Psychiatry

A psychiatrist is a medical specialist who is an expert in mental health. They specialise in diagnosing and treating people with mental illness.
Minimum Time to Completion: 7 years from graduation

Details

Eligibility Requirements

Prerequisites for applying to enter the Fellowship Program are:

  • successful completion of a medical degree
  • at least one year (FTE) of general medical training
  • current general registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand

Application Process

To enter psychiatry training, applicants must:

  • be selected to enter the College’s Fellowship Program by a local/Branch Training Committee
  • be appointed to a College-accredited training post
  • have submitted a signed Application to Register to the College Head Office (separate from the application form submitted to the local/Branch Training Committee or delegated body)
  • have submitted a signed Training Agreement to the College Head Office
  • have paid the prescribed fees by the specified due dates.

Applicants are selected based on their:

  • written application and curriculum vitae
  • referee reports
  • performance at interview

Trainees undergo 60 months of certified training time, undertaken in three stages:

  • Stage 1 (12 months FTE)
    • 12 months FTE in an approved adult psychiatry rotation, including a minimum of 6 months in an acute setting
  • Stage 2 (24 months FTE)
    • 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)
    • 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.

They will also complete:

  • Work-place Based Assessments (WBAs)
  • Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)
  • In-Training Assessments (ITAs)
  • MCQ exam
  • Critical Essay Question Exam
  • Modified Essay Question Exam
  • OSCE
  • Psychotherapy Written Case
  • Scholarly Project

Annual Fee:

AUD $1,864 (or $1,330 for part-time trainees)

Exam Fee:

Written Exam MCQ: AUD $1,226
Written Exam Essay: AUD $1,808
Clinical Exam (OSCE): AUD $2,658
Case History Submission: AUD $795

Registration fee:

AUD $702

Key Information

PGY Intake Year (earliest)

PGY2

Training Duration (minimum)

5 years FTE

General Progression

Year 1
Internship
Year 2
General or Medical Year
Year 3
Commence Psychiatry Advanced Training
Part Time Option: Yes
The information found in this portal has been painstakingly collated by JMOs for JMOs, and is intended as a career progression guide for every aspiring JMO. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information presented on this website, but recent changes made by Specialist Medical Colleges may not be reflected in real time; please consult with the respective Specialist Medical College websites for the latest information. PMCV and JMO Victoria accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. Please feel free to contact our team with suggestions or comments via the feedback form.

Psychiatry

A psychiatrist is a medical specialist who is an expert in mental health. They specialise in diagnosing and treating people with mental illness.
Minimum Time to Completion: 7 years from graduation

Details

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

Prerequisites for applying to enter the Fellowship Program are:

  • successful completion of a medical degree
  • at least one year (FTE) of general medical training
  • current general registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand

Application Process

To enter psychiatry training, applicants must:

  • be selected to enter the College’s Fellowship Program by a local/Branch Training Committee
  • be appointed to a College-accredited training post
  • have submitted a signed Application to Register to the College Head Office (separate from the application form submitted to the local/Branch Training Committee or delegated body)
  • have submitted a signed Training Agreement to the College Head Office
  • have paid the prescribed fees by the specified due dates.

Applicants are selected based on their:

  • written application and curriculum vitae
  • referee reports
  • performance at interview

Program Structure

Trainees undergo 60 months of certified training time, undertaken in three stages:

  • Stage 1 (12 months FTE)
    • 12 months FTE in an approved adult psychiatry rotation, including a minimum of 6 months in an acute setting
  • Stage 2 (24 months FTE)
    • 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)
    • 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.

They will also complete:

  • Work-place Based Assessments (WBAs)
  • Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)
  • In-Training Assessments (ITAs)
  • MCQ exam
  • Critical Essay Question Exam
  • Modified Essay Question Exam
  • OSCE
  • Psychotherapy Written Case
  • Scholarly Project

Fees

Annual Fee:

AUD $1,864 (or $1,330 for part-time trainees)

Exam Fee:

Written Exam MCQ: AUD $1,226
Written Exam Essay: AUD $1,808
Clinical Exam (OSCE): AUD $2,658
Case History Submission: AUD $795

Registration fee:

AUD $702

Useful Resources / Courses / Conferences

Key Information

PGY Intake Year (earliest)

PGY2

Training Duration (minimum)

5 years FTE

General Progression

Year 1
Internship
Year 2
General or Medical Year
Year 3
Commence Psychiatry Advanced Training
Part Time Option: Yes
The information found in this portal has been painstakingly collated by JMOs for JMOs, and is intended as a career progression guide for every aspiring JMO. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information presented on this website, but recent changes made by Specialist Medical Colleges may not be reflected in real time; please consult with the respective Specialist Medical College websites for the latest information. PMCV and JMO Victoria accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. Please feel free to contact our team with suggestions or comments via the feedback form.

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