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E-Learning: Short course in the Clinical Management of Mental Health

4 ethics 26 clinical Points Only R 4 000.00 (incl VAT)

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Neuropsychiatric conditions account for 13% of the total Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) lost due to all diseases and injuries in the world and are estimated to increase to 15% by the year 2020. Five of the ten leading causes of disability and premature death worldwide are psychiatric conditions.

Mental disorders represent not only an immense psychological, social and economic burden to society, but also increase the risk of physical illnesses.

It is estimated that approximately one third of South Africans suffer from some form of mental disorder, according to a SASH (SA Stress and Health) study conducted in 2003/4 and ratified in 2014 by professors Dan Stein and Soraya Seedat in the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch respectively. More than 17-million people in South Africa are dealing with depression, substance abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

In recent years South Africa has taken some important steps forward in strengthening its mental health systems. Mental health legislation has been reformed and there is some level of policy commitment to mental health. However, South Africa remains to have ongoing challenges, largely related to implementation. Some of the major challenges identified include:

  • the lack of officially endorsed mental health policy
  • the continued low priority of mental health
  • limited intersectoral policy integration
  • stigma and discrimination
  • inadequate integration of mental with primary health care
  • and ‘de-hospitalisation’ rather than ‘de-institutionalization.

Course Content

The following modules are covered in this short course:

  • The psychiatric interview
  • Symptoms and signs of psychiatric illness
  • Classification in psychiatry
  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Neuropsychiatric aspects of HIV
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Depressive and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive and related disorders and trauma and stressor related disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Somatic symptom and related disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disruptive, impulsive control and conduct disorders
  • Substance related and addictive disorders
  • Feeding and eating disorders
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Depressive, bipolar and attention-deficit/hyperactive disorders in children
  • Psychiatric emergencies
  • Suicide
  • Prescribing psychiatric medications
  • The Mental Health Care ACT
  • Ethics in Mental Health.

Course Design

This is an online course. Participants have till 30 November 2019 to complete the assessment process from date of registration.

Who Should Enroll

All healthcare practitioners.


Accredited according to HCPSA's Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 26 Clinical and 4 Ethical CEU's on Level 2.


Your CPD certificate will be generated to your online CPD Manager, upon completion.


For more information contact:

School of Health Sciences

Tel: 087 821 1109
Email:  healthscience@foundation.co.za
Address: P.O. Box 75324,
Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za

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