About the College
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are specialists in the treatment of mental illness.
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The RANZCP is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to deliver specialist medical education and training, and professional development programs.
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Professor Malcolm Hopwood
The College has almost 6000 members, including more than 4000 fully qualified psychiatrists (referred to as Fellows of the College) and around 1500 members who are training to qualify as psychiatrists (referred to as trainees).
In Australia, approximately 85% of practising psychiatrists are current RANZCP members. In New Zealand, more than 50% of practising psychiatrists are current members. In both countries, all psychiatrists must be accredited by the RANZCP before they can practise.
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The College's vision is To enhance the mental health of our nations through leadership in high-quality psychiatric care. We believe in genuine engagement with people with mental illness and their carers and families. Their needs, perspectives, concerns and values influence College decisions at all levels.
|RANZCP's journals: Australasian Psychiatry and Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
What the College does
- Sets the professional standards for the practice of psychiatry in Australian and New Zealand.
- Conducts training and exams for doctors wanting to qualify as psychiatrists. The rigorous psychiatry training program takes a minimum of 5 years (after medical training and registration), during which time trainees work in hospitals and clinics, under the supervision of experienced psychiatrists. The College also oversees training and accreditation for overseas-trained psychiatrists.
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- Administers the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for practising psychiatrists. Once qualified, psychiatrists must continue to participate in medical education activities each year to ensure that they maintain high levels of skills and knowledge and to maintain their registration.
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- Holds conferences and meetings with the aim of sharing knowledge in psychiatry and related fields. The College's major scientific meeting is its annual congress. There are also a number of specialist conferences each year.
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- Publishes two scientific journals – Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) and Australasian Psychiatry. These peer-reviewed journals discuss research and developments in psychiatry. ANZJP is the leading psychiatry journal of the Asia–Pacific region.
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- Represents psychiatrists with government, community groups and health worker groups. The College works with these groups in the interests of psychiatrists, patients and the general community.
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|The RANZCP’s coat of arms and motto: Ex veritate salus – out of truth comes health
Structure and governance
The College is governed by a Board led by the College's President, Professor Malcolm Hopwood. The Chief Executive Officer of the College is Mr Andrew Peters.
The RANZCP has a head office in Melbourne, a national office in New Zealand, and branch offices around Australia. Within the College, specialist aspects of psychiatry are represented by Faculties and Sections.
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The College's history dates back to 1946, when the Australasian Association of Psychiatrists was formed. In 1963, the association became the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and 'Royal' was added to the name in 1978.
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The RANZCP has a head office in Melbourne, plus Branch offices in New Zealand and around Australia.
309 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 (0)3 9640 0646
Fax +61 (0)3 9642 5652
Toll free 1800 337 448 (calling from Australia)
Toll free 0800 443 827 (calling from New Zealand)
ABN 68 000 439 047
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