MEDI 7021 Mental Health Aspects of Allergic Diseases
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 401252
Coordinator Natalie Morrison Opens in new window
Description Allergic diseases are chronic conditions which can influence psychosocial wellbeing. Early recognition of effects on mental health is essential to ensure optimal support and enhance quality of life. This unit provides students with knowledge and skills to address mental health concerns in patients with allergic diseases. Modules will cover the psychological effects of living with chronic disease, anxiety and depression, somatic symptom disorders and eating disorders. Students will use online lectures, case discussion and evidence-based materials to explore key elements and strategies for effective mental health assessment and management in clinical allergy practice.
Discipline Internal Medicine
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 3 10cp
Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject
Co-requisite(s) MEDI 7009
Students must be enrolled in Master of Medicine (Allergic Diseases). Students must be medical practitioners registered with AHPRA or the New Zealand Medical Board.
A completed medical degree (MBBS, MBChB or equivalent qualification) is required and current practice as a clinician is desirable to successfully undertake this subject.
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explore common psychological conditions and effects in patients with allergic diseases.
- Consider the best strategies to assess and manage psychological conditions early in patients with allergic diseases.
- Use evidence-based resources to promote best practice in caring for patients with allergic diseases and mental health conditions.
1. Psychological effects of living with chronic disease including adaptation, loss, grief, coping and adjustment from the child and adult perspective.
2. Anxiety disorders associated with allergic diseases including generalised anxiety, social phobia and post-traumatic stress disorder.
3. Depression in relation to allergic diseases.
4. Somatoform disorders associated with allergic diseases including chronic pain, unexplained physical syndromes and psychological problems.
5. Eating disorders associated with allergic diseases including food avoidance and aversion.
6. Child specific mental health conditions associated with allergic diseases including separation anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder and other emotional, behavioural and educational effects.
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Participation: Facilitation of Group Discussion||30 mins||30||Y||Individual|
|Critical Review: Written assignment on topic nominated by lecturer||3,000 words||40||Y||Individual|
|Final exam: Multiple choice questions (MCQ)||1 hour||30||Y||Individual|
Subject Contact Natalie Morrison Opens in new window