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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 following modules are covered in this short course:
This is a blended learning course consisting of both an online component as well as a practical component.
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.
In order to qualify for certification you will be required to:
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