A certificate in youth psychiatry: meeting the training needs of psychiatrists

Iain Macmillan, Andrew Thompson, Megan Kalucy, Daniel Pellen, Eóin Killackey, Patrick McGorry, James G. Scott

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Objective: This paper provides the rationale for the development of sub-specialty training in youth psychiatry. Method: Training needs for youth psychiatry are discussed and the opportunities provided by sub-specialisation in youth psychiatry are presented. Results: The majority of mental disorders have their onset prior to 25 years. There has been substantial recent growth in services to meet the clinical needs of young people. The development of these services has exposed gaps in current training for psychiatrists, which varies considerably between child and adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Competencies acquired by psychiatrists in youth mental health are non-standardised, which may hinder optimal care. Conclusions: Sub-specialty training in youth psychiatry is needed to meet workforce demands. The development of a certificate in youth psychiatry, by the RANZCP Section for Youth Mental Health, is underway. This will complement existing training and provide trainees and psychiatrists the opportunity to develop specialist skills in the provision of mental health care for young people negotiating the transition between adolescence and adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • adolescents
  • education
  • psychiatrists
  • youth mental health

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