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The New South Wales Association of Psychiatry Trainees (NAPT) is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to represent, support and advocate for psychiatry trainees in NSW.

Our committee comprises elected NSW psychiatry trainees and includes representatives from each training network and subspecialty advanced training program. We also have liaison members from the Branch Training Committee (BTC), Psychiatry State Training Council (PSTC) and Trainee Representative Committee (TRC).

In 2015 we hosted several events including the Inaugural Welcome Drinks, Academic Symposium, and Advanced Training and Subspecialty Information Night. We hope to bring psychiatry trainees together at a range of social, educational and information events each year.

Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO has honoured NAPT by agreeing to act as our patron.

NAPT is open to all accredited psychiatry trainees in NSW, and other applicants upon consideration by the committee. Membership is free and new members are always welcome. Please sign up on our membership page and join our Facebook group.

Advocacy & Support for Trainees in 2019


During the 2019 academic year many trainees approached NAPT with concerns about the Essay-Style examination, including the 36.8% pass rate for the examination. Dr Dorrington (2019 NAPT President) wrote to the College on behalf of NSW Trainees highlighting several issues with the examination (Letter to the Branch Training Committee RE: RANZCP Essay-Style Examination) and the College subsequently issued two statements to trainees through their Newsletter in June and with an update to trainees in July 2019, mentioning the removal of 10% of questions (14 marks) for the Essay-Styled examination in August.

NSW Salary

An ongoing issue for NSW Psychiatry Registrars is the lower pay when compared to trainees in other states of Australia, particularly those who choose to commence training in PGY2. In other states trainees are paid as registrars according to their local Award, whereas in NSW they are paid according to their years of employment in NSW Health regardless of their seniority or clinical responsibility. Due to this ongoing issue and the recent media attention NAPT has chosen to write to the NSW Minister for Health on behalf of its members (Dr Dorrington’s Letter to the NSW Minister for Health) and we have made a template for the use of other trainees should they wish to raise this issue with the Minister (Template letter for trainees to the NSW Minister for Health).

If you have any further questions contact your local NAPT Representative or email NAPT at

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