Psychiatrists specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health illnesses and emotional problems. Psychiatrists have a significant understanding of both physical and mental health, as well as how these two facets of health affect each other. Conditions commonly treated by psychiatrists include schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and addiction. Some psychiatrists choose to specialise in particular areas of interest, for example child and adolescent, perinatal, old age or addiction psychiatry.

A career in psychiatry provides an opportunity to connect with people, contribute to the well-being of others, and better the lives of patients, their families, and friends. It is an evolving area of medicine with abundant research prospects.

Working in regional Queensland is specifically rewarding, as it allows me to contribute positively to the community and reach patients who experience a shortage of available services, mental health consequences of geographical isolation, natural disasters, and stigma. I have witnessed the resilience and sense of togetherness of rural and regional Australia, and I am grateful to be afforded the privilege to work in those areas.

Dr Shaileigh Gordon
Psychiatrist - Townsville University Hospital

Clinical Practice

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.

Psychiatry – Information

Number of specialists - QLD (2021)

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS (2021)

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

38% of 2022 workforce intend to retire by 2032

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

Proportion Female/Male trainees - QLD


2023 QLD Training Program Selections (First Year)

Eligible Applications Received
Applicants Selected

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2023 to the total number of eligible applications*

The data was sourced from the relevant medical specialist college, or from selection committees coordinated by a Queensland Health pathway/network, or an individual facility.


This data reflects a point in time figure for the selection of applicants commencing the first year of an accredited training program in the 2023 clinical year.

* eligible applications are determined by selection committees according to the eligibility criteria and required documentation prescribed by the relevant medical specialist college.

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2023 to the total number of eligible applications.

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Length of Training

5 years full-time

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

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 provides an opportunity for medical students and prevocational doctors to learn more about psychiatry as a career through many events and activities.

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Training program overview

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 current registration as a medical practitioner and have completed at least 1 year full-time equivalent general medical training.


Minimum 0.5 full-time equivalent commitment. Training must be completed within 13 years. Trainees should generally achieve fellowship within 13 years (calendar time), including any interrupted or part-time training.

Interrupted 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.

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