Most Psychiatry trainees commence their training in February and August. However, it is possible to start training at any time. In either case, suitability for training is determined by the RANZCP Branch Training Committee. For applications to formally train in Psychiatry contact the NSW Branch of the RANZCP on 93523600. We can provide further guidance on this aspect.
At some point during your training you will be required to undertake a rural term in either, Wyong, Dubbo or Orange. Some accommodation and support to continue your training are provided during this experience.
One of the core aspects of psychiatric training is supervision. This includes the so-called "golden hour", where the trainee registrar and his / her supervisor meet for an hour each week, uninterrupted to discuss various aspects of the training experience.
Your supervision in basic training is a vital part of the assessment of your professional competence and is based on an apprenticeship model. The level and form of supervision provided shall vary as you progress the program, but should include the following:
Supervision shall be for four hours per week for at least 40 weeks for each year of training and should include at one hour per week of individual supervision. During the first year of training you shall receive closer supervision, with at least two of the four hours per week supervision provided outside ward rounds/case review meetings.
Supervision sessions should be scheduled, and must cover all aspects of your work, including after-hours work and your clinical supervisor should be working in the same clinical setting as you for at least three half days per week.