Specialist training in psychiatry in the central and top of the South Island is co-ordinated from Christchurch.
The Training Programme in Christchurch itself is integrated with the clinical services provided by Canterbury District Health Board and is focused around Trainees gaining the qualification of Fellowship of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP).
The Christchurch programme has up to 28 full time equivalent training posts located in a wide variety of service locations.
Satellite training experiences in Nelson and Timaru are also available.
Clinical attachments available in Christchurch include the following:
- Adult General psychiatry
- Community psychiatry
- Emergency psychiatry
- Consultation-liaison psychiatry
- Child and Adolescent psychiatry
- Forensic psychiatry
- Addiction Psychiatry
- Psychiatry of Old Age
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Mothers and Babies Psychiatry
- Clinical research
- Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability
Posts are supervised by Consultant Psychiatrists appointed by the local Training Committee and approved by the RANZCP. The mainstay of the training programme is day to day apprenticeship in these clinical posts.
In the first year of training, Registrars work in general adult placements such as the Acute Adult Inpatient Unit and in Community Mental Health Teams. Thereafter there is more choice of clinical attachments, although some placements are mandatory for training.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists psychiatry training in Christchurch, New Zealand