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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships for RANZCP Congress

AIDA-Logo.pngAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander junior medical practitioners and medical students, are you interested in a career in psychiatry?

Would you like the opportunity to interact with leading psychiatrists and mental health experts to enhance your training and learning?

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) are committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates successfully completing psychiatry training, and entering practice in any of the fields of psychiatry.

We are offering scholarships for up to four current AIDA members who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students or junior medical practitioners to attend the International RANZCP Congress of Psychiatry in Adelaide from 30 April4 May 2017.

The 2017 International RANZCP Congress of Psychiatry will provide a platform for global, regional and local collaboration and networking across the region. It will give you the opportunity to meet mental health experts, international and local psychiatrists and trainees.

The scholarship includes:

  • cost of your travel and accommodation
  • social functions including the Congress Gala Dinner, Welcome Reception and College Ceremony
  • full registration to the Congress scientific program
  • the opportunity to meet the RANZCP President, CEO and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee.

Successful applicants are required to be Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) members (or to have an eligible application underway). The PIF is a networking resource available for all medical students and junior medical practitioners.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for one of the scholarships, please complete the application form below by Wednesday 15 March 2017.

First name*
Home phone
Work phone
Mobile phone
Date of birth*

Home address

Address line 1*
Address line 2

Postal address
(if different from home)

Address line 1
Address line 2

Please indicate whether you identify as:*


Please indicate below your current AIDA membership status:*


Should I be successful in obtaining the scholarship I agree to my name, photograph and other media taken of me in the course of the conference being used by RANZCP and AIDA for the purposes of promoting the scholarship.*


I agree to provide a short written report or attend a short video interview outlining my three highlights experienced in the course of attending the RANZCP Congress 2017 and that this may be  used by RANZCP and AIDA for the purpose of promoting this scholarship.*


I agree to seek leave from my University or workplace before travel arrangements are made.*


If you are a medical student:

      Which university do you attend?
      Which year of study are you enrolled in?

If you are a junior medical practitioner:

      What is your current role?
      Which year did you graduate?

How have you contributed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health?*

Why are you interested in a career in psychiatry?*


Why do you think it would be beneficial for you to attend the RANZCP Congress?*


Other comments (optional)



Please contact if you have any queries regarding your application.

Selection process

The RANZCP and AIDA will review the following criteria to consider and select successful applicants:

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
  • Demonstrated interest in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in the future.
  • Demonstrated interest in psychiatry as a career.
  • Demonstrated interest in attending the RANZCP Congress.

Successful applicants will be notified shortly after this date.