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Opportunities for PIF members

Scholarship Opportunity: Māori Medical Students

The RANZCP is committed to supporting the recruitment and training of Māori psychiatrists, and is offering sponsorship to three Māori medical students to attend the RANZCP 2018 Congress in Auckland, New Zealand.

The sponsorship includes:

  • Congress registration (from 14-17 May)
  • social functions including the Gala Dinner, Welcome Reception & College Ceremony
  • travel to and from Auckland and accommodation, if required.

Further conference information can be found on the Congress Website


To be eligible for this RANZCP sponsorship you must be:

Click here for further information and to apply

Application closes midnight on Friday 9 March 2018.

If you have any questions, please call RANZCP on 04 472 7247 or email  alternatively contact        Te ORA 027 960 8744 or email

Scholarship Opportunity: RANZCP Congress 2018

Applications are now open for 10 Australian PIF members to attend the RANZCP 2018 Congress in Auckland, New Zealand from 13–17 May 2018.

This is a fantastic opportunity for members to hear the latest in mental health research from the region and around the world. In addition, you'll network with international and local psychiatrists, trainees and other PIF members.

Applications closed on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Scholarship Opportunity: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Students and Junior Doctors

The 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.

The RANZCP is offering up to four scholarships for AIDA and PIF members who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students or junior doctors (PGY 1 and 2) to attend the international RANZCP 2018 Congress in Auckland, New Zealand from 13-17 May 2018.

Applications closed on Wednesday 7 March 2018

PIF Essay Competition

The PIF Essay Competition runs annually and is open to medical students, junior doctors, and other medical practitioners in Australia and New Zealand. The essays are to be submitted in 1000–1500 word limit.

Read more about the 2017 competition and read the past winning essays

Sponsorship Opportunity for Tri-nation Alliance International Medical Symposium 2018

There are 4 scholarships on offer to Australian PIF members to attend the Tri-nation Alliance International Medical Symposium, Mauri ora: connecting health professionals’ wellbeing and quality care at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney on Friday 9 March 2018.

Applications closed on Sunday 14 January 2017.

Scholarship opportunities -  Victorian Branch Conference

An opportunity is available for PIF members to attend the upcoming Victorian Branch Conference held at the Vibe Hotel, Marysville on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017.

Applications closed on Sunday 3 September 2017. 

PIF Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course: Sydney

The Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course offers the opportunity to hear more about psychiatry as a career from practising RANZCP Fellows and trainees on the pathway to Fellowship.

The course is free and is open to existing ACT and NSW PIF members (or to eligible applicants) who are medical students in their clinical years or postgraduate doctors (PGY 1 & 2).

Applications closed on Monday 11 September 2017. 

Sponsorship for the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age 2017 Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand

There are three sponsored places on offer for PIF members to attend the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand, 9-10 November 2017.

Applications closed on Monday 18 September 2017.

Specialise in the Mind

The PIF team is excited to have launched their newest resource for medical students and pre-vocational doctors in Australia and New Zealand. The ‘Specialise in the Mind’ infographic highlights the benefits of choosing psychiatry as a career path through a simple and eye-catching hand-out. The information included was carefully selected after considerable research was undertaken to determine the most attractive qualities about the specialty from the perspective of junior doctors and medical students in addition to psychiatry trainees and Fellows. You may see these around at career expos and similar events.

To get your copy, download it from the College website. We encourage you to hand these out to interested medical students and doctors at your university or workplace. For hard copies, please contact the PIF team by emailing and we will be more than happy to send them to you.