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Discover psychiatry jobs across 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 psychiatry consultant market in Australia

There is a high demand for psychiatrists in Australia due to what the AMA dubs a critical shortage. Since Covid, the need for mental health services is increasing and this means that hospitals and clinics across Australia have multiple opportunities for psychiatry services at specialist consultant level. 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


  • Mildura, Victoria AU
  • Locum
  • $2,750 per day
  • NOW ~ 02 Jan 2023
Based in Victoria (VIC), this is 172-bed (level 1) tertiary teaching hospital, offering services to both public and private patients. They provide the following services: Emergency Department General medical services Surgical services ICU Obstetrics & Gynaecology Oncology Paediatrics Psychiatry...

Specialist Consultant


  • Bansktown, New South Wales AU
  • Locum
  • $270 per hour
  • 06 Jan 2023 ~ 02 Apr 2023
Join a busy urban centre with one of Australia’s most ethnically diverse communities, close to central Sydney.   With over 450 beds, the large public hospital offers quality care in modern, purpose-built facilities. Services include medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, paediatrics, and...

Specialist Consultant


  • Camden, New South Wales AU
  • Locum
  • $270 per hour
  • NOW ~ 05 Mar 2023
This is a public hospital 65 km from Sydney CBD, offering the following services: Emergency department Hospice care unit Geriatric assessment unit Rehabilitiation unit Location information  The hospital is located in a historic town, less than an hour's drive south-west of Sydney.  Take the...
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 psychiatry consultant 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. 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. Consultants 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


  • Camberley, Hastings, North Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $1,500 per day
  • NOW ~ 31 Dec 2022
This 400-bed hospital is responsible for the planning and delivery of health and disability services in the Hawke's Bay area. It employs 2500 people and offers a range of services, the majority of services are offered at the hospital. Services include: • Emergency Department • ICU •...

Specialist Consultant


  • Dunedin, South Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $1,500 per day
  • 14 Dec 2022 ~ 14 Mar 2023
This is a 388-bed tertiary hospital which serves as the major hospital for the Otago and Southland regions. There are multiple services including: • Emergency Medicine • Maternity and Neonatal • Mental Health • Older Person's Health • Paediatrics • Internal Medicine • Ear, Nose and Throat •...

Specialist Consultant


  • Nelson, South Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $1,500 per day
  • 28 Dec 2022 ~ 27 Jan 2023
The Hospital is located at the very top of the South Island and provides approximately 140 beds for Nelson and Tasman patients. There are multiple services including: • General surgery • Orthopaedics • General medicine • Cardiology • General surgery • Orthopaedics • Geriatrics • Urology •...
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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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Travel with your work. Thousands of placements are now available in hospitals, clinics and medical centres across Australia and New Zealand. Experience life in a different town, city or country. Spend more time doing the things you love, or with the people you love.

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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.