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Victoria Branch

Branch office

Tel.: +61 (0)3 9601 4924
Fax: +61 (0)3 9600 4281

Office hours: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm

RANZCP Victoria Branch
309 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Chair, Victorian Branch: Associate Professor Richard Newton

Richard is the Clinical Director of Peninsula Health Mental Health Service.  Peninsula Mental Health is a large mental health service based in a teaching hospital.  It has a range of Adult and Aged mental health services.  He is also a consultant adult psychiatrist within the service.   He is strongly committed to Quality and Safety systems in MH, consumer and carer participation in Mental Health Service development and the provision of safe effective evidence based interventions for all members of the community in need of mental health care.  He is a Board Member of the Butterfly Foundation and an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership programme.  He has had a number of roles within RANZCP including Chair, Fellowships Attainment Committee and is currently Chair of the Victorian Branch.

He is a surveyor with ACHS, an Editorial Board member of national and international academic journals and sits on numerous federal and state based planning or advisory committees. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles or book chapters on a range of topics including CBT, treatment of psychosis, eating disorders, psychosocial interventions in mental health services, health service redesign, and homelessness.  He teaches a Masters level course in Structured Psychotherapy at the University of Melbourne and an Advanced Training course in CBT accredited for RANZCP AT in Psychotherapy.

He trained in Edinburgh, Scotland, completing CBT training in The Cullen Centre, Edinburgh, and came to Australia in 1992. He continues to promote the training of all mental health clinicians in the use of structured psychotherapies providing a Masters level course on Structured psychotherapy through Melbourne University and the accredited advanced training programme in CBT for the RANZCP advanced certificate in psychotherapy.

Branch contacts

Ms Jacki Lindsay
Victorian Branch Coordinator

Victoria Branch Newsletter

Victorian Branch Newsletter – October 2017 [PDF; 4.49 MB]

Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee

.Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee


Victorian Branch Family Violence Roundtable

The Victorian Branch’s Family Violence Working Group held a cross sector roundtable in Melbourne on 27 February.  Guest speakers included the Victorian Family Violence Prevention Minister Fiona Richardson and Australian of the Year Rosie Batty.  

.Read a summary of the Family Violence Roundtable event [PDF; 244 KB]

.Photos from the Family Violence Roundtable event

Mental Health Tribunal performance indicators for the first quarter of 2014-2015

The Mental Health Tribunal (MHT) has committed to publishing its performance against its key performance indicators (KPIs) on a quarterly basis.  The second quarter (October - December) results are now available on the MHT website

The Tribunal is now in its seventh month of operation.  Techniques to assess the key activities of the Tribunal will develop over time, and lead to the identification of performance improvement initiatives.  The Tribunal is committed to reviewing its KPIs annually.  

If you have any questions regarding the KPIs please email

Victorian WorkCover Authority and TAC Certificate of Capacity

The combined VWA and TAC Certificate of Capacity will replace all previous versions as of 1 March 2015.

Since its launch on 1 July 2014, the TAC and VWA have worked to ensure the Certificate is available in a variety of formats including smartform and as a supplied template in common clinical software packages used by general practice and specialists.  Support materials such as user guides, e-learning modules and Frequently Asked Questions are also available and can be accessed via the VWA website.

More information about the new Certificate of Capacity [PDF; 287 KB]
VWA and TAC Certificate of Capacity form [PDF; 605 KB]

Mandatory sub-specialty psychiatry registrar rotations

Please see the email below from Dr Jeremy Couper, Chair of the Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee (VPTC), regarding mandatory sub-specialty psychiatry registrar rotations. 

Email from Dr Jeremy Couper on sub-specialty psychiatry registrar rotations [PDF; 10 KB]

New Australian Institute of Health and Welfare mental health reports

Several new reports on mental health services in Australia have been released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW):

  1. Medicare-subsidised mental health-related services (MBS) 2012-13
  2. Mental health-related prescriptions (PBS) 2012-13
  3. updates to the Australian Government expenditure on Medicare-subsidised mental health-related services and subsidised prescriptions 2012-13
  4. updates to the MBS & PBS data in the state and territory summary tables 

The reports can be found on the AIHW website

New Victorian Mental Health Act (July 1st 2014)

New assessment order forms and guides

A guide for private psychiatrists to explain changes under the new Victorial Mental Health Act has been released; please see the Information sheet - private psychiatrists [PDF; 127 KB] .  There are also a range of new forms under the new Act, which can be found on the Victoria Deparment of Health's Mental Health Act 2014 forms page.

For further information, please see the Victoria Department of Health website.


Victorian Branch submission to Mental Health Act 1986 review (2009) [PDF; 232 KB]
Victorian Branch submission to the Review of the Victorian Mental Health Act 1986 (2010) [PDF; 156 KB]
Victorian Branch/Bi-National Office submission to the Federal Government's inquiry into family violence (2014) [PDF; 192 KB]
Victorian Branch pre-budget submission 2014/2015 (2014) [PDF; 210 KB]
RANZCP submission to the Victorian Department of Health on the reform of the clinical health service catchments (2013) [PDF; 108 KB]
Review of legislation regulating private hospitals and day procedure centres (2013)
RANZCP submission into the development of a new Act to regulate private hospitals and day procedure centres in Victoria (2013) [PDF; 76 KB]
Submission to the Victorian inquiry into the performance of AHPRA (2013) [PDF; 140 KB]


Medico-legal implications of off-label prescribing in psychiatry Victorian Branch seminar 13 June 2015 [PDF; 197 KB]
Mental Health Act FAQs (from joint AMA/RANZCP Mental Health Act information session, 2014)  [PDF; 88 KB]
Proposal for a Consultation Liaison psychiatry model of service in Victoria (2014) [PDF; 266 KB]
Survey on the role of families and carers in specialist mental health care (2013) [PDF; 492 KB]
An audit of the number of letters sent to referrer/GP (general practitioner) with a copy to parents after CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) assessment [PDF; 134 KB 

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