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Psychiatry

Summary

Psychiatrists are medical physicians with additional specialised training who treat mental illness and emotional disturbances.

GPs can practice with a sub-specialty; this allows them to focus on a particular area of medical interest. See below for further information on the training requirements for a sub-specialty in Psychiatry .

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36–40 hours/week
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$176,134/year
average salary
5 years
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Psychiatry
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
   
Psychiatrists are medical physicians with additional specialised training who treat mental illness and emotional disturbances.
https://www.ranzcp.org/Home.aspx
$1,750 annual training fee
$661 initial registration
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Trainees need to complete a 12 month full-time training position in psychiatry. Prerequisites include an accredited training post and completion of core clinical training. A supervisor's report is required at six months in addition to five formative mental health mini-clinical evaluation exercise for trainees (miniCEX) and a 1,500–2,000 word mental health project.
Prerequisites for applying to enter the fellowship program are:
- Successful completion of a medical degree
- At least one year (full-time equivalent) of general medical training
- Current general registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand

Go to the RANZCP website for more information.
Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP).
For more information see: https://www.ranzcp.org/Pre-Fellowship/Psychiatry-as-a-career/Pathway-to-Fellowship.aspx
$176,134
Centrally administered assessments

Assessment: Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) exam: $1,150
Timing: Should be passed by 36 months full-time equivalent (FTE). Recommended for Stage 2.
Type: Summative assessment
Description: A multiple-choice computer-based exam. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

Assessment: Essay-style exam: $1,700
Timing: Should be passed by 60 months FTE. Recommended for Stage 3.
Type: Summative assessment
Description: A written exam. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

Assessment: objective structured clinical examination (OSCE): $2,500
Timing: Should be passed by 60 months FTE. Recommended for Stage 3.
Type: Summative assessment
Description: Practical clinical exam. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

Assessment: Psychotherapy written case: $750
Timing: Should be passed by 60 months FTE
Type: Summative assessment
Description: One long psychotherapy intervention (approximately 1 year or 40 sessions) with a written assessment of 8,000–10,000 words. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

Assessment: Scholarly project: $750
Timing: Plan the project early in training. Should be passed by 60 months FTE.
Type: Summative assessment
Description: Original research in an area related to psychiatry as selected by the trainee. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.
$8,850
Psychiatry training is a postgraduate medical course for doctors. Trainees who successfully complete the program are eligible to become Fellows of the RANZCP (FRANZCP). This qualifies them to practise independently as consultant psychiatrists in Australia or New Zealand.

The fellowship program takes a minimum of 60 months full-time equivalent (FTE) to complete. During the training period, trainees work as registrars in hospitals and clinics, where they are supervised by experienced psychiatrists.

Rotations
Stage 1
12 months FTE in an approved adult psychiatry rotation, including a minimum of 6 months in an acute setting.

Stage 2
24 months FTE in an approved training program, including:
- 6 months in a consultation–liaison psychiatry rotation
- 6 months in a child and adolescent psychiatry rotation
- Two 6-month rotations in any of the following areas of practice: addiction psychiatry, adult psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, Indigenous psychiatry or psychiatry of old age.

Stage 3
24 months FTE in an approved training program (four 6-month rotations) in one or more approved areas of practice. RANZCP-approved areas of practice are: addiction psychiatry, adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation–liaison psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, Indigenous psychiatry, psychiatry of old age, research/academic psychiatry and psychotherapies.

Certificates of advanced training
In Stage 3, trainees can choose to complete a certificate of advanced training by developing advanced competencies in a particular area of practice.
Application dates vary. Contact the college for specific application information.
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