupational therapy and other allied health fields, psychology and psychiatry), and aims to complement each of the professional groups' discipline-specific practice standards or competencies and address the shared knowledge and skills required when working in a multidisciplinary mental health environment through critical analysis and practical application. A major component of the assessment for the Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice requires students to undertake a number of on-line learning modules with a peer group of health professionals from different disciplines to support the development of a workplace-based Professional Development Portfolio. Scheduled course deliveries throughout the year will enable the placement of successful applicants within peer groups to support this important aspect of the course. The Professional Certificate has been available since 2014.


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