Psychiatry Training Positions


Alfred Psychiatry is seeking applications from motivated doctors who share the Alfred’s values of integrity, collaboration and accountability and wish to participate in the Psychiatry Registrar Training Program from February 2017.  There will be five first year (stage 1) positions available and 37 stages 2 and 3 positions.  Trainees will enjoy working in a recovery-focused service which promotes collaborative care and proactive engagement of families, carers and non-government organizations and strongly prioritizes registrar training and welfare.


Psychiatry Registrar (Stage 1)


First year rotations include six months at one of two adult inpatient wards at The Alfred, and six months at one of two proximally-located community mental health clinics in South Yarra and St Kilda Road. A structured tutorial programme includes weekly clinical education sessions from a range of specialist presenters, and weekly clinical interview skills tutorials that ensure junior trainees bolster theoretical and practical clinical knowledge.


Psychiatry Registrar (Stage 2)


Second year trainees will enjoy a focus on Child and Youth Mental health with six month rotations to both the Alfred Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the headspace Youth Mental Health Service. These placements afford myriad opportunity to work with children, young people and their families in a co-designed program that includes reflective family therapy and a discovery college providing co-produced and co-delivered activities. Child and Adolescent teaching occurs one morning each week throughout the year for the second year trainees.


Third year trainees complete a mandatory six months in Liaison & Emergency (C-L) psychiatry at the Alfred Hospital, working in one of Victoria’s largest C-L services with liaison attachments to several statewide subspecialty services with liaison attachments to HIV-psychiatry, lung transplant, trauma and burns, cystic fibrosis, renal, neurology, oncology, acquired brain injury and addictions units. A six month rotation in the Psychiatry of Old Age rounds out basic training.


Passing the FRANZCP written exams and OSCIs is a focus of stage 2 trainees.  Alfred trainees have enjoyed exceptional success in both of these summative examinations over the last decade. A five-month written exam tutorial programme runs twice each year, and a weekly clinical exam tutorial programme runs over four months prior to the OSCE exam.  All trainees have an individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy psychiatrist supervisor to support them in completing the 40-session psychological methods case. Psychotherapy training is augmented by weekly group psychotherapy supervision and an annual CBT seminar programme.


Psychiatry Registrar (Stage 3)


A number of opportunities are available in advanced or stage 3 training.  These include:


  1. Subspecialty training in Adult psychiatry, with adult rotations through a number of private hospitals including the Melbourne Clinic, Victoria Clinic & Pinelodge Clinic; the Alfred Psychiatry Intensive Care Statewide Service (APICSS); the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team; the Emergency Psychiatry Service; the Mobile Support & Treatment Team and the Homeless Outreach Team.
  2. Research positions with Prof Jayashri Kulkarni and Prof Paul Fitzgerald, whose primary research interests are in Women’s Mental Health and Neurostimulation respectively.
  3. Subspecialty training in Child & Adolescent psychiatry (with additional rotations in infant psychiatry & developmental disorders), Consultation & Liaison psychiatry, and the Psychiatry of Old Age (with additional rotations in Aged Liaison Psychiatry). 


Advanced trainees access a formal six-month Leadership and Management programme and also have access to group supervision in psychotherapy.


Registrars at the Alfred are encouraged to attend the weekly Professorial Grand Round, and fortnightly Journal Club. A peer support programme which includes individual meetings with senior psychiatry registrars, and monthly meetings for the entire registrar group, ensures a focus on trainee wellbeing.


For further enquiries please contact Dr Rosaria Forlano (Director Psychiatry Registrar Training and Workforce) at or via Ms Maggie Bergami on (03) 9076-2556. 




Step 1:  Please download the HMO & Registrar Referee Form (Click Here) and distribute
               to three (3) referees.  Please advise your referees to return them directly to the
               Medical Workforce Unit ( by the due date.            

             All referees must be at consultant level.  Registrars will not be accepted.

Step 2:  Click on the image and apply now online.  You will need to attach a current
              curriculum vitae and a cover letter as part of the application process.