Courses and programs

Psychiatry Training Program

Our History

The 2005 Review of the Delivery of Psychiatry Training in NSW recommended the commencement of a networked approach to training, bringing together hospitals and community health services from across NSW.

The Health Education and Training Institute was given the task of coordinating this program and continues to work closely with the health system, hospitals, colleges and doctors to ensure that on-the-job training is the best on offer in Australia.

Psychiatry Program Staff

NSW Health funds a number of positions to support Psychiatry training in NSW at a State Level, a Network Level and a Local Level.  HETI does not directly administer this funding but is responsible for its governance.

Our Partners in Training Delivery

Our training program is a joint initiative of:

  • NSW Ministry of Health.
  • Doctors and other health professionals who welcome our trainees into their hospitals, departments and clinics. They share their knowledge and skills, come from towns and cities across NSW and they form our networks.
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). The College represents doctors who specialise in Psychiatry and is responsible for the quality of training and the certification of our specialists in Psychiatry.
  • HETI Higher Education (Formerly known as The NSW Institute of Psychiatry), the University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre and the Hunter New England Training in Psychiatry. These three organisations run RANZCP accredited courses in NSW.

2020 RANZCP Accredited Formal Education Courses in NSW

Both HETI Higher Education and the University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre provide the additional option of completing these programs within a TEQSA accredited Postgraduate Masters course framework. The University of Melbourne also offers a Master of Psychiatry.  Their student support team can be contacted on 03 8344 0149.

Trainees are encouraged to explore each of the above training program options in determining which provider will best meet their individual needs.

Latest Publications

Literature Review - improving the quality of junior doctor training experiences in psychiatry: An exploration of the literature.  
Report prepared by Aspasia Karageorge

Key Online Resources

Psychiatry Recruitment Information Session

An information session was held for candidates interested in applying to become accredited trainees for the 2020 clinical year and can be viewed below.

The session included information regarding the recruitment process, presentations from each of the Networks regarding the training, opportunities and experiences available at their Networks, as well as an opportunity for candidates to have their questions answered.

The Network presentations can be found at the following approximate times:

Hunter New England02:05
Sydney South West North Coast12:14
Sydney West and Greater Southern26:10
South Eastern Sydney Illawarra37:20
Northern Sydney Central Coast