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Psychiatry & Mental Health

Psychiatry & Mental Health

UCT aims to be a world-class African institution, and in line with that vision our Department aims to be a leading Department of academic excellence that produces transformative and integrative teaching, research, healthcare and public service relevant to mental illness and well-being in local, African and global contexts. Visit the Psychiatry & Mental Health website.

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  • If you are a doctor thinking about postgraduate training in Psychiatry.
  • if you are interested in collaborating in our research programs.
  • if you would like to contribute to improving our mental health services.

Divisions

The Department aims to integrate teaching, research, and clinical services. This integrated approach takes place across the different divisions of the Department, which comprise:

Clinical Services

Members of our Department are on joint appointment with the Western Cape Government Health, and provide clinical services at Groote Schuur Hospital, Valkenberg Hospital, Lentegeur Hospital, Red Cross Children's War Memorial Hospital, and Alexandra Hospital. In line with the vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Western Cape Government, we are committed to a primary care approach in each of our divisions/focus areas. We provide assertive outreach and supportive services to Step-Down Facilities, District Hospitals and Community Health Clinics in the West Metro area, and beyond.

Teaching

Teaching in the Department includes extensive participation in the education of undergraduates studying medicine and allied professions (including occupational therapy, physiotherapy), postgraduate training in psychiatry, and sub-specialty training.

The Department is also an HPCSA registered site for the training of intern clinical psychologists and provides training for maters students. Sub-speciality training occurs in each of the Divisions, with:

  1. an M Phil in Addiction Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultation-Liasion Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Intellectual Disability Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, and Public Mental Health
  2. a PGDip in Addiction Care, and in Psychotherapy
  3. a Clinical Research Fellowship in Psychosis

We also offer:

  • an M Med (Psychiatry) (by coursework and dissertation)
  • an MSc Med (Neuroscience) (by dissertation, with coursework as needed)
  • a PhD in Psychiatry and Mental Health (by dissertation)
  • Brain-Behavior Initiative Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Research groups

The Department collaborates broadly on providing clinical services, teaching, research and advocacy in the