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Child and adolescent psychiatry training in Australia and New Zealand

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Abstract

The specialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was formally recognised in the 1930s. The Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was established in 1964 in Australia, as a subspecialty in The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). The aim of the current article is first to provide a brief summary and overview of the current status of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP), followed by an outline of the requirements of the Training Program for CAP in Australia and New Zealand. The training required to become a fully qualified child and adolescent psychiatrist in Australia and New Zealand consists of different stages and takes the form of competency-based training. Information relating to assessment types, supervision and research requirements is also described. Accreditation procedures for the training program are stipulated by RANZCP to monitor standards and to ensure consistency within the programs delivered across Australia and New Zealand. Employment opportunities for trainees upon completion of the program are discussed. In summary, this article highlights the requirements of the training programs for CAP in Australia and New Zealand.

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Abbreviations

ATCAP:

Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

AMA:

Australian Medical Association

MBBS:

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

BTC:

Branch Training Committee

CAP:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

CBT:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

CFT:

Committee for Training

C&L:

Consultation Liaison

DSM-5:

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - 5th Ed

DOAT:

Director of Advanced Training

DOATCAP:

Director of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

MD:

Doctor of Medicine

ECT:

Electroconvulsive Therapy

EPA:

Entrustable Professional Activities

FCAP:

Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

FRANZCP:

Fellow of the RANZCP

FTE:

Full time equivalent

ICD-10:

International Classification of Diseases - 10th ed

IPT:

Interpersonal Therapy

MCNZ:

Medical Council of New Zealand

MCQ:

Multi Choice Questionnaire

NGO:

Non-government

OSCE:

Objective Structured Clinical Examination

RPL:

Recognition of Prior Learning

SST:

Specialist Specified Training

SATCAP:

Subcommittee for Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

RANZCP:

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

USA:

United States of America

WBA:

Work-place Based Assessment

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Professor Zepf (FDZ) was the recipient of an unrestricted award donated by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) and AstraZeneca (Young Minds in Psychiatry Award). FDZ has also received research support from the European Union, German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, the German Society for Social Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the Paul and Ursula Klein Foundation, the Dr. August Scheidel Foundation, the IZKF fund of the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen University, the Telethon Perth Children’s Hospital Research Fund (TPCHR); the Princess Margaret Foundation, and a travel stipend donated by the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. FDZ is the recipient of an unrestricted educational grant, travel support and speaker honoraria by Shire Pharmaceuticals, Germany. In addition, FDZ has received support from the Raine Foundation for Medical Research (Raine Visiting Professorship), and editorial fees from Co-Action Publishing (Sweden). The other authors have no disclosures to make.

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Rao, P., Caunt, J.N., Wong, J.W.Y. et al. Child and adolescent psychiatry training in Australia and New Zealand. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 29, 95–103 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-019-01422-5

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Keywords

  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Training
  • Australia
  • New Zealand