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Bassiri, Mojdeh; Lyons, Zaza; Hood, Sean – Education Research and Perspectives, 2011
Stigmatisation among mental health professionals can have a significant impact on individuals who work in the area, and on recruitment of people into the mental health workforce. This study aimed to investigate the source, type and impact of positive and negative comments, attitudes and behaviours experienced by psychiatrists and psychiatric…
Descriptors: Negative Attitudes, Mental Disorders, Mental Health Workers, Mental Health
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Bennett, Kellie; Lyons, Zaza – Education Research and Perspectives, 2011
The importance of teaching communication skills in any undergraduate medical curriculum cannot be overstated. Effective doctor-patient communication is widely recognised as an essential aspect of quality patient care. A communication skills module developed for first year medical students at the University of Western Australia (UWA) is described…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communication Skills, Medical Education, Medical Students
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Lyons, Zaza; Laugharne, Jonathan – Education Research and Perspectives, 2011
Multiculturalism is a familiar concept in many developed countries. While cultural competency training is part of most medical curricula, training in cultural psychiatry at the undergraduate level is typically minimal. It is important that medical graduates are both culturally competent and able to respond to the mental health needs of patients…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Pluralism, Intercultural Communication, Patients
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Lyons, Zaza; Hood, Sean – Education Research and Perspectives, 2011
The stigmatisation of mental illness in Australian and other Western societies is now well documented. This article presents a description of the "stigmatisation" problem associated with mental illness, and discusses the impact that this problem has had on the demand for Psychiatry as a career. The approach taken at UWA to address the…
Descriptors: Medical Students, Mental Disorders, Psychiatry, Teaching Methods