Getting involved with the College
The effectiveness of the College is dependent on the collective input of its members.
If you wish to contribute to the College – through volunteering your time or letting us know what you think – your input will be welcomed.
This page lists some ways you can get involved. No matter how much or how little time you have to give, there’s a way in which you could contribute.
Use the drop-down boxes below to help find an activity that suits you and your interests.
I want to
Teach and encourage medical students in their psychiatry rotations
Members who assist with psychiatry rotations do important work – ensuring that medical students have a positive first experience of psychiatry. To help support you, we make available Tips for teaching psychiatry rotations – ideas on effective and engaging teaching methods.
If you currently work with medical students or prevocational doctors, you’re encouraged to also share our resources on careers in psychiatry:
Organise or present a webinar
The College organises webinars on various topics throughout the year. Suggestions are always welcome for future webinars, particularly from RANZCP members with particular expertise they wish to share. Webinars are attended remotely by members, and members can present remotely also.
To contribute to or suggest a topic for a webinar, contact email@example.com.
Join a Faculty or Section
At the RANZCP, the various subspecialties and interest areas of psychiatric practice are represented by the Faculties and Sections. For more information, and to find a group that addresses your area of professional interest, see the list of Faculties and Sections. Many RANZCP members belong to several groups.
Faculties and Sections offer opportunities to network, stay up to date, and further develop your expertise in the area.
There are no prerequisites for joining any Faculty or Section, and all members are eligible to join. However, if you have completed an approved training program or have significant experience in the field, you may be eligible to become an accredited member of a Faculty.
To join a Faculty or Section, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, alternatively, simply check the appropriate box on your annual RANZCP subscription notice.
Write to the Board or Membership Engagement Committee
Feedback, suggestions and queries from all members are welcomed.
The RANZCP Board is the governing and supreme policy-making body of the College.
Contact the Board at email@example.com.
The Membership Engagement Committee (MEC) serves as a focal point for effective communication and engagement with members, and oversees initiatives aimed at enhancing the value of College membership. The MEC considers all member input at its regular meetings, and members who submit feedback may be invited to a meeting to discuss a specific issue further.
Contact the MEC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participate in the College’s online discussion forums
Available to RANZCP members only, the College’s online discussion forums are a place where members can freely discuss issues of relevance to psychiatry practice in a professional and secure environment. They provide a hub for psychiatrists to discuss and debate the issues that matter.
You are invited to join existing conversations, or to open a new topic by creating a new thread. For information on how to get started, visit Forums help.
Visit the online discussion forums to have your say
Attend a local or Branch function
The New Zealand office and the Australian Branches each hold several functions and CME events every year. These events offer a place to meet and network with peers in a relaxed social environment. Attendance is subsidised by the College.
Check your local Branch newsletter for details.
Help to run local CME events or dinners
The New Zealand office and the Australian Branches each hold several functions and CME events every year. Input and assistance from members in organising these is always welcomed.
For more information, or to volunteer your time, contact your local office.
The annual RANZCP Congress is the pre-eminent event for psychiatrists in the Australasian region. Congress runs for 5 days, with an additional day of pre-Congress workshops.
An extensive scientific program is the central focus, featuring the latest developments in psychiatry presented by world-class speakers. An impressive social program complements the scientific program.
Visit the RANZCP Congress website for details of the next RANZCP Congress
Present at a conference
The College holds a range of conferences each year and strongly encourages members of all types to submit abstracts on areas of interest. There are opportunities to make your mark by presenting at the RANZCP Congress, Faculty and Section conferences, and Branch and national conferences.
View a full list of College conferences and events
Nominate a colleague for a College award
Each year, the RANZCP presents a variety of awards and prizes to College members, non-members and other organisations. If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to psychiatry, psychiatric research, mental health, or the College, you are encouraged to nominate them for an award..
View a full list of awards, grants and prizes