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Section of Private Practice Psychiatry

The RANZCP Section of Private Practice Psychiatry (SPPP) aims to identify and address issues concerning psychiatrists working in the private sector through the achievement of the following aims:

  • Promote high quality accessible psychiatric assessment and management in the private sector. 
  • Advocate, advise and consult on issues relevant to private practitioners. 
  • Foster discussion, co-operation and debate among the members of the College and the general public in the spectrum of private psychiatric practice. 
  • Protect and promote the professional development of psychiatrists working in the private sector. 
  • Support the development of research within the private psychiatry sector. 

Fellow working in private practice? Join now!

To ensure the work of the SPPP is relevant and continues to meet the needs of our members, we invite you to join the SPPP by emailing


The SPPP was established in 2002 by psychiatrists working in the private sector.

In August 2011, the SPPP was approved by General Council to become a Special Interest Group, bringing its governance structure in line with College regulations, facilitating financial governance and declaring the PPN to be a permanent group to oversee and advocate for private practice issues within the College. 

Current committee members

The chair of the SPPP is Dr Michelle Atchison.

The current committee can be contacted through

Full list of SPPP committee members:

  • Dr Michelle Atchison – Chair
  • Dr Gary Galambos – Deputy Chair
  • Dr Renate Mundl
  • Dr Paul Cadzow
  • Dr Virginia Loftus
  • Dr Nicholas Ford

Mission and objectives

View the SPPP Mission Statement [PDF; 40 KB], including the full objectives.

View the Regulations [PDF; 85 KB] which outline the roles and responsibilities of the bi-national Section.

Current areas of interest for the SPPP

  • Online “Find a Psychiatrist” Directory.
  • Professional Practice Guideline - Best practice referral, communication and shared care arrangements between psychiatrists, general practitioners and psychologists.
  • Telehealth initiatives and Discontinuation of Telehealth Financial Incentives Program.
  • Psychiatrist-patient privilege.
  • Role of Psychiatrist Working Group.
  • Expanded Training Settings Working Group.
  • Resources for Entering Private Practice.

Private Practitioners Network members-only section

For more information on the working priorities, current activities, details of SPPP Congress sessions, surveys and links to other private practice resources, please access the Private Practitioners Network members-only section [member log-in required].