Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists diagnose, assess, treat and prevent human mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. Psychiatric Registrars training as Psychiatrists are included here.

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    Overview

    Psychiatrists diagnose, assess, treat and prevent human mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. Psychiatric Registrars training as Psychiatrists are included here.

    Day-to-day

    • assessing patients' mental and physical status to determine the nature and extent of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders
    • assessing patients' medical, psychiatric and psychological histories
    • examining patients to determine general physical condition
    • ordering laboratory tests, imaging, neuropsychological tests and other diagnostic procedures
    • examining the results of tests and examinations to determine the most appropriate forms of treatment
    • prescribing and administering medication, psychotherapy, and other physical treatments and rehabilitation programs
    • arranging admission to hospitals and providing in-patient treatment
    • consulting, supervising and working with other Medical Practitioners and Health Professionals
    • determining whether patients require involuntary treatment in accordance with relevant mental health acts
    • assisting courts and other statutory bodies in managing patients in legal and forensic settings
    • teaching medical students and registrars, and assessing their progress by administering tests.

    Considerations

    • Stressful

    To become a Psychiatrist

    • You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists before you can specialise as a Psychiatrist.

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    • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is required.

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