I feel like I’m contributing to something bigger than myself, working as part of this big team where everyone feels valued, and that we all share the same responsibility and are focussing on the patient.
Psychiatry is one of those fields of medicine where it’s rapidly developing and there’s tonnes of new research every day and there’s still so much unexplored territory and so much potential for growth.
Dr Alvin Laiman
Psychiatrists may work in public, private or academic settings, and may practice clinically through inpatient services, high dependency units, community health services or aged care facilities. Psychiatrists may also practice in non-clinical settings, undertaking academic or advocacy work in tertiary, government, not-for-profit or private agencies.
5 years full-time
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
Queensland Psychiatry Training Programs - Queensland Health Directors of Hospital and Health Services in conjunction with the Queensland Branch Training Committee and Office of Postgraduate Training in Psychiatry oversee psychiatry training rotation placements. Training is completed over various stages - 1, 2, 3 / advanced certificate training and includes various summative assessments (multiple choice and essay-style exams, scholarly project, psychotherapy written case, observed structured clinical examination) Information on assessments Information on training stages Psychiatry Interest Forum - Information and events for medical students and doctors interested in psychiatry and mental health. Visit Visit Post Graduate Training in Psychiatry for detailed information.
Psychiatry training is undertaken across three stages, initially acquiring the knowledge and skills required to practice within the general adult clinical setting, leading to application of this knowledge in a variety of settings with diverse patient populations, before finally progressing to an increased level of responsibility as they prepare to become consultant psychiatrists. RANZCP Fellows or trainees in the third stage of psychiatry training may commence a Certificate of Advanced Training (in areas including, addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, psychotherapies, consultation-liaison psychiatry and forensic psychiatry) to extend their training in the field. Psychiatry training incorporates workplace-based assessment, entrustable professional activities and in-training formative and summative assessments. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP).
Applicants must hold full current medical registration and have completed at least 1 year of general medical training.
Part-time training is generally a minimum 50% of full-time equivalent. Training must be completed within 13 years. Trainees should generally achieve fellowship within 13 years (calendar time), including any interrupted or part-time training.
Break in training is a period of interrupted training that has been supported by the Director of Training and prospectively approved by the Queensland Branch Training Committee and the RANZCP Committee for Training. Breaks in training can be applied for and approved for 1 year at a time. Trainees may accumulate up to a total of 5 years of Break in Training.