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Department of Psychological Medicine

The Department of Psychological Medicine is one of the largest Departments at the University of Otago, Christchurch. Over the past decade it has grown from a staff of less than ten to over forty.

The Department continues to be actively involved in the teaching of Psychological Medicine to medical students.

The Department is also responsible for the academic programme for Christchurch’s successful psychiatric registrar training programme. In recent years, the Department has expanded into new teaching areas including

  • postgraduate papers in mental health
  • mental health nursing
  • addictions
  • child and adolescent mental health
  • forensic mental health
  • eating disorders
  • psycho-oncology
  • primary care mental health
  • interpersonal psychotherapy

There are approximately 200 postgraduate and research students currently studying with the Department.

Upcoming Psychological Medicine events

flyer - Interpersonal Psychotherapy Workshop_thumbnailInterpersonal Psychotherapy workshop

A two day workshop for health professionals who have some knowledge of mood disorders and psychotherapy and have worked at least two years clinically. 

Read more about the Interpersonal Psychotherapy workshop


flyer - Maternal and infant health conference_thumbnailMaternal & Infant Mental Health conference

Day 1 for clinicians only 
Day 2 for clinicians and members of the public

Read more about the Maternal & Infant Mental Health conference


flyer - Psychiatry update_thumbnailPsychiatry Update 2017

The aim of Psych Update 2017 is to provide an update of key topics and up to date treatments in psychiatry for Australasian psychiatric registrars preparing to sit their Written Examinations.

Read more about Psychiatry Update 2017