What is a Consultant Psychiatrist?

Cygnet Clinic Psychiatry

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are experts in mental health. They specialise in diagnosing and treating people with mental illness.

Psychiatrists have a deep understanding of physical and mental health – and how they affect each other. They help people with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, ADHD/ADD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and addiction, just to name a few.  Find out more in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Bachelors Degree

5/6 years
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery.
This is the degree in Australia that is required to become a Doctor. All Medical Practitioners (including GPs, Surgeons, Neurologists) are required to hold a MBBS enabling eligibility to practice Medicine. 


1 Year +
After completion of the MBBS,
doctors are required to undertake entry level position as a Medical Officer in a hospital setting to provide extended training in a number of areas of Medicine throughout the health system. They are often referred to as Resident Doctors.


5 Years
A registrarship program accepts top applicants who have completed their RMO and basic training and performed at a very high level. The Registrar program is intensive are requires long hours of work (typically in an inpatient hospital) whist also sitting exams 

Consultant Psychiatrist

Specialist Consultant
On successful completion of the registrarship (including intensive examinations), a candidate is awarded a Specialist Title of Psychiatrist and is required to be a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (FRACZP). A Consultant is also required to train junior doctors are registrars. 


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