If you’re interested in applying for the program, you will need to:
- Apply and secure a job with Canberra Health Services
- Be accepted into the training program by the ACT RANZCP Branch Training Committee.
Usually you will be interviewed for both your job and the training position simultaneously.
Applying for a job with Canberra Health Services
First year psychiatry registrars begin their training in February. These positions are usually advertised in June, with interviews conducted in September. Check the Canberra Health Services careers page from June onwards for Medical Officer vacancies.
There may be further rounds of recruitment throughout the year in which you might consider applying if you are looking for an unaccredited position or, are already a trainee elsewhere seeking to transfer to the Canberra training program.
Applying to the ACT RANZCP Branch Training Committee to join the psychiatry training program
Complete the form ‘Application to commence training in psychiatry’, found on the RANZCP website, and email with associated documents to CHS.PsychRegTraining@act.gov.au, addressed to the Chair of the ACT RANZCP Branch Training Committee.
Referee report forms can be provided on request, for referees to complete and send directly to CHS.PsychRegTraining@act.gov.au.
Applicants must have general registration with AHPRA in order to apply for psychiatry training. If you are in your first post-graduate year, and have provisional registration with AHPRA, you may apply during your PGY1 year in order to begin training once general registration is received. The Director of Psychiatry Training is happy to talk to prospective trainees who are in their first post-graduate year about the advisability or otherwise of a second year of post-graduate general medicine before starting psychiatry training.
If you are seeking to obtain general registration with AHPRA in Australia, please visit the Australian Medical Council website and AHPRA website for more information.
If you are already training in psychiatry in another part of Australia or New Zealand and wish to transfer to Canberra, please get in touch with the Director of Psychiatry Training Dr Philip Keightley at CHS.PsychRegTraining@act.gov.au.
You can read more about selection of trainees on the RANZCP website.