Why Psychiatrists in Australia are Among the Best in the World

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“What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?” You may have heard of this question hundreds of time now. And if you’re either of the two professionals, you could still be annoyed by it or already numbed by the many people who still get it wrong.

Well, to help you and the many people who still get it wrong, here is why these two professions are different:

While both medical fields deal with Psychotherapy, Psychologists deal with emotional and mental disorders through intervention and counselling. Psychiatrists, on the other hand, cure mental disorders resulting from physical problems—genetic or obtained; and treat these cases through medications and other medical processes (electro-convulsive therapy etc.).

Now that this issue is out of the way, let’s focus on Psychiatrists and their service in Australia.

Psychiatric service has always been an important provision in the Australian medical industry, and in the world as a whole. According to Focus on Psychiatry in Australia, published by the British Journal of Psychiatry, in the year 2000 there were about 2,000 practicing psychiatrists in the country, 80% of these are in private practice and most are located in the coast of the mainland. This number has incredibly grown since then.

With the medical service in Australia known to be among the best in the world, it is not a surprise to know that Psychiatrists in the country are considered to be among the best worldwide. This is mainly because of the comprehensive and intense training they receive even while being students in the field.

How to become a Psychiatrist?

According to The Psychiatrist, a person who’s looking to specialize in Psychiatry must first complete a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree or MBBS degree. This will usually take five years and must be taken at a school that is approved by the state’s board.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) notes that after the MBBS degree, the graduate will undergo a twelve month internship at a hospital to become a fully registered medical practitioner. This will then be followed by another year of residency as a medical officer.

To be accepted for the Psychiatric Training Program, an applicant must first pass a panel interview done by a team of psychiatrists at each state. Each applicant must be able to prove their suitability for psychiatric work and the profession as a whole.

When an applicant finally passes for post-graduate training, s/he must undergo a minimum five years of education. This process is divided into two: three-year basic training and two years of advanced training. Through these years, a trainee will work under the supervision of experienced and qualified doctors in hospitals and community clinics. Here their competency and experience are tested and assessed.

After such rigorous and lengthy training, whenever a Psychiatrist graduates from a state-approved Australian school, anyone can be assured that these medical practitioners are more than equipped and suited for any psychiatric task at hand.

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This article was published on 2013/07/04