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Pathways to practice: overseas trained psychiatrists' experiences of the processes involved in commencing professional practice in Australasia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Abstract

    Objective: There are significant shortages in the psychiatric workforce in Australasia, particularly in the rural and

    remote regions of Australia and New Zealand. In response to these shortages, mental health services have recruited

    large numbers of overseas trained psychiatrists (OTP). These are specialist psychiatrists, trained and recognised as

    such in other countries. Our objective was to ascertain how OTPs experience the processes of commencing professional

    practice in Australasia.

    Method: OTPs were surveyed to identify the pathways to obtaining specialist registration and College Fellowship

    in Australasia and to explore their experiences as they engaged in this process.

    Results: Although limited by a low response rate, the data does highlight a level of discontentment among those

    OTPs surveyed. The key issues identified related to the examination process, poor communication between different

    agencies (including the RANZCP), visa and residency related issues, medical board registration difficulties and

    notable differences between Australia and New Zealand.

    Conclusion: There is a negative perception among OTPs regarding the existing pathways to registration as specialist

    psychiatrists and the attainment of Fellowship. We submit that the RANZCP has a central and important role

    in resolving some of the underlying issues and supporting OTPs as vital and valued members of the workforce in

    Australia and New Zealand.

    Keywords: Australasia, experiences, overseas trained psychiatrists, RANZCP, workforce

Authors


  •   Huthwaite, Mark (external author)
  •   Short, Jacqueline (external author)
  •   Garg, Vikas

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Huthwaite, M., Short, J. & Garg, V. (2012). Pathways to practice: overseas trained psychiatrists'' experiences of the processes involved in commencing professional practice in Australasia. Australasian Psychiatry, 20 (1), 24-27.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864024048

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/508

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 24

End Page


  • 27

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Abstract

    Objective: There are significant shortages in the psychiatric workforce in Australasia, particularly in the rural and

    remote regions of Australia and New Zealand. In response to these shortages, mental health services have recruited

    large numbers of overseas trained psychiatrists (OTP). These are specialist psychiatrists, trained and recognised as

    such in other countries. Our objective was to ascertain how OTPs experience the processes of commencing professional

    practice in Australasia.

    Method: OTPs were surveyed to identify the pathways to obtaining specialist registration and College Fellowship

    in Australasia and to explore their experiences as they engaged in this process.

    Results: Although limited by a low response rate, the data does highlight a level of discontentment among those

    OTPs surveyed. The key issues identified related to the examination process, poor communication between different

    agencies (including the RANZCP), visa and residency related issues, medical board registration difficulties and

    notable differences between Australia and New Zealand.

    Conclusion: There is a negative perception among OTPs regarding the existing pathways to registration as specialist

    psychiatrists and the attainment of Fellowship. We submit that the RANZCP has a central and important role

    in resolving some of the underlying issues and supporting OTPs as vital and valued members of the workforce in

    Australia and New Zealand.

    Keywords: Australasia, experiences, overseas trained psychiatrists, RANZCP, workforce

Authors


  •   Huthwaite, Mark (external author)
  •   Short, Jacqueline (external author)
  •   Garg, Vikas

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Huthwaite, M., Short, J. & Garg, V. (2012). Pathways to practice: overseas trained psychiatrists'' experiences of the processes involved in commencing professional practice in Australasia. Australasian Psychiatry, 20 (1), 24-27.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864024048

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/508

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 24

End Page


  • 27

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 1