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About Psychiatry and mental health jobs in Australia

Find psychiatry and mental health jobs, careers and vacancies in Australia. Permanent, part-time, locum and casual jobs available.

Purpose and Mission

Psychiatrists are medical doctors that are trained to diagnose, treat and prevent mental, emotional and behavioural disorders using a variety of modalities. Conditions typically treated by psychiatrists include anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

The discipline of psychiatry applies all aspects of the biopsychosocial model, with a holistic approach to bring together the body and mind of a patient.

Reports To

The large majority of psychiatrists work in a private practice. This means most don’t have a direct supervisor, but are generally overseen by their professional organization or a medical committee of a hospital where they practice. Quite a few psychiatrists are employed by a hospital or clinic, and they often report to a service or department head at that facility.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Senior staff psychiatrists may supervise a number of team members including junior psychiatrists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Psychiatrists working in private practice typically have minimal supervisory responsibilities outside of the practice, but may serve on the board or in a management capacity at the practice.


A psychiatrist has earned a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree by graduating from medical school. Like all doctors, psychiatrists have to complete an at least two-year clinical residency to be licensed to practice independently.

Specialties within psychiatry include adolescent psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, child psychiatry, forensic psychiatrist, geriatric psychiatrist, medical psychotherapist.

Those who wish to become certified specialists in psychiatry may apply to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists for several years of additional training that will lead to a fellowship.

Responsibilities of a Psychiatrist

The primary job responsibilities of a psychiatrist include:

  • Assessing the status of a client to determine the character and extent of any mental, emotional and behavioural disorders
  • Carefully considering medical, psychiatric and psychological histories of clients
  • Examinations to assess the general physical condition of a client
  • Ordering laboratory tests, imaging, neuropsychological tests and the like based on her expert knowledge
  • Considering the results of tests and examinations to determine the best treatment options
  • Prescribing and/or administering medication, psychotherapy, and other treatments
  • Arranging admission to hospitals and offering in-patient treatment as required
  • Consulting with various other healthcare professionals relating to client medical needs
  • Assessing if clients require involuntary treatment per state, local and national laws
  • Working with law enforcement and the court system to manage patients in legal and forensic contexts
  • Teaching and supervising medical students and others as well as assessing their progress.

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