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Media Centre

As the principal organisation representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) can put the media in touch with psychiatrists in relation to stories on mental health issues.

A range of psychiatrists are also available for comment to the media on issues relevant to psychiatry and mental health.

For media enquiries please contact:

Andy Newton
Senior Manager, Communications
T +61 (0)3 9601 4982
media@ranzcp.org

Or ranzcp@ranzcp.org

 


Media releases

RANZCP welcomes He Ara Oranga report into mental health and addiction

06 December 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ New Zealand National Committee – Tu Te Akaaka Roa – welcomes the much anticipated report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.

Much anticipated guidelines provide most up-to-date advice for treatment of anxiety disorders

04 December 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has published new clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of adults with panic disorder, social anxiety disorder (SAD) and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

RANZCP supports changes to allow urgent mental healthcare for children and families on Nauru

04 December 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) joins other medical colleges in their call for legislative change to allow for the urgent removal of critically ill children and their families held in immigration detention at the recommendation of qualified medical professionals.
 

Psychiatrists look forward to Victorian Government action on mental health

26 November 2018

The Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP Victorian Branch) congratulates the Victorian Government on its re-election and looks forward to working with them on the promised royal commission into mental health.
 

RANZCP welcomes new Queensland mental health plan

22 November 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists supports the Queensland Mental Health Commission’s new plan, Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health, Alcohol and Oher Drugs Strategic Plan 2018–2023.

RANZCP statement in response to the recent Bourke Street event

12 November 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) would like to express its concern and deep sadness at the devastating events in Bourke Street, Melbourne on Friday afternoon.
 

Statement in response to reports on Victorian Supreme Court ruling

02 November 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) affirms that a person should be supported to make their own decisions about treatment where possible, and that informed consent respects patient autonomy and protects human rights.

Promised Royal Commission supported but action needed now, psychiatrists say

24 October 2018

The Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP Victorian Branch) welcomes Premier Daniel Andrews’ promise to establish a Royal Commission into Mental Health if re-elected, but emphasises that action is needed now to meet the needs of people with mental illness.

National apology an important step for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse

23 October 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) commends the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, on his national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

RANZCP urges government to remove children and their families from Nauru

19 October 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) reaffirms its opposition to the prolonged and indefinite immigration detention of children and their families, and urges the Australian Government to remove them from Nauru.

Mental health in ED summit a step towards improving patient care and experiences

19 October 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) on a successful Mental Health in Emergency Department Summit.

Religious Freedom Review recommendations raise concerns for LGBTQ mental health

18 October 2018

In response to recent media reports arising from the Religious Freedom Review, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is concerned that changes enshrining further discrimination are likely to increase the mental health problems for people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities.

RANZCP supports New Zealand Government on Child Poverty Reduction Bill

08 October 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists warmly welcomes the New Zealand Prime Minister’s announcement that the Child Poverty Reduction Bill has been reported back to the House with cross-party support. The RANZCP commends the Government on progressing this historic Bill.

2019 RANZCP President Elect - Call for nominations

28 September 2018

Nominations now open for the President Elect position on the RANZCP Board.

RANZCP calls for an end to the policy of children in immigration detention

21 September 2018

In response to recent media reports about the children on Nauru, the RANZCP would like to restate its opposition to the prolonged and indefinite detention of child asylum seekers.
 

RANZCP welcomes announcement of a Royal Commission into Australian aged care sector

17 September 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the federal government's decision to establish a Royal Commission into aged care, and hopes that the inquiry will shed a light on issues within the sector and lead to targeted investment in improving aged care services across Australia.
 

With 100% of NSW in drought the RANZCP urges farming communities to look after their mental health

10 August 2018

New figures from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) show that 100% of New South Wales is in drought, with almost a quarter classified as being in intense drought. With unseasonably dry conditions projected to continue in the following months, how can we help support the mental health of Australia’s rural and remote communities? 

Investment required in appropriate mental health facilities to treat people in justice system

03 July 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerned about reports of a psychiatric patient being kept in prison because of a lack of appropriate high security mental health facilities.

RANZCP welcomes Queensland’s investment in community mental health

18 June 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Queensland State Government’s $106.4 million investment in community mental health services.

RANZCP statement on recent media coverage about QLD psychiatrist’s book

14 June 2018

The RANZCP are aware of recent media coverage about the publication of a book by Queensland psychiatrist, Dr Donald Grant. We are currently reviewing the matter internally through appropriate College processes, and therefore are unable to comment at this time.

Statement from the RANZCP on sentence of Victorian psychiatrist

13 June 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) notes the sentence of Victorian psychiatrist Dr Robert Proctor. 

More rigorous monitoring of New Zealand’s dementia units a step in the right direction

08 June 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the New Zealand Government’s announcement that the Office of the Ombudsman will soon carry out inspections of privately run dementia units.

RANZCP welcomes $338 million investment in mental health

09 May 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the $338 million mental health investment in the federal government’s 2018-2019 budget.

RANZCP welcomes Victoria’s $705 million investment in mental health and addiction services

02 May 2018

The Victorian State Government’s $705 million investment into the state’s mental health and addiction services is a welcome signal of a new commitment to the sector, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has said.   

Statement from the RANZCP on sentence of former psychiatrist

26 April 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) notes the sentence of former Western Australian psychiatrist, Ian McAlpine. The RANZCP can confirm that this individual is not a current practising psychiatrist and was removed as a member of the RANZCP in 1992 after being found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the Medical Board of Western Australia.

RANZCP calls for more funding to support military veterans’ mental health

28 March 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is calling on the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to work together with the Australian Government to ensure more funding and support for the mental health needs of Australian veterans.

RANZCP responds to the findings of the ICAC investigation into the Oakden facility

28 February 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the recommendations made in the South Australian Independent Commissioner Against Corruption’s (ICAC) final report of the investigation into potential serious or systemic maladministration associated with the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service.

RANZCP calls for additional funding to reduce wait times in emergency departments

27 February 2018

A new report from the Australasian College of Emergency (ACEM) on access blocks and long wait times for mental health presentations in emergency departments highlights a major funding problem for mental health care in Australia and New Zealand, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has said.

RANZCP strengthens its commitment to Māori

06 February 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) welcomes Mr Wikepa Keelan (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu) as the RANZCP’s new Kaumātua. 

RANZCP welcomes the timely Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

25 January 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the announcement of an Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction in New Zealand.

RANZCP says more needs to be done to support mental health in rural Australia

24 January 2018

A shortage of psychiatrists is contributing to the crisis in mental health services in rural and remote Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has said.

NDIS support for people with serious mental illness inadequate

22 January 2018

The challenges experienced by people with serious mental health issues may be worse under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), as more people with psychosocial disability related to mental illness are deemed ineligible for the scheme, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has warned. 

Media statement from the RANZCP regarding the Flinders Street event

22 December 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) would like to express its concern and sadness at the terrible and terrifying event which occurred on Flinders/Elizabeth Street yesterday afternoon.