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Psychiatrist

Role and key duties

Psychiatrists diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioural disorders in patients.

Duties may include: examining the patient to determine the nature of the disorder or illness, and recording the patient's medical information; ordering, performing and analysing laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic images and procedures; providing overall care for patients and prescribing and administering treatments, medications and other remedial measures; providing aid in the prevention of diseases and disorders by advising patients on diet, exercise, hygiene andgeneral health; and prescribing and administering medication and inoculating patients to prevent infectious or contagious diseases.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of a Degree in Medicine and postgraduate qualification that may be required for specialisation in the role.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Medicine and postgraduate qualification that may be required for specialisation in the role.



Job Family

Health and allied health
Allied health is about the prevention, treatment and management of illness and ensuring the wellbeing of Victorians, young and old. Allied health professionals can work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be hospital or community based.


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