It’s time to examine the status of our undergraduate mental health curricula

Susan J Thomas, Brahmavar N Pai and Kerry Dawes
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11383
Published online: 3 June 2013

To the Editor: Review of undergraduate mental health education is timely, given the growing disease burden of mental disorders and the need to better equip doctors for their central role in treatment. Curricula should prepare all doctors with competencies in recognising and treating mental health problems,1 because these occur frequently in patients across all branches of medicine, leading to poorer outcomes.2 Curricula should also prepare a minority of doctors for specialist psychiatry training.1

  • Susan J Thomas
  • Brahmavar N Pai
  • Kerry Dawes

  • Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW.


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