Introduction

This case is designed partly for self-paced learning. You’ll get the most out of it if you try and answer the questions as you go along.

You can also interact with course instructors and other students by adding comments as you progress through the course.

The case has been developed for medical students at the Universities of Newcastle and New England but is freely accessible to other students. There are some instructions about a group assignment half way through the course (you can ignore these if you are not part of the JMP group of students undertaking this learning).

During the course, there are a range of quizzes to assist in your learning.  We also recommend you leave a question or comment in the comments box and one of our instructors will respond.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Outline the key ethical considerations in relation to psychiatric practice, in particular, involuntary care
  • Describe key concepts relevant to medical decision making in mental health legislation
  • Understand the limits of a risk assessment approach in psychiatry