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Opportunities for PIF members

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.

The symposium is hosted by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Click here for further information about Symposium.

The sponsorship opportunities are limited to 2 PIF members from NSW and 2 PIF members from other Australian states and territories.

The sponsorship will include:

  • full registration to Symposium
  • a travel grant of up to A$700 (for non-NSW recipients)

To apply you must be:

  • a PIF member or have an application underway
  • a medical student or junior doctor (first two years post-graduate)

To apply, please complete this application form by 12am AEST, Sunday 14 January 2017.

Please read the terms and conditions before applying.

If you have any further questions about this opportunity, please contact the PIF team by emailing

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

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.

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.

The Congress 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:

  • a grant of A$2000 to assist with the cost of your travel and accommodation
  • full registration to the Congress scientific program including Welcome Reception and College Ceremony
  • the opportunity to meet the RANZCP President, CEO and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee.

To apply, please submit an online application form by 5.00 pm Wednesday 7 March 2018, detailing:

  • how you have contributed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • why you are interested in a career in psychiatry
  • why you think it would be beneficial for you to attend the RANZCP Congress.

. Apply now

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Morgan Jones via email at

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.

The sponsorship will include a free registration including attendance to the Saturday night Conference dinner, and accommodation for Saturday night.

To be eligible for the RANZCP sponsorship you must be:

  • A current member of RANZCP’s Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF)
  • in your final year or medicine or a medical doctor
  • currently residing in Victoria, Australia.

The Conference program includes an array of compelling interstate and local speakers including: Professor George Patton, Dr Douglas Bell, Associate Professor Josephine Beatson and Professor Anne Buist.

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 Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) members (or to eligible applicants) who are medical students in their clinical years or postgraduate doctors (PGY 1 & 2).

The second course of this year will be held in Sydney on Saturday 7 October 2017 and up to 30 applicants will be selected to attend.

Some of the topics covered will include:

  • 'A day in the life of a psychiatrist'.
  • ‘Pathway to the pathway’ – from pre-vocational to vocational, including the training pathway.
  • A range of sessions providing insight into different psychiatric subspecialties.
  • Rapid cycling - an informal session where participants rotate through a range of psychiatrists/registrars giving an opportunity to interact and ask specific questions.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Free registration to the short course with an opportunity to meet with leading experts, practicing local psychiatrists, as well as other students and postgraduate doctors interested in mental health and psychiatric care.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the day.
  • Applicants living outside of a 100km radius from the course venue may be reimbursed travel and accommodation costs as per the terms and conditions [PDF; 57KB]
  • A certificate of attendance upon completion.

Applications closed 6pm AEST, 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.

With the theme “Capacity, Creativity and Ageing in Clinical Practice”, this year’s conference will be held in association with the International Psychogeriatric Association. A range of speakers will provide expert presentations on topic areas including age-related anxiety, mood and trauma, cross-cultural cognitive assessment, deliberate self-harm, dementia, end of life care, and future directions and challenges.

Open to Australian and New Zealand PIF Members, there will be two sponsorships awarded to New Zealand members and one sponsorship awarded to an Australian member

The sponsorship includes:

  • full conference registration for Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November
  • tickets to the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner
  • a travel grant for up to $2,000 NZD/AUD

Eligibility criteria:

  • must be a current member of the PIF.
  • must be a medical student of junior doctor (first two years post-graduate).

To be considered, please read the terms and conditions and then complete the online application form outlining in 300 words or less:

  • why you would like to attend the conference
  • your interest and/or invovlement in psychiatry and mental health
  • how attending the conference may benefit and/or influence your medical career aspirations

Applications closed 9am AEST, 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.