Australian overseas trained psychiatrists' perspective of up-skilling programme

McGrath, Pam, Henderson, Saras, Cabral, Sidney and Crompton, David (2014) Australian overseas trained psychiatrists' perspective of up-skilling programme. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 9 2: 123-132. doi:10.1108/JMHTEP-12-2013-0038

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Author McGrath, Pam
Henderson, Saras
Cabral, Sidney
Crompton, David
Title Australian overseas trained psychiatrists' perspective of up-skilling programme
Journal name Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2042-8707
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/JMHTEP-12-2013-0038
Open Access Status
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 123
End page 132
Total pages 10
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Pier Professional
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
– The purpose of this paper is to report research findings on the perspectives of overseas trained psychiatrists (OTPs) on the “The Overseas Trained Specialist Up-Skilling Programme” (OTSUP), initiated in Queensland, Australia to assist OTP's to prepare for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) Fellowship examination. Ascertaining and utilisation of OTP's views about the programme will enable improvements to be made to the programme and better implementation.


– An exploratory qualitative design was utilised for the study in order to provide insights on the quality and effectiveness of the OTSUP.

– Centred around two main themes. The first theme included participant's knowledge about the up-skilling programme with its subthemes of “finding out about the programme”; “perceived aims of the programme”; and “educational events supporting the programme”. The second theme revolved around participants’ perceived benefits of the up-skilling programme with its four subthemes such as, first, individualised support, second, the opportunity to improve practical and communication skills through OTSUP educational events, third, access to peer support and fourth, provision of specific information on the RANZCP examination process.

Research limitations/implications
– Limitations as this was a qualitative study, the findings can only be applicable to a similar context. Nevertheless, the findings do provide support for an educational initiative that assisted the OTS to better prepare for the RANZCP examination. To gain further insight into challenges faced by OTS with successfully passing the examination in less frequent attempts, programmes such as the OTSUP need to be improved and sustained.

– The findings provide valuable insight into how OTPs view the up-skilling programme. Moreover, the findings pave the way forward in how the programme can be improved in the future to assist OTPs prepare for the RANZCP examination.
Keyword Overseas trained psychiatrist
RANZCP examination
Specialist up-skilling programme
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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