Network B Psychiatry Program

The Network B training program consists of:

  • Education Sessions, Journal Clubs, Case Presentations are run weekly at most sites which provide trainees with opportunity to present and discuss their cases, ethical issues, psychiatry journal articles.

  • Exam Preparation sessions for pre-examination candidates for both written and clinical examinations are run weekly at various sites within the network to assist you to prepare for your exams.

  • Simulated Trial Exams are organised to give you an opportunity to practice in an exam environment.

  • Psychotherapy Supervision may be provided during working hours by our team of experienced Psychotherapists and Psychiatrists.

  • Psychotherapy Education which includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Supervision, CBT workshops, and Basic Counselling Skills courses are available for trainees.

  • Dedicated libraries available at all hospitals, including access to intranet and internet resources.

  • Professional Development programs.

  • Resource collection for exam preparation including OSCE, OCE, M-OSCE, past RANZCP exam papers, comprehensive collection of review articles, core selection of relevant textbooks and clinical tools for exam preparation.  All frequently updated at the College website at http://www.ranzcp.org/

  • Strong Academic Links to the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales.

  • Opportunities for further research with many academic units.

  • Specialty training workshops.

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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.

Supervision

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.