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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

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.

RANZCP responds to the findings of the NSW review of seclusion and restraint practices

21 December 2017

Greater support for clinical leadership and collaboration are needed if we are to reach a ‘turning point’ in the NSW health system, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has said in response to the findings of the independent Review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in New South Wales (NSW) health facilities.

Peak medical bodies urge political leaders to improve healthcare for vulnerable asylum seekers

15 December 2017

Australian doctors from multiple specialities have jointly written to Australia’s immigration minister and health ministers emphasising their rising concern for the health and wellbeing of the male asylum seekers recently transferred to Papua New Guinea. 

The Medical Board of Australia releases its new Professional Performance Framework

05 December 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) attended the launch of the Medical Board of Australia’s final report of the Expert Advisory Group on revalidation and the creation of a new Professional Performance Framework.

RANZCP response to the NT Royal Commission into the protection and detention of children

24 November 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the publication of the final report of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. 

RANZCP responds to Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying bill

23 November 2017

The legalisation of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria is a significant decision, according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP), which has the potential to affect all psychiatrists practising in Victoria.

Mental health peak bodies call for increased funding for mental health in Queensland

14 November 2017

Three peak mental health organisations have called on all Queensland political parties to commit to significantly increasing mental health funding across Queensland.

RANZCP supports marriage equality and welcomes the ‘yes’ vote

14 November 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists supports marriage equality and welcomes the majority yes vote in the voluntary postal survey.

Queensland psychiatrists call for increased mental health funding in four key priority areas

09 November 2017

The current level of funding for mental health services and resources must be increased if Queensland is to tackle its high rates of mental health disorders and suicide, the Queensland Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has warned.

RANZCP congratulates new President of the World Psychiatric Association

18 October 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates Professor Helen Herrman on becoming the first Australian to hold the position of President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).

QLD Branch of the RANZCP criticises Gold Coast Bulletin’s coverage in Mental Health Week

17 October 2017

The Queensland Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is concerned by the sensationalist media reporting by the Gold Coast Bulletin, which increases stigma towards people with mental illness and mental illness itself (Cover up claims over Gold Coast mental health patients walking free, 10 October 2017).

We are what we eat – poor nutrition contributes to mental health disorders

26 September 2017

A substantial body of research shows that poor nutrition is contributing to the epidemic of mental illness in western societies, Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology from the University of Canterbury will tell a psychiatric conference in Tauranga today. 

Anxiety is affecting NZ women’s health

20 September 2017

Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety and it is affecting women’s health more severely than heart disease and kidney failure, new guidelines developed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) reveal. 

RANZCP calls for focus on mental health in NZ election

19 September 2017

The next government of New Zealand will need to focus on adequate resourcing and funding of mental health to achieve real change and address one of the leading causes of health-related disability in New Zealand, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has urged the main political parties.

 

National and international experts to gather in Tauranga for psychiatry conference

19 September 2017

Stress and the brain, living to 100 and the mental health of transgender people are just some of the topics to be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand Conference. 

RANZCP calls for more mental health beds for vulnerable older people in Western Australia

21 August 2017

The recent dismissal of the murder charge against an elderly Western Australian man suffering from dementia highlights the need for the Western Australian Government to increase the number of high dependency mental health beds available for older people throughout the state, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)has urged.

Updated comment from RANZCP on removal of training posts at Royal Hobart Hospital

16 August 2017

The Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) met on the weekend and unanimously ratified the withdrawal of the accreditation of the three psychiatry training posts in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital, effective immediately.

Comment from RANZCP on removal of training posts at Royal Hobart Hospital

09 August 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has advised Tasmanian Health Services that it has withdrawn accreditation for the two psychiatry training posts in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit currently in place at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

New Zealand’s collaborative approach to addressing mental and physical health launched in Australia

25 July 2017

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) are delighted their “Equally Well” was launched in Australia today by Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission of Australia.

RANZCP supports tighter regulations on access to codeine-based products

10 July 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) proposal to make access to medicines containing codeine prescription-only. 

RANZCP welcomes Coroner’s recommendations from the Lindt café siege report

26 May 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) commends the thoroughness of the Coroner’s inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt café siege and looks forward to working with the NSW Police, where required, to implement the Coroner’s recommendations.

RANZCP calls for a much wider review of NSW mental health system than seclusion and restraint alone

19 May 2017

The New South Wales (NSW) Chief Psychiatrists’ statewide review of seclusion and restraint practices in hospital settings should be extended to include workforce, governance and sedation practices in the NSW mental health system, the NSW Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has urged. 

RANZCP welcomes $115 million budget commitment to mental health

11 May 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the overall focus on, and increase in, mental health funding in the federal government’s 2017-18 budget.

RANZCP supports Victorian government’s budget mental health funding

08 May 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Victorian government’s funding commitment to improving the state’s family violence, forensic mental health and drug and alcohol abuse support services outlined in the state budget 2017-18. 

Psychiatrists warn of mounting threat to patient confidentiality

05 May 2017

Australia’s peak psychiatry body has sounded a warning about the undermining of patient confidentiality as the result of the growing use of subpoenas to access patients’ private clinical records in court.

Study shows treatment for postpartum psychosis keeps mums and bubs together

05 May 2017

Even women with the most severe form of postpartum psychosis can care for their children with the right medical intervention, according to a new study.

Dieting does not work research shows and is associated with eating disorders

05 May 2017

Dieting is not an effective way to maintain weight loss, and is associated with disordered eating behaviours.

Internet gaming a concern to some psychiatrists

05 May 2017

A survey of nearly 300 Australian and New Zealand psychiatrists found patients presenting with symptoms of Internet Gaming Disorder was becoming more common in their practice.

Childhood maltreatment linked to cannabis abuse

05 May 2017

Australian children with a history of maltreatment were at greater risk of developing cannabis use disorders by the time they were 21 years old, according to a new study.

Childhood maltreatment linked to adult psychosis

05 May 2017

Australian children with a history of maltreatment were at greater risk of developing psychosis as young adults, according to a new study.

Suicide risk still left unspoken

05 May 2017

A study examining Australian suicide cases has highlighted a lack of communication between health care professionals and family members in the last month before the deaths.

South Australia needs new model of care for vulnerable older people

05 May 2017

Following on from the South Australian Chief Psychiatrist’s report on the Oakden Older Person Mental Health facility, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is calling for a new model of care and purpose built facilities for vulnerable older people with dementia and mental illness.

RANZCP concerned over graphic and inappropriate depiction of suicide in Netflix’s drama

26 April 2017

The graphic and confronting depiction of suicide shown in the Netflix drama ’13 Reasons Why’ raises serious concerns about the potential harm such content can cause young people, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) warns.

RANZCP welcomes exclusion of psychiatrists from 457 visa shake-up

26 April 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the exclusion of psychiatrists from the changes to the 457 visa announced by the federal government. 

National and international experts to gather in Sydney for the International Medicine in Addiction Conference

10 March 2017

The International Medicine in Addiction Conference 2017 (IMiA17) will examine a diverse range of topics including cannabis use, lockout laws, gaming, methamphetamines, food addiction and many more. 

RANZCP concerned at high rates of smoking and reduced life expectancy of severely mentally ill people

09 March 2017

While the smoking rates of the general population in Australia have decreased significantly in the past 20 years the rates of smoking in the severely mentally ill have not decreased at all, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) warns.

RANZCP welcomes the possibility of lifting the Medicare Freeze

24 February 2017

The lifting of the Medicare Benefits Schedule freeze indexation is long overdue and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is encouraged by reports that this change is imminent.

RANZCP calls on the government to act on alcohol-related harms

02 February 2017

Increasing the price of alcohol, limiting the number and density of outlets selling alcohol and raising the age when you can buy alcohol are among new recommendations from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

RANZCP welcomes new Minister for Health, and new Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health

18 January 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes today’s appointment of Greg Hunt as Australia’s new Minister for Health and Sport, and looks forward to working with him on important mental health reform.