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Malcolm-Hopwood.jpgAs 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. .List of media spokespeople

 

For media enquiries please contact:

Genevieve Costigan
T +61 (0)3 9601 4964
genevieve.costigan@ranzcp.org

Jessica Antcliff
T +61 (0)3 9640 0646
jessica.antcliff@ranzcp.org

 


Media releases

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.

Media Statement from the RANZCP regarding the Bourke Street tragedy

25 January 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists would like to express its condolences and deep sadness at the lives lost and those who were injured in the tragedy on Bourke Street during the events of last Friday 20 January 2017. 

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. 

Statement regarding the NDIS mental health funding shortfall

20 December 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerned over news reports indicating that 100,000 people with severe mental illness will lose their government support as the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled out. 

RANZCP deeply concerned over the significant shortage of rural and regional doctors

15 December 2016

The significant shortage of psychiatrists working in regional Australia is deeply concerning and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the recent announcement by the federal government to undertake a national review of the health services system to address this shortage. 

Statement regarding Child Poverty in New Zealand

14 December 2016

The number of children living in poverty in New Zealand and its subsequent negative impacts on their mental health is deeply concerning, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists said. 

Statement regarding the Victorian government’s announcement on assisted dying

09 December 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists urges that it is crucial the voices of psychiatrists are heard as the first assisted dying legislation in Victoria is drafted.  

RANZCP deeply concerned over the Indigenous disadvantage in health care

18 November 2016

The worsening mental health and increasing rate of self-harm and suicide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is deeply concerning, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has said. 

Statement regarding the mental health of those affected by the New Zealand earthquake

17 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) sends its support and concern to the people of New Zealand who are suffering through yet another devastating earthquake. 

Statement regarding the resettlement of asylum seekers and refugees in the United States

17 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the federal government’s announcement of a resettlement program in the United States for the asylum seekers and refugees held on Nauru and Manus island but remains deeply concerned about the physical and mental health of these vulnerable people. 

RANZCP welcomes national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors

09 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the federal government’s announcement of a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse

RANZCP urges the Government to reconsider its position on direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals

08 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is calling on the New Zealand Government to reconsider its position on direct to consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription pharmaceuticals. In a recent position statement, the RANZCP highlighted evidence that DTCA can adversely affect health outcomes and the delivery of health services.

RANZCP demands that more be done for the mental health of children in juvenile detention

28 October 2016

The detention of children should only occur as a last resort and for the shortest possible period of time the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists urges in its submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. 

RANZCP welcomes Queensland plan to improve the state’s mental health

18 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Queensland government’s commitment to investing $350 million in mental health over the next five years. 

New Bill of Rights to safeguard the rights of people with mental illness

14 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) strongly supports and endorses the World Psychiatric Association’s (WPA)  Bill of Rights for Individuals with Mental Illness.

RANZCP welcomes Victorian government commitment to quality and safety

14 October 2016

The RANZCP welcomes the recent Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance in Victoria, and congratulates the state government for its support of the Review’s recommendations and for its commitment to action.

Local, national and international mental health experts gather in Christchurch for psychiatry conference

12 October 2016

The treatment of addiction, trauma, mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, and adolescent mental health are just some of the issues to be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual New Zealand Conference 12 – 14 October. 

RANZCP keeping your health in mind during Mental Health Week 2016

11 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is proud to support Mental Health Week in Australia (9–15 October) and Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand (10–16 October).  

Supporting the community during Mental Health Week with new RANZCP fact sheets

10 October 2016

Mental Health Week in Australia (9–15 October) and Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand (10–16 October) are important calendar events that provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health and engage in conversations relating to mental illness, treatment, information and support. 

New RANZCP clinical practice guideline for the management of deliberate self-harm now available

10 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is very pleased to announce the publication of a new clinical practice guideline (CPG) for the management of deliberate self-harm in the October edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP). 

Emerging mental health research to be discussed in Christchurch

07 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual New Zealand conference will be held in Christchurch next week at the Rydges Lattimer from 12 – 14 October. 

Infant, child and adolescent mental health to be discussed at Tasmanian conference

29 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual conference begins tomorrow in Hobart.

RANZCP welcomes government move to continue support for psychiatric patients

26 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the agreement between the Federal government and the opposition to continue to provide social security support for people in psychiatric confinement.  

Mental illness is no basis for euthanasia

22 September 2016

Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide continue to be widely debated in our community, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is committed to contributing to discussions around this complex and emotive issue.

RANZCP welcomes improved patient care and safety for high risk people with mental illness

15 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes yesterday’s announcement by Queensland Health to improve patient care and enhance patient safety for high risk people with mental illness. 

RANZCP welcomes government initiatives to make private health insurance more affordable

12 September 2016

Reforming the private health insurance industry is an important first step in creating a more transparent and affordable health system. 

Forensic mental health care to be discussed at annual conference

09 September 2016

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is pleased to begin its annual conference, ‘Goals, purposes and strategies for prisoner and staff mental wellbeing in custody’. 

RANZCP urges reconsideration of the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016

07 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) urges the government to remove elements from its Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill of 2016 that are discriminatory and stigmatizing towards psychiatric patients.

The fine balance between hope and despair in psychiatric organisations to be discussed at Sydney psychotherapy conference 2016

02 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Psychotherapy annual conference begins today in Sydney. The conference is themed ‘A fine balance: Maintaining a balance between hope and despair in psychiatric organisations’.

Media statement: The rate of suicide and mental illness in Australian Defence Force personnel

17 August 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the actions of the Turnbull government in announcing a review of the mental health services and support for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families.

Statement from the RANZCP regarding the Nauru Files

16 August 2016

The publication last week of more than 2,000 leaked incident reports and documents from the Nauru detention centre by the Guardian has again highlighted the deleterious effect that indefinite detention has on the mental health of asylum seekers.  

Statement from the RANZCP on charges against former psychiatrist

27 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is deeply troubled by recent news reports of the charges laid against a former Western Australian psychiatrist. 

Australian health groups launch High Court Challenge to Border Force Act

27 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is aware of the High Court challenge to the Border Force Act of 2015 launched today by the group Doctors for Refugees, and supports the right of this group to challenge the act.  

Concern over treatment of young people at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

26 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is deeply concerned about footage obtained by the ABC’s Four Corners program, showing the abhorrent treatment of young people at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin. 

RANZCP welcomes the findings of the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry

20 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the findings of the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry. 

 

Time for the new Turnbull Ministry to take action on mental health

19 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the announcement that Sussan Ley will continue to serve as Australia’s Health Minister in the new Coalition Government.

Update from RANZCP

14 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerned by the recent news reports of further alleged charges against Perth psychiatrist Dr Voon from New Zealand.

Australasian Psychiatry special issue on expert leadership now available

15 June 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is pleased to announce the release of Australasian Psychiatry’s special issue of expert leadership and management.

Update from RANZCP

10 June 2016

Update from RANZCP 

Situation critical for rural mental health: RANZCP

06 June 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has highlighted concerns about the shortage of psychiatrists working in regional areas of Australia in letters sent to prospective parliamentarians. 

Psychiatrists welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Substance Addiction Bill

02 June 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the New Zealand Health Select Committee’s Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill. 

Commitment to reduce suicide rate a powerful move says psychiatrists

01 June 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists joins with others in the mental health sector to encourage all political parties and individuals seeking to become Members of Parliament to unanimously support the reduction of suicide amongst Australians. 

New clinical practice guideline for the management of schizophrenia and related disorders to support better patient care

17 May 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is pleased to announce the publication of a new clinical practice guideline for the management of schizophrenia and related disorders. 

Psychiatrists’ Congress Highlights Tuesday 10 May 2016

10 May 2016

Comorbid substance use, high risk sexual behaviour, internet-related Psychopathy and more will be discussed today at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual Congress. 

Psychiatrists’ Congress Highlights Monday 9 May 2016

09 May 2016

The mental health of children with ADHD, family violence, elderly suicide and more will be discussed today at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual Congress in Hong Kong.

International experts in mental health to meet in Hong Kong

05 May 2016

The largest annual congress of psychiatrists from Australia and New Zealand will be held next week at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8 to 12 May 2015.

Avoidable early deaths costing New Zealand economy $3.1 billion annually

04 May 2016

Investment in the physical health care of people with mental illness could recoup millions for the New Zealand economy says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. 

Federal Budget misses opportunity to enhance mental health care: RANZCP

04 May 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists continues to encourage the federal government to prioritise mental health care for increased funding following the announcement of the federal Budget. 

Statement from RANZCP President in relation to reports of recent events of poor patient care on Nauru

03 May 2016

Professor Malcolm Hopwood, President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist says “It is essential that all individuals in the care of the Australian government receive adequate medical care". 

Victoria lifts the bar for mental health care: RANZCP

28 April 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists congratulates the Victorian government on its substantial commitment to supporting the mental health of vulnerable Victorians in yesterday’s Budget.

Psychiatrists call on NSW government to increase support for vulnerable people: RANZCP

27 April 2016

The RANZCP is deeply concerned by the results of a survey of psychiatrists working in public hospitals in New South Wales. 

Statement from RANZCP President in relation to report of a conviction for attempted suicide on Nauru

15 April 2016

Professor Malcolm Hopwood, President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist says 'Members of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists are highly concerned by reports that an asylum seeker has been convicted of attempted suicide in Nauru.' 

Avoidable early deaths costing Australian economy $15 billion annually

11 April 2016

Investment in the physical health care of people with mental illness could recoup millions for the Australian economy says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists who have released a report which calculates the economic cost of premature death of people with mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychoses and severe anxiety and depression to be $15 billion (.9% of GDP) annually, and the cost overall to be $56.7 billion (3.5% of GDP). 

Implementing Family Violence recommendations good for Victoria’s mental health

31 March 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists congratulates the Victorian government on its expressed commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Supporting same sex marriage important for mental health of LGBTI people

30 March 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is concerned that a disproportionate number of Australia and New Zealand’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) population experience mental illness and psychological distress according to a new position statement published today

Queensland mental health care at a turning point: RANZCP

16 March 2016

Dr Michelle Fryer appeared at the Barrett Inquiry on Friday 11th March representing the RANZCP’s Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Violence in Emergency Departments a concern for the RANZCP

16 March 2016

Mental health disorders are a leading cause of disability burden in Queensland and the impacts of mental ill health in Queensland incur substantial costs on individuals, families, communities and the economy.

Suicide rates highlight need for increased funding for mental health care: RANZCP

09 March 2016

New statistics about suicide released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are cause for alarm according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).

RACP and RANZCP release updated Alcohol Policy

03 March 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) today released their updated Alcohol Policy which highlights the influence alcohol is having on individuals, families and communities and makes recommendations regarding how its impact can be reduced.

New guidelines for immigration detention psychiatrists

17 February 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has recommended that doctors act in the ‘best interest of their patients’ in a new Professional Practice Guideline just released which provides guidance for psychiatrists working in Australian immigration detention centres. 

Adolescent forensic mental health care

10 February 2016

Experts in forensic adolescent psychiatry will be meeting with staff from Northern Territory mental health services for a day and a half workshop which will discuss best practice care for young people with mental health and substance abuse problems in the justice system. 

Government commitment to mental health

08 February 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has congratulated the government for its commitment to improving mental health care for Australians, and encouraged it to reconsider planned cuts to public hospital funding from 2017 through its 2016 pre-budget submission.