Psychiatrists are qualified medical doctors with both medical and psychiatric training who specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, behavioural and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists treat mental illness which encompasses conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and personality disorders.
Psychiatrists focus holistically on the patient's body and mind and are trained to recognise and treat the effects of emotional disturbances on the body as a whole, as well as the effects of physical conditions on the mind. Treatment methods can be physical, psychological, involve medication, or a combination of these. Psychiatrists will work in a variety of settings, including general and psychiatric hospitals, universities, community health services and public and private clinics. Psychiatrists are able to gain additional training and experience to specialise in areas such as child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychiatry of old age, forensic psychiatry, psychotherapy.
The Discipline of Psychiatry teaches across a wide range of programs and schools within the University of Newcastle. Our leaders are recognised for their extensive research in this field both nationally and internationally.
The Discipline of Psychiatry teaches into the five-year Joint Medical Program which is offered by both the University of Newcastle and the University of New England.
Many of the JMP graduates pursue careers in Psychiatry.