Psychiatric Medicine

Our contemporary Psychiatric Medicine postgraduate program has been designed to meet the needs of Psychiatrists, General Practitioners and Rural and Remote Medicine Specialists.  Developed in liaison with leading practitioners, educational experts, Colleges and people with lived experience of mental illness, the course will offer students the opportunity to apply the latest knowledge and perspectives.

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This course has been developed to provide clear learning pathways for medical practitioners in their respective fields. The Psychiatric Medicine framework facilitates interprofessional collaboration and offers students the opportunity to study alongside and learn from other medical specialists. This includes:

The Psychiatric Medicine course is designed to meet the Stage 1 and 2 course requirements of the RANZCP for Psychiatry trainees. Particular electives and teaching and learning assessments ensure that GP and Rural and Remote Medicine Specialists needs are also met.

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To undertake postgraduate study at HETI, students will need to meet the entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

New to 2018! RANZCP Training and Professional Development Support

To better equip students to prepare for RANZCP assessments and ‘survive training’ we have introduced a new stream of weekly activities commencing with Stage One trainees.  This program supplements your education with attention to the special requirements needed for this important work transition. Activities will include:

  • How to prepare for Work Based Assessments and examinations
  • How to best prepare for and approach MCQs for success
  • Applying critical appraisal skills to examinations
  • Looking after yourself through the training process
  • Making the most of working with your supervisor and colleagues

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Nested within the framework for Psychiatric Medicine are three course levels:

  • Graduate Certificate – (generally 1 year)
  • Graduate Diploma – (generally 2 years) and
  • Masters – (generally 3 years) 

This structure allows students the option to exit at a point appropriate to their needs with a recognised accredited award.

In line with contemporary practice, the course is founded on the CanMEDS framework of medical capabilities and the curricula of the respective Colleges: RANZCP, RACGP and ACRRM.

To view the course structure within a professional pathway, click on the specialisation links below.

Course Learning Outcomes

The Psychiatric Medicine program is founded on the reality that people with mental illness need continuity in care as they move across settings. There is a need for a new generation of doctors who can:

  • Draw upon common mental health knowledge
  • Apply treatments shaped by context and discipline expertise
  • Carry out true partnership with patients
  • Collaborate across disciplines

For this reason, we have uniquely designed the Psychiatric Medicine program to meet the needs of Medical Practitioners who work with people with lived experience of mental illness.

In line with contemporary practice, the course is founded on the CanMEDS framework of medical capabilities and the curricula of the respective Colleges: RANZCP, RACGP and ACRRM.

To view the professional overview and pathway, click on the specialisation links below.

Study Mode

Flexibility is a key to delivery with psychiatric medicine students being able to learn and participate through three options:

  • face-to-face
  • remotely online
  • or a blend of both modes

In addition, HETI Higher Education offers flexible study options whereby course units may be studied as non-award or professional development.

HETI Higher Education uses leading information technology resources and methods to ensure all students have an engaging learning experience.

Technical requirements

Postgraduate Course in Psychiatry Program

Students undertaking a formal education course (FEC) in psychiatry, accredited by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), are required to study units within the Framework for Psychiatric Medicine. These can be undertaken as part of the Master of

Psychiatric Medicine (assessed), or as continuing professional development non-assessed units in the Postgraduate Course in Psychiatry (PCP).

Students within the Masters Course and PCP are taught together, but only students undertaking the Masters are eligible for academic credit and the award of Master of Psychiatric Medicine.

Students completing the PCP will receive a certificate of attainment.

Underpinning HETI mental health education is a strong recovery-oriented philosophy and practice. Our programs of study feature an integrated and holistic approach to meet the expressed needs of people with lived experience and carers based on a recovery-oriented philosophy.

Through supporting the recovery journeys of people with mental illness, we are about maximising hope, resilience, self-management and advocacy.

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We recognise the reality that people with mental illness need continuity as they move between professionals and settings. The Psychiatric Medicine program aims to overcome the limitations created by doctors training within a particular specialty or setting. This integrated approach ensures students will learn to work with a range of health professionals, mental health consumers, their families and carers, as collaborators supporting individuals with mental health issues to live well.

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General Practitioners

Rural and Remote Medicine Specialists

    North Parramatta

Building 101, Cumberland Hospital
5 Fleet Street, North Parramatta
NSW 2151

   (02) 9840 3833
     (02) 9840 3838

    Gladesville Office

Building 12, Gladesville Hospital
Shea Close, Gladesville
NSW 2111

    (02) 9844 6551