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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
Media and Communications Officer
T +61 (0)3 9236 9107
jessica.antcliff@ranzcp.org

 

 


Media releases

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.