Schizophrenia and related disorders: clinical practice guideline and associated resources

Clinical practice guideline for the management of schizophrenia and related disorders
(2016) [PDF; 2.2MB]

Guidance addressing all aspects of the care of people with schizophrenia and related disorders. Includes correct diagnosis, symptom relief and recovery of social function.

Key practice points

The guidelines advise a clinical staging approach and deliver specific recommendations for:

  • comprehensive treatment using second generation antipsychotic agents continuously for 2-5 years
  • early treatment of comorbid substance use
  • community treatment after initial contact, during crises and after discharge from hospital
  • physical health monitoring and management of comorbidities, particularly metabolic health
  • interventions to optimise recovery of social function
  • management of schizophrenia in specific populations and circumstances.

Associated resources

Early psychosis resources


Community resources

RANZCP webinars

The following webinars provide information about the guideline and are accredited for CPD under section 4.6. [RANZCP member log-in required].

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