Psychiatry Jobs

Psychiatry Jobs in Australia

Our expert team have the knowledge and skills needed to help you find your perfect Psychiatry job in Australia. It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a locum job or a permanent job, they will ensure you are given every possible opportunity to secure your ideal Psychiatrist job. With nearly 30 years’ experience in medical and healthcare recruitment, Careers Connections International has an unrivalled network of health services across the country.

Feel free to contact us directly or submit your CV and our consultants will provide the most up-to-date opportunities for positions from Registrar Psychiatrists through to Consultant Psychiatrist positions.

If you need any assistance with AHPRA or RANZCP registrations or applications, we will be more than happy to assist. See further information below about the FRANZCP process and qualifiers.

Types of Psychiatrist Jobs

Most Psychiatrists begin their career with general psychiatry before going on to specialise in certain areas, such as:

Child Psychiatrist

Trained to treat patients under the age of 18. This is an important area of psychiatry because many medications are not appropriate for children and teens.

Adolescent Psychiatrist

Similar to a Child Psychiatrist, an Adolescent Psychiatrist is trained to treat the younger persons.

Forensic Psychiatrist

Forensic Psychiatrists work with the criminal and court system. They specialise in mental health disorders that lead to criminal activity. Often, they will be expected to determine whether an inmate is suitable for trial.

Geriatric Psychiatrist

Geriatric Psychiatrists specialise in elderly persons. Many Geriatric Psychiatrists work with older patients that have dementia or Alzheimer's disease. These mental health disorders can sometimes be accompanied by additional mental illness such as depression or anxiety.

Addiction Psychiatrist

Addiction Psychiatrists specialise in addiction treatment. Persons who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction often suffer from additional mental health disorders. They are also able to prescribe medications to help patients cope with withdrawal as well as their mental illness.


A Neuropsychiatrist is trained to handle mental illnesses related to brain injuries, diseases, and nervous system problems. These psychiatrists have special knowledge of the brain and how brain issues affect mental health.

Organisational Psychiatrist

Organisational Psychiatrists specialise in workplace and organisational behaviour. They may be utilised by companies to help them develop policies and procedures that will enable them to provide positive mental health conditions.

Psychiatrists often begin their career with a residency programme after leaving medical school and depending on their speciality, they may be required to undertake additional studies.

Psychiatrist pays can be influenced by multiple factors including location and season; however, typical salaries are:

  • $250 000 - $500 000 for permanent consultant positions
  • $500 000 - $800 000 for VMO positions
  • $2000 - $3000 per day for locum consultant positions
  • $1500 - $2500 per day for locum junior positions

International Medical Graduates – Applying for Specialist Recognition of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP)

Before applying for Specialist Psychiatry jobs in Australia as an International Medical Graduate Specialist (IMGS) it is essential for your qualifications and experience to be evaluated by the RANZCP Specialist training committee. The evaluation process aims to assess the ability of an IMGS to practise as an unsupervised Anaesthetist at a comparable standard to that required of RANZCP.

Thanks to the excellent work of the RANZCP, Australia and New Zealand have one of the highest reputations in the world for having the safest anaesthetist standards, training, and accreditation procedures. Only Fellows of RANZCP can use the trademark qualification of ‘FRANZCP’, a world-wide recognised qualification trademark.

For further information on how to commence the RANZCP specialists’ assessment process, go to the RANZCP International Medical Training for Graduates and the RANZCP FAQ’s for International Medical Graduates

Pursuing a Fellowship in Psychiatry

To become a Psychiatry Specialist, at least seven years in post-graduate training is expected. This includes two years of pre-vocational experience and five years in Specialist Psychiatry training post-graduate.

Fellowship is gained in Australia and New Zealand from the specialist qualification known as Fellowship of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (FRANZCP). Thanks to the excellent work of the RANZCP, Australia and New Zealand have one of the highest reputations in the world for having the safest anaesthetist standards, training and accreditation procedures. Only Fellows of RANZCP can use the trademark qualification of ‘FRANZCP’, a world-wide recognised qualification trademark.

Training and assessment for Fellowship

To gain the Fellowship of RANZCP, training and assessments are required within a timeframe of 7 years. The RANZCP training program for Fellowship is relevant to all practitioners that have completed their training in Australia.

Caring for Your Patients as a Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists can work across many areas not limited to Child & Youth, Forensic, General Adult, AOD, Disability, Indigenous, Rehabilitation and Perinatal.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is either a subspecialty within psychiatry or a medical specialty in its own right. In comparison to Adult Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry requires a more structured and considered approach.

With Child Psychiatry, there is the potential of child protection and confidentiality issues. As well as this, children are not always able to express their experiences clearly. Therefore, psychiatrists are often required to interview parents, carers, and school teachers.

Due to the ageing of the Australian population, the importance of Old Age Psychiatry is steadily growing. This requires effective communication skills with elderly patients, the ability to perform comprehensive geriatric assessments as well as the ability to deal with medical co-morbidity and pharmacological treatment in the elderly.

However, it doesn’t matter what age a patient is or why they are suffering, Psychiatrists are important and necessary to anyone with mental health issues.

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Latest Psychiatry Jobs

2020-11-30 22:44:00

Psychiatry CMO

14 December, 2020 - 11 June, 2021

Inpatient Clinic - Regional Hospital in Tasmania

Mixture of shifts as per roster

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2020-12-01 06:26:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - C&A - Queensland

Indicative salary $300,000 - $450,000 p.a.

Flexible work arrangements

Community & hospital-based role

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2020-12-01 09:25:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - C&A - Victoria

Indicative salary $300,000 - $450,000 p.a.

Clinical leadership role

Close to Melbourne CBD

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2020-12-01 09:46:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - Addictions - NSW

Indicative salary $250,000 - $400,000 p.a.

Collaborative workplace

2.5-hour drive north of Sydney

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2020-11-11 03:54:00

Mental Health Unit - RMO

Monday 16th November 2020 - Thursday 24th December 2020

Health Campus on Mid North Coast of NSW

Day shifts 0800 - 1630 + after hours roster TBA

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2020-12-01 10:47:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - Triage & Assessment - NSW

Indicative salary $250,000 - $400,000 p.a.

1-hour commute from Sydney

Work closely with Emergency and Acute Mental Health Services

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2020-12-01 11:13:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - C&A - NSW

Indicative salary $300,000 - $450,000 p.a.

Easy commute to Sydney CBD, the Hawkesbury and Katoomba

Contribute to the clinical leadership of the psychiatry team

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2020-11-30 07:15:00

Psychiatry RMO/JMO - Older Persons Unit

18 - 29 January, 2021

Public Hospital in Canberra

Older Persons Unit

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2020-11-10 05:08:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - Addictions - Northern Territory

Attractive salary range $350,000 - $450,000 p.a.

Specialised mental health and addictions service

Experience the beauty of Kakadu National Park

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2020-11-10 04:55:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - Forensics - Tasmania

Indicative remuneration $300,000 - $450,000 p.a.

Multidisciplinary work environment

Professional development opportunities

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2020-11-10 04:49:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - WA

Salary range $350,000 - $450,000 p.a.

Fixed term, full time appointment - up to 5 years

Flexible work and leave arrangements

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2020-11-10 04:32:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - Old Age - Northern NSW

Generous remuneration $250,000 - $400,000 p.a.

Large training and referral hospital

Relaxed regional area with country charm

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2020-11-10 04:26:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - General Adult - QLD

Generous salary package $380,000 - $450,000 p.a.

Experienced mental health team

Large riverside regional city

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2020-11-10 04:25:00

Lead Consultant Psychiatrist - Nth Qld

Attractive salary $300,000 - $450,000 p.a.

Supportive work environment and team

Large tertiary health service in Northern QLD

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2020-11-10 04:23:00

Consultant Psychiatrist - C&A - Regional NSW

Competitive remuneration $300,000 - $450,000 p.a.

Supportive and dedicated mental health team

Relaxed country lifestyle

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2020-11-30 01:19:00

Psychiatrist Locum - 11 Jan - 19 Feb

11 January - 19 February

$2000/day + flights +accommodation

3 days in Inpatient + 2 days in regional clinic

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2020-11-10 00:12:00

Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist - Northern NSW

Attractive remuneration $250,000 - $400,000 p.a.

Community role

Flexible work/life balance

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2020-11-30 00:06:00

Adult Psychiatrist Locum - 4 January - 25 June 2021

Inpatient Unit

$2000 /day + travel + accommodation

Monday to Friday - 8.30 a.m. until 5 p.m. On-call maybe required

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2020-11-30 00:02:00

Adult Psychiatrist Locum - 15 Jan - 3-6 months $2500/day

Excellent rate of $2500/day

3 to 6 months, shorter blocks possible

ECT cert required

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2020-11-09 04:10:00

Psychiatry SMO - 11-31 Jan 2021 (WA based candidates only)

$1700/day + travel + accommodation

Regional WA location

WA based candidates only

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