Psychiatrist workforce planning: contexts, considerations and recommendations

Jeffrey C.L. Looi, Tarun Bastiampillai, Stephen Allison

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Objective: To provide a clinical update for psychiatrists and trainees on psychiatric workforce-planning in the Australasian context. Conclusions: There is a lack of detailed evidence regarding effective psychiatric workforce planning. Planning may be based on a foundation of psychiatrist-to-population ratios. This would be modified by needs assessment, understanding of service models and existing service demand. Given that it has recently expressed significant concerns about workforce shortages, the RANZCP should lead development of an independent Australasian psychiatric workforce planning model to inform policy advice to governments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number2
Early online date22 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • advocacy
  • needs demands
  • planning
  • practitioner-to-population ratio
  • psychiatrist workforce


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