Frequently Asked Questions
The following information will be directed to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Is my psychiatrist registered?
How do I make a notification about a psychiatrist?
How can I send an email to AHPRA?
If you, or someone you know, is at risk of harming themselves or someone else, you need to get help immediately. We recommend that you:
Speak to your doctor (general practitioner or psychiatrist)
Call Lifeline (Aus) 13 11 14 or Lifeline (NZ) 0800 543 354
Call the psychiatric team at your nearest hospital
Call triple zero (000) Aus or triple one (111) NZ, in an emergency
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is the principal organisation representing the medical specialty of psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand. The College is responsible for training, examination and awarding the Fellowship of the College qualification to medical practitioners (www.ranzcp.org).
The RANZCP does not have the statutory or legal authority to investigate complaints it receives about its members. Instead, it refers such matters to the relevant statutory body such as the relevant medical board or council which has been established to protect the community as well as both guide and govern the medical profession including its practitioners.
How do I contact a psychiatrist?
If you feel you need to see a psychiatrist, you must first consult your general practitioner for a referral and to discuss your treatment options.
If you would like to know more about the mental health services available in your state, contact your local health department please click here.
Complaints and Notifications
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists does not have the statutory or legal authority to investigate complaints it receives about its members. Instead, it refers such matters to the relevant statutory body such as the relevant medical board or council which has been established to protect the community as well as both guide and govern the medical profession including its practitioners.
In the first instance, the College recommends that you try and resolve any issues you may have directly with your treating psychiatrist.
If you have a serious complaint, please contact the relevant Medical Board or Health Commissioner in your area;
For further details, please click here.
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AHPRA is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. It is the organisation that is repsonsible for the registration and accreditation of 10 health professions across Australia. The primary role of AHPRA is to protect the public and they set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet.
You can contact AHPRA by telephone during 8.00am to 6.00pm (AEDT), Monday to Friday, on 1300 419 495 for general enquiries and registrant queries or go to http://www.ahpra.gov.au/.
Need more help?
Use AHPRA Online Enquiry Form or phone 1300 419 495.
Overseas callers phone +61 7 3666 4911.
Concerned about a psychiatrist?
See Make a Notification or phone 1300 419 495.
See What We Do for information about AHPRA functions or see AHPRA offices.