Medical Practitioner (Psychiatry)

Psychiatrists diagnose, treat, monitor, and prevent psychological, emotional, and behavioural disorders and diseases in humans. As psychiatrists are medical doctors, they are capable of prescribing medicine to prevent or correct said disorders and diseases.

Duties and tasks

  • Discussing treatment plans with patients
  • Familiarising oneself with patients psychiatric or emotional histories
  • Interviewing and assessing patients to determine the nature and depth of presumable mental or emotional disorders
  • Ordering and setting up laboratory and other scientific and diagnostic tests to aid in diagnosis of patient
  • Prescribing and administering medication as necessary
  • Providing referrals and hospital admittances as deemed appropriate
  • Setting up and implementing treatment and therapy plans and schedules

Skills required

  • Ability to perceive when others are in need of help
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathy
  • Excellent knowledge of science
  • Open and approachable manner

Working conditions

Psychiatrists may work in large hospital, clinical, or office settings. They may be in business with other psychiatrists or other medical professionals, or they may run smaller personal businesses out of their home or small office. Psychiatrists also often teach on the university or medical school level.

Professional associations / Industry information

Institute of Australasian Psychiatrists Inc 

The Medical Board of Australia 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) 

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