Understanding Schizophrenia

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CPD48m of CPD
First Published
Updated06 June 2021
Expires 30 July 2024
Recorded InBrisbane, Australia

Course Overview

Schizophrenia is an often misunderstood, complex mental health condition, with guidelines indicating those living with schizophrenia and psychosis receive suboptimal care and have significant morbidity and mortality rates.

  • What is schizophrenia
  • What is psychosis
  • Common positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia
  • Treatment options and strategies to provide care to a person with schizophrenia

Psychosis is a mental health condition that affects the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. There are many misunderstandings about the disorders, leading to wide-spread stigma, discrimination and isolation for the people living with the disorder, and their families. Stigma prevents people from accessing optimal healthcare, which can lead to high rates of disability and death (SANE Australia, 2014).

It is vital that healthcare professionals and workers understand what schizophrenia is, how to care for a person with this diagnosis and improve their confidence for approaching care providing this vulnerable population group.


The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to increase the level of knowledge of nurses and other healthcare professionals and workers when caring for a person diagnosed with psychosis and schizophrenia.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Healthcare professionals and staff will have enhanced knowledge and skills in the provision of care for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and psychosis.
  2. Healthcare professionals and staff will be able to describe best-practice approaches to caring for a person with schizophrenia and psychosis.
Target Audience

This Ausmed Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other healthcare professionals working in a range of settings, but especially those working in mental health or who care for people with a mental health condition.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Karen-Ann Clarke View profile
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke (PhD) is a registered nurse, specialising in mental health, and a lecturer in nursing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has been working in the field of education for over twenty years. Karen is passionate about the impact of emotional distress and mental health on individuals and families.
CPD time48m
First Published
Updated06 June 2021
30 July 2024
Recorded InBrisbane, Australia
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