The Psychiatry workforce in Australia

Posted 3/12/2021 by Alasdair Spinner


I thought it might be interesting to give you a snapshot of the psychiatry workforce in Australia. 


These stats were compiled in 2019. 


*In 2019 there were 3,615 psychiatrists (13.7 FTE per 100,000 population) practising in Australia. Psychiatrists represented 9.8% of all registered specialists in the country.

*Consultant Psychiatrists worked an average of 38.4 total hours and 31.9 clinical hours per week in 2019. In remoter areas psychiatrists worked average of 46hrs. 

*Male psychs worked 6.3hrs more per week than their female colleagues.

*Almost 9 out of 10 psychiatrists worked in major cities. 

*92.3% of all full-time equivalent (FTE) psychiatrists said their principal role was as a clinician followed by administrator (3.2%), researcher (1.6%), teacher or educator (1.5%) and other (1.3%).

*Hospital (27.3%) work was the most common setting. This was followed by solo private practice (23.0%), and community mental health service (20.0%). 



There continues to be a shortage of psychiatrists in Australia. Opportunities for SIMGs exist in major cities, regional cities or remote communities (coastal and inland). PR exemptions also exist for consultants over the age of 45 (subject to employer support, following conditions being met etc.) 


If you want to explore jobs or locations around the country, Spinner Medical Recruitment can provide you with lots of free information about money, migration demographics, mental health service data, RANZCP criteria, property values, independent schooling and partner work opportunities. 


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