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Recruitment update

Our main entry time into training is in early February, although we occasionally also have a mid year (early August) intake as well. Recent changes to the funding of training positions mean that employing hospitals (District Health Boards – or DHBs) receive significant financial incentives to employ trainees who are either New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents. This may make it more difficult for applicants from overseas to get training positions in New Zealand unless there is a shortage of local applicants.

All positions within the training programme are training positions in the sense that all positions are fully supervised, supported by the training programme, and all positions include time allocated to attend the Formal Education Course and pursue other avenues of training – typically half a day per week.  Trainees are working towards Fellowship of the RANZCP, doing a five year specialist training programme.

Training positions available

Entry dateMonday 29 January 2024
Applications openFriday 12 May 2023
Applications closeFriday 9 June 2023
Offers madeMonday 21 August 2023

Applications process on the Canterbury District Health Board website. You will need to select 'Psychiatry' as your speciality.

What’s it like training in Christchurch?

General information about being a junior doctor in training based in the Canterbury District Health Board

We think you will find training and living here to be rewarding, stimulating and enjoyable.

Last updated May 2020.

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists psychiatry training in Christchurch, New Zealand