Online course

Relapse prevention and physical health in a person with schizophrenia - Belinda

Belinda is a 22-year old woman with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Her first episode of psychosis occurred when she was 19 years old. She is a regular patient in your clinic, however you haven't seen her previously.

  • Start: 4 June 2021
  • Cost: Free

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It is recommended that 2 CPD hours be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.



Based on Quality Use of Medicines principles, these modules will support you in selecting the most appropriate treatment in consultation with your patient, and assisting your patients in using their medicines safely and wisely.

Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • obtain a thorough medical and medication history
  • engage the patient in a discussion about their health
  • prioritise management in partnership with the patient
  • order and interpret appropriate tests and investigations to guide decisions regarding treatment
  • recommend appropriate pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies
  • optimise timing and administration of medicines
  • monitor patient response to therapy
  • provide appropriate medicines information to patients, families and carers
  • write appropriate prescriptions that meet safe prescribing practices and legal requirements
  • access current information about PBS requirements and restrictions.

These course learning objectives will be explored through the patient Belinda, a 22-year old woman with a diagnosis of schizophrenia

The course comprises four modules:

  • Weight management and diabetes monitoring
  • Schizophrenia relapse prevention
  • Sexual health and complementary medicine use
  • Management of alcohol and other substance use.