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NorthWestern Mental Health psychiatry trainees attain one of
the highest RANZCP pass rates in Australia.
Not only that, they work in Victoria's largest public mental health
service and have access to the widest range of clinical, community
and specialist settings in the state.
With the support of the dedicated NWMH Consultant Psychiatrist
Group and excellent training, you can too.
NorthWestern Mental Health is part of Melbourne Health
Launch your psychiatry career with
Victoria's leading psychiatric training service
"I chose NorthWestern
Mental Health because of
its deserved reputation
for providing quality
mental health services.
Trainees receive high
levels of academic and
professional support from
the consultants. The
nurses and other clinicians
are fantastic too -- they
are very experienced and
are happy to share their
Dr Sumeet Kochar, first
year registrar (left)
pictured with colleague
Dr Celeste Hoopmann.
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Interns, HMOs and Registrars
When the mind takes over
Drs Suneet Kochar
She liked the challenge of the
holistic aspect --- the fact that
with psychiatric illness, it affects
every part of life and work.
NorthWestern Mental Health
For Dr Celeste Hoopmann,
psychiatry registrar at the Royal
Melbourne Hospital, being
selected for the NorthWestern
Mental Health (NWMH) training
program has been an exciting
beginning to her future career.
''It might be easier to get into
psychiatry than surgery if you're the
right sort of person but the training
at NWMH is particularly
outstanding,'' she says.
''People are very happy with the
variety of training rotations and the
support during training. As first year
trainees, we have started with the
acute inpatient unit where some
people are here for the first time
and others are long-standing
''They could be in hospital for
several weeks until we can adjust
their medication and provide a
management plan for their primary
health care team.''
Dr Hoopmann chose psychiatry
because of all the specialties. She
liked the challenge of the holistic
aspect --- the fact that with
psychiatric illness, it affects every part
of life and work.
''When you can treat the patients,
working with their family and
friends, it can be very rewarding,''
she says. ''Once people become
outpatients we have to ensure there
is plenty of community health care
support so that they can become
more independent. With advanced
medications and a better
understanding of compliance, many
people with psychiatric illnesses can
The acute inpatient units at Royal
Melbourne Hospital, Sunshine
Hospital, Northern Health and
Broadmeadows Health Service are
run by a very experienced team of
professors and clinicians who are also
researchers in areas of special
Dr Hoopmann loves working with
all the people in the unit --- doctors,
nurses, allied health professionals
and psychologists --- as well as the
consultants and senior registrars. If
there is nobody immediately in sight
there is always someone a brief
Dr Suneet Kochar also works on
the John Cade Unit and believes that
psychiatry trainees need to possess
reasonable communication skills. He
also thinks he is fortunate being
chosen for the NWMH program.
It is the largest public mental
health service in Victoria and one of
the largest in Australia with an
extremely comprehensive variety of
choices available including child and
adult, dual disability, rehabilitation,
eating disorders and rural and
On the face of it, it may seem to
be throwing new trainees in at the
deep end with acute inpatient units,
but it is the best place to start.
''It has been very good as we are
very well supported here by
everyone,'' explains Dr Kochar.
''As well as the registrars and
consultants the nurses are fantastic.
They are very experienced and
friendly and we can rely on their
knowledge of the patients until we
become a bit more confident. Then
we can rely more and more on our
For the first year, the practical
aspect is the most important
although all trainees have lectures
and take on a Master in Psychiatry
to supplement their work.
They are also heavily educated
about remaining aware of the
impact the job might have on their
own mental health and how to deal
Both of these young trainees say it
is hard work, very interesting and
allows for a great lifestyle too.
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