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Discover psychiatry jobs in Australia & New Zealand

Whatever your lifestyle or career goals in psychiatry are, we exist to help you discover them. Get access to the largest network of specialist consultant psychiatry jobs in Australia & New Zealand, double the next largest agency.

Meet your Australian Psychiatry Specialist
Meet Louise Anker

I love helping Psychiatrists achieve their career and lifestyle goals. I have a real passion for the industry, a keen eye for details, and can think outside the box to find a solution to any situation.

Now is the perfect time to Locum with Medrecruit, we have a strong supply of Jobs and can work hard to negotiate the best terms for you.

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The consultant psychiatrist market in Australia

There is a high demand for psychiatrists in Australia due to what the AMA dubs a critical shortage.

There is a shortage of psychiatrists in many areas, particularly in rural and remote regions, which has led to increased opportunities for psychiatrists looking to work in these areas. The demand for psychiatrists is expected to continue to grow due to factors such as an aging population, increasing mental health awareness, and a growing understanding of the importance of early intervention in mental health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for mental health services, which has led to increased government investment in mental health care and job opportunities for psychiatrists. However, the job market can be competitive in major cities, particularly for certain specialties, such as child and adolescent psychiatry.

Experienced psychiatrists have the opportunity to make great money with the average annual salary in Australia of $220,000 and locum specialist consultants earning to $3,000 a day.

Latest Psychiatry Jobs in Australia

Specialist Consultant


  • Lismore, New South Wales AU
  • Locum
  • $2,800 per day
  • 10 Apr 2023 ~ 30 Jun 2023
Extraordinary natural beauty, a relaxed lifestyle and amazing cultural diversity lure many to this town in the heart of the far north coast of NSW. A high concentration of artists and creatives add a distinct flair and the rich surrounding farmland is known for its coffee, avocados, beef...

Specialist Consultant


  • Wangaratta, Victoria AU
  • Locum
  • $2,800 per day
  • NOW ~ 30 Apr 2023
Located in the heart of Victoria, this public hospital is a leading healthcare provider in the region. The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technology, providing patients with the best possible care. The hospital has a range of services including emergency, medical,...

Specialist Consultant


  • Taree, New South Wales AU
  • Locum
  • $2,700 per day
  • 24 Apr 2023 ~ 12 May 2023
Nature meets relaxed country charm. This 160-bed hospital is located on Australia's East Coast, 170 km North of Newcastle, and offers the following services: Radiology, Ultrasound, Orthopaedics, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, and Pathology. Based in a historic town on the banks of the beautiful Manning...
Meet your New Zealand Psychiatry Specialist
Meet Dominique Ross

I love that no day is the same. Psychiatrists are at diverse stages with diverse goals that we can work towards.

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The consultant psychiatrist market in New Zealand

Psychiatrists are in demand in New Zealand, due to New Zealand's growing and ageing population, which means increasing demand for mental health treatment.

There is a particular need for psychiatrists in rural and remote areas, where there is often limited access to mental health services. The government is investing in mental health care, which is creating new job opportunities for psychiatrists.

The job market can be competitive in major cities such as Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, where there are more job opportunities and higher salaries. However, the demand for psychiatrists is expected to continue to grow due to a range of factors, including an aging population and increasing mental health awareness. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health services, leading to increased government investment in this area.

According to Immigration New Zealand, IMG Psychiatrists are highly sought after as well.

In New Zealand, junior psychiatrists earn between $74,000 and $182,000 a year. Consultant psychiatrists earn between $164,000 and $245,000, and consultants working in the private sector can earn up to $600,000.

Latest Psychiatry Jobs in New Zealand

Specialist Consultant


  • Whangarei, North Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $1,500 per day
  • NOW ~ 13 Jun 2023
Located in the beautiful city of Whangarei, our public hospital is a leading healthcare provider in New Zealand. Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced medical technologies to provide the best possible care to our patients. We have a team of highly skilled and...

Specialist Consultant


  • Invercargill, South Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $1,500 per day
  • NOW ~ 01 May 2023
Heritage buildings and magnificent city gardens contribute an old-world charm to this delightful southern city.   Home of legendary sporting greats in rugby, netball, basketball and hockey, it has an indoor velodrome, Olympic-sized swimming pool and rugby stadium. Classic motoring fans gather to...

Specialist Consultant


  • Whangarei, North Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $1,500 per day
  • NOW ~ 16 Apr 2023
Located in the beautiful city of Whangarei, our public hospital is a leading healthcare provider in New Zealand. Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced medical technologies to provide the best possible care to our patients. We have a team of highly skilled and...
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Take control of where and when you work for a better work/life balance. Placements last anything from a few hours to a year. Make good money while considering your next move. We can show you ways of working that you may not have considered.

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Explore diverse and interesting areas of medicine. Discover a new career path and try different working environments. Feel appreciated and share your time and skills with a community that needs your expertise.

Locum FAQ's
Are accommodation and travel costs covered?

Yes! Most locum placements offer travel and accommodation arrangements. We can help negotiate this for you. This is usually hospital accommodation or a nice bed and breakfast, and flight or petrol reimbursement.

What length are locum placements?

Locum placements can be as short as a couple of days, though most doctors prefer slightly longer placements (a few weeks or months) so there’s time to get to know the area and the team.

Medrecruit also works with doctors to find permanent roles.

What paperwork will I need to apply for roles?

Your registration number, a current CV and three references are the essentials of any job application. Other paperwork that's commonly required is:

  • Evidence of vaccinations,
  • Evidence of your degree/fellowship,
  • Annual Practicing Certificates,
  • Indemnity,
  • A certified copy of your passport and/or driver’s licence,
  • Police vetting form.

What you'll need can vary slightly between Australian states and in New Zealand. Some states/locations also ask you complete an online training course (eMedical Courses). We're here to help guide you through the requirements and we'll give you a checklist detailing everything you need.

Do you charge a fee to doctors?

Nope! Our service is free for doctors. We're paid by hospitals and clinics for our services and are preferred suppliers in several states and areas. Because we have a huge network of doctors, we save clinics and hospitals time (and money) by taking the stress out of the hiring and credentialing process.

How will I get paid?

This depends on where you work – the hospital or clinic chooses how a doctor is paid. This will work one of three ways:

  • You’re paid by the hospital/clinic, as an employee
  • You’re paid by the hospital/clinic as a contractor
  • Medrecruit pays you directly

Your recruitment specialist can let you know which method you’ll be paid by for each job you undertake.

What is the average Psychiatrist Salary?

The average annual psychiatrist salary in Australia is $220,000.

Psychiatry registrars and senior registrars can expect to earn $85,000 up to $200,000 per year in a permanent role.

Psychiatry specialists earn up to $500,000 – with specialists in private practice earning even higher annual salaries.

Locum consultants are earning up to $3000 a day.

What subspecialties of Psychiatry do you recruit for?

We have Psychiatry jobs across a range of subspecialties including: Consultation-Liaison, General Adult Psychiatry, Child, Adolescent & Youth, Community Psychiatry, Perinatal & Infant Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Psychogeriatric, Indigenous Mental Health, Rehabilitation Psychiatry, Drug & Alcohol/Addiction, and Intellectual Disability

What qualifications do you need to work as a Psychiatrist in Australia and New Zealand?

The great news is Psychiatrists can work in Australia or New Zealand. If you are an IMG based in the USA you will need a Certificate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. If you are based in Canada Fellowship in Psychiatry or Certificate in Psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada. If you are based in the UK/Ireland, you will need the MRCPsych combined with the CCT (or CCST or JCHMT as appropriate). If you are interested in Psychiatry jobs in Australia or New Zealand, register and our dedicated IMG team can guide you on with medical pathway you need to take.