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    What Do They Do?

    What do they do?

    Psychiatrists are medical doctors with at least 11 years of training – usually more.

    They first do a medical degree at university. Next they spend at least 1 or 2 years training as a general doctor.

    They then complete at least 5 years training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

    (Reference: The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists) 

    How Can They Help?

    How can they help?

    Psychiatrists can provide a wide range of treatments, according to the particular problem and what will work best for you and your situation. These include:

    • medication
    • general medical care, including checking your physical health and the effects of medication
    • psychological treatments
    • brain stimulation therapies such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

    Psychiatrists tend to treat people who need their medical, psychological and social needs considered.

    (Reference: The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists) 

    How Do I Find One?

    How do I find one?

    As with all medical specialists, to see a psychiatrist you will need a referral from your GP.

    To access an online directory of Psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand, see: Your Health in Mind – Find a Psychiatrist

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