Paper in Australasian Psychiatry
- Hunt, C., & Hyde, J. (2013). A taxonomy of psychology standards and training, and their relevance for psychiatrists. Australasian Psychiatry, 21, 113-116 DOI: 10.1177/1039856213476121.
The aim of the article is to describe the current standards for psychology registration and pathways to training that operate in Australia today, to compare these with international requirements, and to discuss how they relate to the work and training of psychiatrists.
The standards and training for practice in psychology involve multiple pathways that are not straightforward for the public or other health practitioners to understand. Most developed nations other than Australia require higher entry requirements into the profession. New national standards set by the Psychology Board of Australia, such as endorsed areas of practice, will lead to greater consistency in standards and make the task of referring to psychologists with the appropriate competencies more straightforward, allowing for greater collaboration between clinical psychology and psychiatry practitioners.