Doctor and Psychiatry Registrar, Liam Hackett, has kicked off his specialty at the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Mental Health Unit.
Home to the Postgraduate Training in Psychiatry (PGT) office which supports Queensland-based doctors working towards Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), Metro South Health was the obvious choice for Liam.
“I’ve worked in a variety of specialties but found that psychiatry delved further into the human aspects of medicine, so I believe it’s one of the most rewarding fields I could choose to pursue,” he said.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed how mental health teams are more thoroughly “integrated” than other specialities,” he said.
Working across various departments in the hospital including inpatients, outpatients and emergency, Liam said the experience offered through his role at PA is invaluable.
“Psychiatry involves many more non-medically trained staff, such as psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, nursing staff and more.
“The expertise of all people working in the team here is incredible to be a part of; all for the benefit of the patient, rather than a team run by a single specialist,” he said.
Psychiatrists do at least eleven years of training, including a medical degree at university, followed by general medical experience. They must take part in at least five years of psychiatry training under the supervision of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).