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Child and adolescent psychiatry training in Australia and New Zealand

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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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Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Australian Medical Association


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery


Branch Training Committee


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy


Committee for Training


Consultation Liaison


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - 5th Ed


Director of Advanced Training


Director of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Doctor of Medicine


Electroconvulsive Therapy


Entrustable Professional Activities


Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Fellow of the RANZCP


Full time equivalent


International Classification of Diseases - 10th ed


Interpersonal Therapy


Medical Council of New Zealand


Multi Choice Questionnaire




Objective Structured Clinical Examination


Recognition of Prior Learning


Specialist Specified Training


Subcommittee for Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists


United States of America


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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  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
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  • Australia
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