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Courses in the Department of Psychological Medicine


Postgraduate Certificates

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (endorsed in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (endorsed in Family and Systemic Therapies).  This course is no longer offered

Postgraduate Diplomas

Please note COBE 404 – Advanced Topics in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will not be offered in 2022. Expected to be offered again in 2024.


The following section is about the Department of Psychological Medicine contribution to the University of Otago medical degree.

Learn more about the University of Otago medical degree

MB ChB: Undergraduate medical degree

4th Year Teaching

Brief Introduction to Psychological Medicine in the course of the Clinical Skills Programme.

5th Year Teaching

While much of the teaching in the Department of Psychological Medicine is done in this module, the department also has input into other parts of the teaching programme and you will be expected to consider psychological and mental health issues in all of your clinical work. Likewise, because many people with mental illness also have physical health problems, we will expect you to consider these in your understanding of the patients you will meet and hear about during this module.

6th Year Teaching

Trainee Interns spend 4 weeks with the Department. During this time they undertake clinical responsibilities in a variety of inpatient and community teams in Wellington, Porirua,  Palmerston North, Hawkes Bay and Masterton. These include the opportunity for working in specialty settings e.g. Maori Mental Health, Forensics, Infant Child and Family, and Psychiatry of the Elderly. These placements provide an informal tutorial programme, which is complemented by seminars held weekly in the Department. Those Interns based in Palmerston North and Hawkes Bay will attend the seminars by videoconference.

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FRANZCP: Postgraduate Training Programme in Psychiatry

The Department provides the academic component of the Wellington Regional Postgraduate Psychiatric Training Programme. There are between 25-30 registrars at clinical attachments in Wellington (Capital and Coast DHB), Hutt Valley (Hutt DHB), Palmerston North (Mid Central Health), New Plymouth (Taranaki DHB) and Whanganui (Whanganui DHB).

The formal taught course provided by the Department takes place on Thursday afternoons, and we are proud of our long tradition of supporting registrars' training needs by ensuring their regular release from service to attend this.

The Department also provides academic support for registrars in the advanced phase of training.

We are very fortunate to have many highly skilled Consultant Psychiatrists who are committed to contributing to the academic programme, clinical supervision and mentoring of our trainees.

By balancing the pressure on trainees to pass external exams with the need to produce highly skilled reflective practitioners, we strive to provide one of the best Postgraduate Psychiatry programmes in New Zealand.

Further information

For further information about the Regional Training Programme please contact:

Dr Greg Spencer
Regional Director of Training
Nga Wahi Akonga
Porirua Hospital
Tel +64 4 918 2713

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