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Discipline of Psychiatry

Focused on diagnosing, treating and preventing mental illness
We conduct phsyciatry training and research to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders across six clinical schools and several major teaching hospitals in New South Wales.

Courses in psychiatry

The Discipline of Psychiatry within the University of Sydney School of Medicine is committed to offering the highest standards of psychiatry training and research, providing an exciting suite of psychiatry courses that are taught by experienced clinicians and academics through our network of clinical schools.

You'll have the opportunity to gain deeper insights into psychological disorders from the patient and professional perspective, and will learn important skills in assessing both the mental and physical contributors to mental, emotional and behavioural disorders.

Postgraduate coursework

For more information on any of our postgraduate psychiatry courses please refer to the faculty handbook or contact psychiatry.admin@sydney.edu.au.

Postgraduate research

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, visit our postgraduate research page.


Professor Ian Hickie

Professor Ian Hickie is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with expertise in common mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder in young people.

Our research

We are proud to conduct research across a wide range of areas relating to psychiatry and addiction medicine. Particular areas of interest include: 

  • adult psychiatry
  • affective disorders
  • anxiety disorders
  • child and adolescent psychiatry 
  • eating disorders
  • forensic psychiatry
  • neuropsychiatry
  • old-age psychiatry/psychogeriatrics
  • perinatal research 
  • psychopharmacology/drug and alcohol research.

Find an expert

Visit the University of Sydney researcher database to find an expert.

There are plenty of opportunities available to engage in research for honours or doctoral projects. Initial enquiries should be made to psychiatry.admin@sydney.edu.au.

Research affiliations


Becoming a psychiatrist

Psychiatry training is a postgraduate medical course for doctors. Trainees who complete the program are eligible to become Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP), which qualifies them to practise independently as consultant psychiatrists in Australia or New Zealand.

At the University of Sydney, the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) is accredited by RANZCP as a formal education course mandated for the first three years of the five-year RANZCP training program. During the training period, trainees work as registrars in hospitals and clinics, where they are supervised by experienced psychiatrists.

Contact us

Address
  • Westmead Clinical School Clinical Sciences Level 2 Westmead Hospital Westmead NSW 2145

Head of Discipline

Professor Anthony Harris
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Program Director

Associate Professor Louise Nash
Associate Professor Louise Nash
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