WBA Assessment Program – Useful Resources
Following are some useful resources for you while doing the WBA assessment program – Mental Health:
RANZCP Clinical Guidelines
Best part is they’re a free evidence based resource. The not so good part is that they’re quite lengthy documents so please try not to get too caught up in them.
A Primer of Clinical Psychiatry textbook
This is probably one of the best psychiatric textbooks. A visual of the cover can be found via the hyperlink below but I suggest googling it as the Monash Health libraries are also known to carry an older edition (which is still of great utility).
Victorian Mental Health Act 2014
If any of your cases have an element of risk to self or others, you should always be aware of the Victorian legal framework for compulsory treatment. Please don’t read too extensively on this as it’s a very complicated topic. Knowing the correct terminology, your responsibilities and the implications of compulsory treatment for patients should be sufficient.
The Psychiatric Interview by Daniel Carlat
A great book for dealing with difficult/challenging patients even in the absence of mental health symptoms. You can find a copy in most Monash Health libraries. If you can’t I urge you to consider buying a copy. I’ve had other AMC WBA candidates who have purchased it after finding it so useful.
Online multi-media resources for: mini-Cex, mental health history taking
Depression: psychiatric interview, University of Nottingham
Anxiety: psychiatric interview, University of Nottingham
Psychosis: psychiatric interview, University of Nottingham
General interviewing skills: psychiatry, University of Melbourne via Coursera