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Psychiatry Interest Forum

FB_FindUsOnFacebook-1024.pngInformation and events for medical students and doctors interested in psychiatry and mental health

How to join

Registration is free: simply complete the online application form.

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Specialise in the mind

Have an interest in mental health and psychiatry? Join the RANZCP’s new Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) and stay in the loop with the College’s activities and networking opportunities. As a member of the PIF you will receive a range of benefits including:

  • invitations to educational events, including lectures and workshops
  • career guidance – seminars and advice from College Fellows on career paths in psychiatry
  • invitations to participate in RANZCP awards, prizes and grants around promotion, research or advocacy in mental health
  • updates on journal articles that are publicly available 
  • a monthly e-newsletter to keep up to date with RANZCP activities.

Who can join?

To join the PIF, you should:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate medical course approved by an Australian or New Zealand medical school accredited by the Australian Medical Council or Medical Council of New Zealand, or
  • be registered as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency or the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • not be, or have previously been, a RANZCP Fellow, trainee, non-RANZCP psychiatrist or an international medical graduate on the pathway to RANZCP Fellowship.

News and opportunities for PIF members

Congratulations to Eliza Mason for winning the 2017 PIF Essay Competition, and Kuhan Perumynar and Akhil Bansal for attaining second and third place respectively. The top three winners are rewarded with the prize money of $1000, $500 and $250 respectively, and the winning essay was published in Australasian Psychiatry. 

. See all winners and read the essays

The 2018 Essay Competition is now open. Visit the PIF opportunities page for more information.

PIF members can apply for a range of opportunities to help them learn more about mental health and psychiatry.

.See a list of opportunities currently available to PIF members

Resources for PIF members

. Specialise in the mind infographic [PDF, 165 KB]

. Psychiatry subspecialties booklet [PDF, 212 KB]

. Eight ways to make the most of your psychiatry rotation [PDF, 198 KB]

. The RANZCP training program pathway [PDF, 400 KB]

. Insights into psychiatry - presentations from the Melbourne short course

Hard copies of written resources are available. Please contact us to find out more.


You can direct any questions about the PIF to or call us toll-free on 1800 337 448 (from Australia) or 0800 443 827 (from New Zealand).

More information on psychiatry for medical students and prevocational doctors can be found on the RANZCP's dedicated web pages.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program.