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RANZCP trainee support webinar series continues 26 April

20 April 2017

Are you a new RANZCP trainee wondering how to make the most of stage 1 of the College’s training program? Learn how to navigate the program by joining the second episode of the webinar series on Wednesday 26 April 2017.


Affordability, access and equity: the issue of private health insurance

20 April 2017

The complexity, cost and lack of transparency in the private health insurance industry is making it increasingly difficult for vulnerable Australians to access the psychiatric care they need and deserve.


Professor Malcolm Hopwood appointed President Elect of AFPA

12 April 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates Professor Malcolm Hopwood on his appointment to the role of President-Elect of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA). 


Celebrating 50 years of psychiatry research publication

28 March 2017

This year, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) celebrates its 50th year of bringing you high quality psychiatry research articles and opinions.


Congratulations to RANZCP award recipients for outstanding achievements and contributions

21 March 2017

Each year, the RANZCP presents a variety of awards to College members, and to external individuals or organisations to acknowledge outstanding achievements and contribution to psychiatry, the community and the College.


Opportunity for rural trainees to attend Congress in Adelaide

20 March 2017

The RANZCP has a limited number of sponsored registrations available for rurally based trainees to attend the RANZCP 2017 Congress, which will be held in Adelaide from 30 April to 4 May 2017. 


Claims for 2016 Continuing Professional Development activities close at 5pm AEDT on 31 March

20 March 2017

The annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program claims submission period for 2016 CPD activities will close on Friday 31 March 2017.


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.


Update on Australia’s Fifth National Mental Health Plan consultations

08 March 2017

In late 2016, a number of Board, Committee and individual members attended consultation workshops and provided input to the College’s submission in response to the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan.


In memoriam: Aramakaraka Pirika, Kaumātua

27 February 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our Kaumātua, the highly respected spiritual head of the College in New Zealand, Mr Aramakaraka Pirika of Te Arawa.


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.


Funding round to support rural specialists in Australia to undertake CPD

23 February 2017

A new Commonwealth-funded program to support psychiatrists and other medical specialists in rural and remote Australia to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is now OPEN for application/s.  


Fellows awarded Australia Day honours; A/Prof William Brett Emmerson and Dr Martha Louise Kent

16 February 2017

The RANZCP is pleased to see two Fellows amongst the recipients of this year’s Australia Day honours.


RANZCP trainee support webinar series starts 21 February

14 February 2017

Are you a new RANZCP trainee wondering where to get started with the College’s training program? Learn how to navigate the program by joining this new webinar series starting on Tuesday 21 February 2017. 


New orientation and wellbeing resources for new trainees and SIMGs

08 February 2017

As part of a recent wellbeing project, the College has produced a reference guide and three-part video series. These resources are aimed at proactively engaging with trainees and SIMGs, helping orient them to the College, highlight key resources available to them and promote their wellbeing throughout the training program.


Australian government approves Specialist Training Program Support Projects for 2017

02 February 2017

The Australian Department of Health has notified  the RANZCP of its approval of the Specialist Training Program Support Projects for 2017.  


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.


Claims for 2016 Continuing Professional Development activities open

31 January 2017

The annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program claims submission period for 2016 CPD activities has begun.


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. 


A message from the RANZCP regarding the Bourke Street tragedy

24 January 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is shocked and saddened by the events on Friday afternoon in Melbourne’s CBD. 


RANZCP calls for greater investment in mental health

20 January 2017

On 19 January, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists made a 2017–18 Pre-Budget submission to the Commonwealth Treasury.


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. 


2016 Human Rights Awards

06 January 2017

The College congratulates the winners and finalists of the 2016 Human Rights Awards, which consists of eight awards. In particular, the Human Rights Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Australia. Several finalists were recognised in specific areas of mental health.


Temporary service disruption: Learnit, Tuesday 10 January 2017

05 January 2017

As part of the maintenance and upgrade of Learnit the platform will not be accessible on Tuesday 10 January 2017 from 8.30 am to 10am AEDT. 


Influencing the future of the culture of medicine

23 December 2016

The RANZCP is pleased to be co-hosting the International Medical Symposium on Friday 10 March 2017 at The Arts Centre, Melbourne.


RANZCP Fellows receive NHMRC grants for innovative research projects

23 December 2016

The RANZCP is pleased to see several Fellows amongst the recipients of new research grants from the Australian Government.


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. 


Vale Anne Deveson (1930 - 2016)

13 December 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists expresses its condolences on the death of Anne Deveson, who helped establish the national body Schizophrenia Australia, now known as SANE.


CPD: Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network modules released

13 December 2016

Five new professional development modules are now available to members via the RANZCP’s e-learning platform, Learnit. These modules have been developed and kindly provided by the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) and are accredited for continuing professional development. 


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.  


New online report navigator launched to locate major reports by government and others

01 December 2016

A new feature of the RANZCP website, the Report Navigator is a directory of major reports and other publications issued by government or other organisations in Australia and New Zealand, relevant to psychiatry and mental health service delivery.


What is Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) ?

22 November 2016

The RANZCP has released clear and accurate information on electroconvulsive therapy for consumers. The information was produced with extensive advice and feedback from expert members of the RANZCP’s Section for Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neuro-stimulation, as well as contribution from the RANZCP’s Community Collaboration Committee and consumers who have experienced ECT treatment. 


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. 


Vale Barbara Hocking OAM 1947 – 2016

14 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists expresses its condolences on the death of Barbara Hocking, the former Executive Director of SANE (1995 – 2012).


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.


Accessing essential training information online

08 November 2016

Following feedback from trainees, the RANZCP has undertaken a significant review of the pre-Fellowship pages on its website. Trainees and Directors of Training seeking information on the Fellowship program, including exams and assessments, can now locate it more easily on the RANZCP website. 


Specialist Training Program applications open for 2017

03 November 2016

The Commonwealth Department of Health has announced that applications for the Specialist Training Program (STP) and Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) posts are now open. Applications close on 30th November 2016.


Congress 2016 keynote presentation videos available

03 November 2016

Presentations by keynote speakers from this year’s RANZCP Congress are now available for viewing online.


Have your say on Australian draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan

28 October 2016

All Australian members are invited to provide their views on the Fifth National Mental Health Plan released for consultation by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. Opportunity to contribute to the College’s response closes on Wednesday 23 November.


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 changes to the Border Force Act

27 October 2016

The RANZCP welcomes the recent amendment to the Determination of Immigration and Border Protection Workers which exempts health professionals working in immigration detention centres from the secrecy and disclosure provisions contained within Part 6 of the Border Force Act. 


Medical Board of Australia consultation on revalidation closes soon

24 October 2016

All Australian Fellows are invited to provide their feedback on a new approach to revalidation proposed by the Medical Board of Australia’s Expert Advisory Group (EAG). Opportunity to contribute to the College’s response closes on Monday 7 November 2016, while direct responses to the Medical Board close on 30 November 2016.


Congratulations to recipients of the RANZCP 2016 research grants

20 October 2016

The RANZCP encourages research as an important activity for psychiatric training and believes that knowledge of research theory and methods is essential for the practice of clinical psychiatry. The RANZCP manages several grants in the area of research, and is pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of the following grants. 


Temporary service disruption, Friday 21 October 2016

18 October 2016

As part of its commitment to providing a high standard of services to members, the RANZCP is upgrading its online database system. This effective upgrade process requires a temporary interruption in some online services and content available to members on the RANZCP website. 


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.


Continuing professional development made easy with the new RANZCP online platform

27 September 2016

The College is pleased to announce the launch of Learnit, the new solution to your online continuing professional development (CPD) needs.


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.  


Introduction of International Corresponding Membership category

22 September 2016

The College is pleased to introduce a new membership category for specialist qualified psychiatrists outside of Australia and New Zealand. 

 


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 Fellow Dr Peggy Brown appointed CEO of the National Mental Health Commission

14 September 2016

The RANZCP congratulates Australian Fellow Dr Peggy Brown on her appointment to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Mental Health Commission. 


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. 


Temporary CPD Online service interruption, 19 September to 27 September

12 September 2016

The College is pleased to announce the upcoming upgrade from CPD Online to Learnit, the RANZCP’s new dedicated e-learning platform for your online continuing professional development (CPD) needs. The effective upgrade process requires a temporary interruption in your access to CPD Online for one week commencing Monday 19 September at 5pm. 


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’. 


Have your say on Medical Board of Australia consultation on revalidation

08 September 2016

All Australian Fellows are invited to provide their feedback on a new approach to revalidation proposed by the Medical Board of Australia’s Expert Advisory Group (EAG). 


World Suicide Prevention day 10 September 2016

08 September 2016

Saturday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention day. On this day, numerous events, conferences, campaigns and local activities call to public attention one of the world’s largest causes of premature and unnecessary death – suicide.


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’.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry September issue released

31 August 2016

The September 2016 issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released. 


Webinar: Meeting your CPD requirements in 2017

29 August 2016

Members are invited to access a recording of the webinar CPD for 2017: Meeting your requirements.


Nominations and applications open for 2017 RANZCP awards

22 August 2016

Each year, the RANZCP presents a variety of awards, grants and prizes to College members, as well as to external individuals or organisations. College members are invited to apply, or nominate a colleague, for an RANZCP award by 30 October 2016.


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.  


CPD podcast: research findings on people who hear voices

16 August 2016

A continuing professionald development podcast titled 'People who hear voices, what happens to them?' is available online for members.


CPD podcast available on crystalline methamphetamine

10 August 2016

A podcast about the risks, harms and interventions related to crystalline methamphetamine is available for members as part of RANZCP Continuing Professional Development online.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry August issue available

05 August 2016

The August 2016 of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) is now available. 


Continuing Professional Development certificates now available online

03 August 2016

Certificates for participants of the 2015 RANZCP Continuing Professional Development program are now available and can be downloaded online.


CPD for 2017: Meeting your requirements webinar. Tuesday 16 August, 1pm AEST

01 August 2016

Join us as we discuss an overview of the requirements for the RANZCP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program to be implemented from January 2017. 


Travelling Professor to visit Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Christchurch

29 July 2016

The Travelling Professorship program is conducted annually and enables a distinguished overseas psychiatrist, or eminent allied health professional, to visit the RANZCP for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information through educational activities and site visits.


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. 


New CPD podcast on Omega-3 fatty acids and depression

25 July 2016

A new podcast is available to members via RANZCP CPD Online on the subject of Omega-3 fatty acids and depression. 


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.


RANZCP to host International Medicine in Addiction Conference, March 2017

15 July 2016

Next year, the RANZCP will host its fourth International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference in Sydney from 24- 26 March.


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.


National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee week 3-10 July

05 July 2016

A key principle of the RANZCP’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2014-2016 is to build and maintain an organisational culture that respects and values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culture and history. This includes recognition of NAIDOC and NAIDOC week.


New continuing professional development module and podcast available

28 June 2016

RANZCP CPD Online provides College members with interactive learning modules covering a range of topics relevant to the practice of psychiatry. Modules are all peer-reviewed and provide a dynamic and rich information source to improve psychiatrists’ knowledge, help acquire new skills quickly, and keep up to date with new research and best practice.


Australian Federal Election 2016 – Where do the major parties stand on mental health reform?

28 June 2016

Leading up to the 2nd July Australian federal election, the RANZCP welcomes the mental health funding commitments made by each of the major parties.


RANZCP journals highly recognised and cited

24 June 2016

The Australasian Psychiatry and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry have both seen an increase in their impact factors, which reflect the number of times papers published have been cited during the preceding two years. 


New Zealand members present to Health Select Committee on Substance Addiction Bill

17 June 2016

In April this year, the New Zealand National Committee, in collaboration with the Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry, made a submission to the Health Select Committee supporting in principle the draft Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill. 


Queen’s Birthday Honours list recognises College Fellows in Australia

15 June 2016

The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List recognises a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community work, Australia’s Defence Force and Emergency Services. The College congratulates members on being recognised in the Queen's Birthday 2016 Honours Lists.


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 


Past Chair of RANZCP Section of Youth Mental Health receives honours in Australian science

06 June 2016

The RANZCP congratulates Victorian Fellow Professor Patrick McGorry AO on being elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, one of the highest honours in Australian science. 


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. 


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry June edition released

03 June 2016

The June edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


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. 


National Reconciliation Week: equality in mental health outcomes

27 May 2016

The RANZCP recognises and acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of Australia, and their continuing spiritual connection to land and sea.


Support for Māori medical students to attend New Zealand National Conference in Christchurch

26 May 2016

The RANZCP is committed to supporting the recruitment and training of Māori psychiatrists and has provided sponsorship for two Māori medical students with an interest in psychiatry to attend its 2016 New Zealand Conference. 


Schizophrenia Awareness week 15 - 21 May 2016

19 May 2016

This week is Schizophrenia Awareness week. Schizophrenia affects one in 100 people across all countries, socio-economic groups and cultures. Schizophrenia usually begins when people are aged between 15 and 25, although it can also emerge later in life. Men are slightly more likely to develop schizophrenia than women, and men tend to have an earlier onset.

 


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. 


College congratulates award winners, new Fellows and advanced training certificate recipients

10 May 2016

The College’s newest Fellows, award winners and advanced training certificate recipients were formally congratulated at the annual College Ceremony held during the first day of the International RANZCP Congress of Psychiatry in Hong Kong last night.


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. 


Professor Lars Vedel Kessing from Denmark announced as this year’s Travelling Professor

09 May 2016

The Travelling Professorship program is conducted annually and enables a distinguished overseas psychiatrist, or eminent allied health professional, to visit the RANZCP for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information through educational activities and site visits. 


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.


Recommendations for identification and treatment of child sexual abuse

09 May 2016

Psychiatrists play an important role in the identification, reporting, assessment and treatment of the effects of child sexual abuse, and work with patients affected by child sexual abuse across their lifespan.


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". 


International RANZCP Congress of Psychiatry abstract book available

03 May 2016

The main event of the College’s events calendar starts this Sunday in Hong Kong (8-12 May). With over 1200 delegates already registered and a full scientific program, Congress is shaping up to be a memorable event.


Children of parents with mental illness, RANZCP updated position statement

02 May 2016

The mental health of parents can impact on the well-being and mental health of their children, however there are a number of evidence-based interventions and effective preventative steps that can be taken to support parents with mental illness to be the best parents they can be and facilitate their own recovery, as well as reduce risks to children and enhance their resilience. 


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.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry May edition features schizophrenia guidelines

27 April 2016

The May edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


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. 


Stigma and mental health treatment, by Professor Malcolm Hopwood

27 April 2016

RANZCP President Professor Malcolm Hopwood talks about this issue and more in MJA Insight this month. 


16th edition of Board Matters released for members

21 April 2016

The 16th edition of Board Matters is now available on the College website.  


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.' 


2015 Annual Review and Financial Report now available

13 April 2016

The RANZCP’s Annual Review and Financial Report for 2015 are now available online. 


Addressing the mental health impacts of natural disasters, weather events and acts of terrorism

12 April 2016

The RANZCP has updated its position statement on addressing the mental health impacts of natural disasters, climate-change-related weather events and acts of terrorism. The document outlines the important role that psychiatrists play prior to and following such events, including in rural and remote communities.


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). 


RANZCP awards recognise members’ outstanding achievements

08 April 2016

The College congratulates the award recipients on their contributions to the College and psychiatry.


Welcome to the RANZCP’s new mobile-friendly website

07 April 2016

The RANZCP has launched its new mobile-friendly website to provide a better browsing experience for users visiting the site on smartphones and tablets.


Australasian Psychiatry April issue available

01 April 2016

The April issue of the College’s Australasian Psychiatry journal has been released and contains a number of highly interesting articles pertaining to various aspects of the field.


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


Members concerned about negative depiction of people with mental illness in the Queensland media

21 March 2016

Recent media coverage of local hospitals and mental health services in Queensland have raised concerns about community and patient safety. Hospitals and other health care facilities assist people at a vulnerable time, and the College agrees all efforts should be made to maintain a safe and secure environment for everyone, including staff. 


Emphasis on reducing inequality in mental health outcomes on National Close the Gap Day

17 March 2016

Today marks the tenth annual National Close the Gap Day, acknowledging a commitment to closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians within a generation.


New resource available for families concerned about eating disorders from RANZCP

17 March 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is proud to have released updated information for the community about eating disorders as part of our commitment to improving the mental health of the community. 


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.


New dementia guidelines welcome

16 March 2016

The Australian Federal Government has today launched the clinical practice guidelines for dementia in Australia.


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.


Minimising the use of seclusion and restraint in people with mental illness

15 March 2016

The RANZCP is committed to the delivery of quality mental health services that seek to improve safe practice and promote optimal outcomes to those receiving care. This includes a commitment to reducing, and where possible eliminating, the use of seclusion and restraint of people with mental illness in a way that supports good clinical practice and provides safe and improved care for them. 


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).


RANZCP releases eating disorders guide for the community

09 March 2016

As part of its commitment to improving the mental health of the community, the RANZCP has published new resources on the topic of eating disorders, including a new webpage and an Eating Disorders Guide, to provide information and advice to members of the public. 


Official launch of Alcohol Policy held in Sydney

04 March 2016

The RANZCP’s successful collaboration with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) culminated in the launch of the joint Alcohol Policy in Sydney last night.


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.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry March edition available

29 February 2016

The March edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


RANZCP awards recipients

26 February 2016

The College would like to congratulate the following award winners on their contributions to the College and psychiatry more generally.


Opportunity for New Zealand Psychiatry Interest Forum members

23 February 2016

The RANZCP is pleased to announce that the Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) is offering support for up to three New Zealand medical students and graduates in their first and second postgraduate year to attend the 2016 International RANZCP Congress of Psychiatry in Hong Kong. 


Electro-convulsive treatment in the media

18 February 2016

Recent media coverage has questioned the appropriateness of psychiatric treatment for patients in involuntary care (State examining treatment of man subjected to multiple cases of shock therapy, The Age, 14 February 2016).


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. 


Trisno Family Research Grant in Old Age Psychiatry

16 February 2016

The RANZCP, in conjunction with the Trisno Family trust is pleased to announce the introduction of the Trisno Family Research Grant in Old Age Psychiatry. 


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. 


Australasian Psychiatry February issue available

08 February 2016

The February issue of the College’s Australasian Psychiatry journal has been released and contains a number of highly interesting articles pertaining to various aspects of the field.


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.


Waitangi Day Rahoroi 6th Huitanguru i te tau 2016

04 February 2016

Saturday 6 February marks Waitangi Day, commemorating the signing of New Zealand’s founding document Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) by representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs in 1840. 


Webinar recording available

03 February 2016

The RANZCP’s Specialist Training Program has made available several webinar recordings covering a wide range of topics relevant to psychiatry practice. 12 webinar recordings can now be accessed online at your convenience. 


College Fellow appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia

01 February 2016

The RANZCP congratulates Professor David Copolov AO of Victoria on his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education administration, to medicine in the field of psychiatry, to mental health research, and to the community.


Pragmatic leadership in teams and groups

28 January 2016

A new continuing professional development (CPD) module titled ‘Pragmatic leadership in teams and groups’ is available to College members through RANZCP’s CPD online. This is part three of a series of modules on the topic of leadership and management. 


New Zealand Health Strategy for next five years

27 January 2016

The RANZCP welcomed the opportunity to comment on the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Health Strategy.


New Zealand Fellow receives the Queen's Service Medal

18 January 2016

The RANZCP congratulates New Zealand Fellow Dr Cecilia Casware Smith-Hamel on being awarded The Queen's Service Medal. 


Antidepressant medicines use in children and adolescents

13 January 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) calls on the mental health community to renew its commitment to ensuring children and adolescents have access to the highest quality mental healthcare, following recent news reporting high levels of prescribing of antidepressant medications 


Continuing Professional Development Program claims open

12 January 2016

The RANZCP’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program sets the recognised standard for continuing professional development for psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand and contributes to excellence in psychiatry practice.


Operational plan shows good progress in 2015

05 January 2016

The College is pleased to share the latest update to its operational plan with members, detailing the activities and achievements of 2015. 


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry January edition available

04 January 2016

The January edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


RANZCP upholds high standard in psychiatry training during transition

23 December 2015

The RANZCP training program provides candidates with the knowledge, tools and experience required for the highest standard of psychiatry practice in Australia and New Zealand.


Show cause suspended for 2016

23 December 2015

The President and Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has heard the membership’s concerns about assessment in the 2012 Fellowship Program and the implementation of the Failure to Progress policy. As a result we have decided to suspend the requirement for trainees who are unsuccessful in an assessment after three attempts to discuss their progress with the Committee for Training (known as ‘show cause’) for 2016. 


7.30 program on ECT to be discussed

21 December 2015

The President has been informed of members' concerns about the recent ‘Mind Control’ story broadcast on 7.30, ABC TV on Thursday 17 December 2015. 


National Ice Taskforce final report released

15 December 2015

On 6 December 2015 the National Ice Taskforce released its Final Report (Report) [PDF; 3.06MB]. The Taskforce undertook extensive consultation and research in developing the Report.


Australasian Psychiatry December issue

10 December 2015

The December issue of the College’s Australasian Psychiatry journal has been released and contains a number of highly interesting articles pertaining to various aspects of the field.


Results of August 2015 assessments

10 December 2015

The President and Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists are concerned by the unusually low assessment outcome of the August assessments. We would like to reassure our members that we take these matters seriously and are actively working to alleviate concerns, and encourage members to raise any concerns directly with the College. 


Supporting better patient care for people with depression and bipolar disorders

09 December 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is very pleased to announce the publication of our first Clinical Practice Guidelines for Mood Disorders in the December edition of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP). 


President Elect delivers oration to Consumers Health Forum of Australia

08 December 2015

On behalf of President Mal Hopwood, President Elect Dr Kym Jenkins was invited to give the Christopher Newell Oration AM at the Consumers Health Forum of Australia earlier this week.


RANZCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for mood disorders published

07 December 2015

The RANZCP has released new clinical practice guidelines for the management of mood disorders.


International Day of People with Disability

03 December 2015

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally and is held on 3 December each year.


RANZCP committed to supporting the welfare of psychiatry trainees and Fellows

03 December 2015

The RANZCP is committed to looking after the welfare of psychiatrists and trainees in Australia and New Zealand, and supporting a safe and professional environment for training and practice.


Need to ensure specialist mental health disability services aren’t lost with introduction of NDIS

03 December 2015

On 3 December, the International Day of People with Disability, the Section of Intellectual and Developmental Disability of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is optimistic that the implementation of the NDIS will assist the delivery of enhanced health and disability services for Australia’s most vulnerable citizens. 


Pause by government to reconsider legislation details welcomed

02 December 2015

The Health Insurance (Medicare Safety Net) Bill 2015, due to be debated in the Senate this week, has now been withdrawn by the Government after Health Minister Sussan Ley failed to get cross bench support in the Senate. The proposed Medicare Safety Net changes, including the ones relating to mental health, will no longer come into effect from 1 January 2016.


Spotlight on forensic mental health care

26 November 2015

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, together with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law (ACT) are very pleased to begin this year’s annual conference Systems, clients and patients: psychiatry, psychology and the law on Thursday 26 November at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra. 


Mental health of older people discussed

26 November 2015

Psychiatrists, psychologists and others interested in the mental health of older people will gather in Adelaide at the National Wine Centre to begin the joint conference of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychology and Ageing Interest Group. 


Collaboration is key to success of mental health reform

26 November 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is pleased to see the federal government’s response to the Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services conducted by the National Mental Health Commission announced this morning.


RANZCP welcomes Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

26 November 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is a membership organisation that prepares doctors to be medical specialists in the field of psychiatry; supports and enhances clinical practice; advocates for people affected by mental illness and advises government on mental healthcare. As such, we have a major role in delivering training and education, providing clinical, policy and systems advice, and liaising with other medical professions in relation to mental healthcare.


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2015

Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the RANZCP joins several other organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand in endorsing the White Ribbon campaign to end men’s violence against women. 


Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015

23 November 2015

Over the past few months, the College, in conjunction with its Faculty of Psychotherapy, has worked extensively to ensure that the proposed changes to the Medicare Safety Net will not negatively impact vulnerable people with mental illness who require long-term intensive psychotherapy. 


Guidance for stimulant medications in adults

20 November 2015

The RANZCP Committee for Therapeutic Interventions and Evidence Based Practice has released an updated Professional Practice Guideline to provide clinical guidance to psychiatrists and other prescribers for the use of stimulant medications, as one part of a holistic treatment plan.


Communication in the time of screens and psychotherapy

20 November 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Psychotherapy annual conference begins today in Queensland. The conference is themed ‘Beyond love: Communication in the time of screens. Psychotherapy at the Interface of biology and psychology.’


Psychiatry services for older people

18 November 2015

Led by its Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age, the RANZCP has released an updated position statement on psychiatry services for older people. 


Threatened closure of specialist disability health service

13 November 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is concerned that plans to close the only specialist  disability health service in South Australia will impact negatively upon the care of some of the state’s most vulnerable people. The RANZCP understands that the Centre for Disability Health cannot receive funding from NDIS, and that SA Health has declined to fund the service. 


Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015 update

12 November 2015

The Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015, introduced by the Australian Government on 21 October, was discussed in Parliament and concerns held by psychiatrists were forefront in the discussion.


Improving outcomes for people with mental illness through research

11 November 2015

The College is very pleased to see Fellows were among the successful recipients of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2015 Grants, demonstrating the important role of psychiatrists in mental health research. 


Media update 9 November 2015

09 November 2015

The College has noted mental health coverage from the media over the weekend.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry November issue available

09 November 2015

The November edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


Maternal mental health an important priority

06 November 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is highlighting the importance of maternal mental health care during New Zealand’s Postnatal Depression Awareness Week.


Neuropsychiatry and behavioural mental health to be discussed in Melbourne

05 November 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Neuropsychiatry will hold their annual conference this week at the Melbourne Brain Centre.


Acknowledge outstanding achievements in mental health

02 November 2015

Each year, the RANZCP presents a variety of awards, grants and prizes to College members, as well as to external individuals or organisations. College members are invited to apply, or nominate a colleague, for an RANZCP award. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 13 November 2015.


National Press Club speech made by Minister for Health

30 October 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists was interested to hear Minister for Health The Hon. Sussan Ley’s address to the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday. 


Opening of acute psychiatric beds in SA welcomed

30 October 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the move by the State Government to increase the number of acute psychiatric hospital beds in South Australia. 


People with mental illness and insurance

27 October 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is pleased to see that recent media coverage has highlighted the discrimination still commonly experienced by people with mental illness in relation to obtaining insurance. 


2016 Travelling Professor call for nominations

27 October 2015

The Travelling Professorship program is an annual initiative which has been run by the College for over 40 years. It enables a distinguished overseas psychiatrist, or eminent allied health professional, to visit the RANZCP for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information through educational activities and site visits. 


Adults Surviving Child Abuse

26 October 2015

Blue Knot Day is ASCA’s (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) national awareness day celebrated on the fourth Monday of October each year.


Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015 introduced into Parliament

23 October 2015

On 21 October, the Australian Government introduced the Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015 (the Bill) into Parliament. The Government has indicated it will commence formal debate of the Bill.


Patient and clinician safety paramount: RANZCP

21 October 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is greatly concerned by reports of a recent incident at a Victorian forensic facility in which a psychiatrist was injured. 


New Investigator Grant, Research and Education Foundation Grant award winners

14 October 2015

The College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 New Investigator Grant and the 2015 Research and Education Foundation Grant.


Mental health of ‘first responders’ a key priority

14 October 2015

Statement from Professor Malcolm Hopwood, President, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. ‘The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists would like to express its sympathies to Victoria Police in relation to the recent tragic death of one of its members. 


Climate change day of global action

12 October 2015

Monday 12 October is the Day of Global Action on the health impacts of climate change.


Opinion piece by RANZCP President in The Australian

09 October 2015

An opinion piece by RANZCP President Professor Malcolm Hopwood was published today in The Australian titled ‘Healthcare’s poor cousin’. 


Medicare Safety Net update

08 October 2015

As announced in the 2014-15 Budget Measure the Australian Government is proposing to introduce a new Medicare Safety Net from 1 January 2016, which will replace the current Medicare Plus Safety Net.


NDIS could fail thousands of people with mental illness

08 October 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has recently made a submission to the Independent Review of the Operation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme being conducted by Ernst and Young for the National Disability Insurance Agency. 


College awards applications now open

07 October 2015

Each year, the RANZCP presents a variety of awards, grants and prizes to College members, as well as to external individuals or organisations. College members are invited to apply, or nominate a colleague, for an RANZCP award. The deadline for submissions is 30 October 2015.


Mental Health Week, 5 to 11 October 2015

05 October 2015

This year, Mental Health Week is held in Australia and New Zealand from 5 to 11 October 2015. 


Psychiatrists have ‘your health in mind’ during Mental Health Week

05 October 2015

As Mental Health Week gets started the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is stepping up their support for community mental health with the development of information for the community about psychiatry and mental health care.


College Fellows to appear on ABC Q&A program today

05 October 2015

College Fellows Dr Roderick McKay and Professor Ian Hickie are two of the five panellists who will appear on ABC program, Q&A, later today. 


New College position statement on methamphetamines

29 September 2015

In recognition of the impact methamphetamine use is having on consumers, families, communities, health services and clinicians, the College has released Position Statement 82 ‘Recognising and addressing the harmful mental health impacts of methamphetamine use’.


Child, youth and family mental health in the Pacific to be discussed at Vanuatu conference

28 September 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual conference will begin in Vanuatu next week. 


Psychiatrists support Victorian Mental Health Strategy approach

28 September 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Victorian Branch has recently made a submission in response to the release of the draft Victoria’s 10-year mental health strategy. 


Dementia Awareness Month

25 September 2015

Dementia Awareness Month, a campaign by Alzheimer’s Australia, is held from 1 September to 30 September across Australia. The theme for the month is Creating a dementia-friendly nation.


Australasian Psychiatry October issue available

24 September 2015

The October issue of the College’s Australasian Psychiatry journal has been released and contains a number of highly interesting articles pertaining to various aspects of the field. 


Over 200 psychiatrists to discuss emerging mental health research in Hamilton

21 September 2015

Treatments for conduct order and borderline personality disorder, preventing depression in older adults, and managing general hospital patients with mental health issues are just some of the topics that will be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual New Zealand Conference 21 to 23 September 2015.


Dr Mark Cross recognised with 2015 Meritorious Service Award

17 September 2015

The RANZCP New South Wales Branch Committee is pleased to announce that College Fellow Dr Mark Cross has been selected as the Meritorious Service Award recipient for 2015.


Link between chronic disease and mental illness must be part of primary health care reform

16 September 2015

An article by College President Professor Malcolm Hopwood was published this week in MJA Insight, speaking about the link between physical and mental health.


Psychiatry Interest Forum Introduction to psychiatry short course

15 September 2015

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. Due to popular demand, the next free Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course will be held in Adelaide on Saturday 31 October 2015.


Inaugural rural workshop hosted in Shepparton

03 September 2015

An inaugural professional development workshop on rural issues was hosted by the College’s Victorian Branch last Saturday 29 August 2015 in Shepparton. The workshop focussed on trauma related disorders and practice issues for psychiatrists in regional and rural settings.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry September issue available

31 August 2015

The September edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


College work on reconciliation praised in BJPsych International

27 August 2015

The College’s work towards reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been recognised and celebrated in the most recent edition of BJPsych International, which features an article by Dr Jason Lee, Chair of the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee, and extended reference in the Guest Editorial by Lord John Alderdice titled ‘Reconciliation and psychosocial understanding’.


Sponsorship available for two Māori medical students to attend 2015 New Zealand Conference

26 August 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) wishes to offer sponsorship for two Māori medical students to attend the 2015 New Zealand Conference to be held at The Novotel Tainui in Hamilton, 21-23 September. The RANZCP is keen to support efforts to increase the number of Māori psychiatrists.


Talking about dementia using appropriate, inclusive and non-stigmatising language

24 August 2015

The RANZCP’s Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age (FPOA) has recently endorsed the Alzheimer’s Australia’s dementia language guidelines. This follows concern from members about the use of derogatory terms by media outlets when referencing people experiencing dementia


2016 Travelling Professor call for nominations

21 August 2015

The Travelling Professorship program is an annual initiative which has been run by the College for over 40 years. It enables a distinguished overseas psychiatrist, or eminent allied health professional, to visit the RANZCP for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information through educational activities and site visits. 


Adverse effects of Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

18 August 2015

The RANZCP is concerned by the detrimental impacts that the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 will have on people who are currently receiving treatment in psychiatric hospitals. The RANZCP has written to several Senators to urge them not to support the passage of the Bill through the Senate.


Statement from RANZCP President re Medibank Private and Calvary Health

17 August 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is extremely concerned regarding recent media reports of a refusal by Medibank Private to cover key psychiatric incidents in their proposed contract with Calvary Health.


Young people’s mental health a long-term health priority

10 August 2015

The Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (FCAP) at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists was pleased to see the attention being paid to the mental health of children and adolescents with the release today of Young Minds Matter: the report on the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing by the federal government.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry August issue available

04 August 2015

The August edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


RANZCP supports AllTrials Campaign

31 July 2015

The RANZCP has joined other leading health and medical organisations to support the AllTrials Campaign.


Australasian Psychiatry August issue available

28 July 2015

The August issue of the College’s Australasian Psychiatry journal has been released and contains a number of highly interesting articles pertaining to various aspects of the field. This issue has a particular focus on the topic of anxiety.


College joins Recognise Campaign

27 July 2015

The College is happy to announce it is now a Recognise Campaign Partner. This follows the College’s ongoing work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, as well as the RANZCP’s Reconciliation Action Plan.


Eating disorders and body image disorders workshop

24 July 2015

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and body dysmorphic disorder will be discussed tomorrow Saturday 25 July at a joint workshop in Melbourne. Co-hosted by the RANZCP Victorian Branch and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Victorian Faculty, this workshop will be an opportunity for psychiatrists and general practitioners to discuss the very latest clinical and research advances regarding disorders of body image.


$3000 grants available for SIMGs to receive coaching

17 July 2015

The College has made available grants of up to $3000 for Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) exemption candidates to fund paid coaching sessions with a College Fellow or other suitably qualified professional to provide support on the pathway to RANZCP Fellowship.


New educational grants available for rural psychiatry trainees in Australia

17 July 2015

The College is offering new educational grants of up to $2,000 to support psychiatry trainees who show a commitment to training in rural Australia. Trainees can apply for grants to support specific educational activities.


New Investigator, Research and Education Foundation Grants

07 July 2015

The College is offering several grants to encourage and support research-related activities by members. Applications for the New Investigator Grant, and the Research and Education Foundation Grant are now open. Applications from Fellows and trainees are welcome until 12 July 2015.


Psychiatrists keen to contribute to Tasmanian mental health system ‘rethink’

06 July 2015

The Tasmanian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has responded to a reported statement by the Minister for Health that Tasmania’s mental health system is ‘broken’. 


National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee week 5-12 July

06 July 2015

A key principle of the RANZCP’s Reconciliation Action Plan is to build and maintain an organisational culture that respects and values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culture and history. This includes recognition of NAIDOC and NAIDOC week.


Concerns with lack of ongoing funding for mother and baby services

30 June 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is disappointed that funding has not been extended for the National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI).


2015 Travelling Professor Charles F. Reynolds III itinerary confirmed

30 June 2015

The Travelling Professorship program is conducted annually and enables a distinguished overseas psychiatrist, or eminent allied health professional, to visit the RANZCP for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information through educational activities and site visits. 


Consultation for Clinical Practice Guideline for mood disorders extended

25 June 2015

The RANZCP is pleased to extend the consultation period on the updated Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for mood disorders to 1 July 2015. The guideline has been developed specifically for psychiatrists.


Continuing Professional Development Certificates for 2014 now available

24 June 2015

2014 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates are now available for program participants and can be accessed online. 


RANZCP welcomes Mental Health Expert Reference Group

22 June 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomed this week’s announcement of the establishment of the Mental Health Expert Reference Group which will provide advice to inform the Government’s response to the Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.


Australia’s health groups call for Australian Border Force Act to be amended

22 June 2015

Australia’s peak health professional bodies are voicing collective concern about the appalling secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two years for health and medical professional who disclose information about the conditions in immigration Detention Centres.


Vanuatu conference to go ahead, Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

17 June 2015

The Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is delighted to confirm that its 2015 conference will proceed as planned in Vanuatu from 29 September to 2 October.


College Fellows recognised in Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours Lists

15 June 2015

The College congratulates Professor Graham Mellsop, Professor Florence Levy, Dr Ashim Kumar Majumdar and A/Prof Geoffrey Smith. on being recognised in the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours Lists.


Consultation now open for Clinical Practice Guideline for Mood Disorders

12 June 2015

The RANZCP is pleased to invite comments on the updated Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Mood Disorders. The guideline has been developed specifically for psychiatrists. The RANZCP will be releasing a guide for the community at a later date.


College contributes to fight against methamphetamine abuse

10 June 2015

The College has made a detailed submission to the National Ice Taskforce, advocating for a rehabilitative approach to dealing with methamphetamine abuse over a punitive one wherever possible.


Psychiatrists concerned by draconian measures of Border Force Act

09 June 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerned by the draconian measures introduced by the Australian federal government as part of the Border Force Act.


National Reconciliation Week, 27 May to 3 June 2015

01 June 2015

The RANZCP recognises and acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of Australia, and their continuing spiritual connection to land and sea, and has supported the recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution. 


College investigating ketamine for the treatment of depression

28 May 2015

The College has noted increased concern among members regarding the use of Ketamine to treat depression, as well as increased publicity around the matter. 


New online information for consumers

20 May 2015

The RANZCP website has new information for consumers seeking answers to questions about psychiatrists and psychiatry.


‘Changing Minds: The Inside Story’ ABC TV series now available to members

19 May 2015

As part of our work providing support for trainees, SIMGs and affiliates seeking Fellowship the College has recently purchased a two year license to the outstanding ABC series Changing Minds: The Inside Story [member log-in required], and it is now available for all College members to view at their convenience. 


Federal Budget protects patient mental health care

13 May 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is pleased to see that maintaining funding for patient mental health care remained a priority in the federal Budget released last night.


Borderline Personality Disorder free webinar

12 May 2015

The RANZCP is pleased to announce a free webinar for RANZCP members on the subject of Borderline Personality Disorder.


College welcomes new President

08 May 2015

The College welcomes Professor Malcolm Hopwood from Victoria as its new President. 


Psychiatrists’ Congress Highlights Thursday 7 May 2015

07 May 2015

The relationship between physical and psychiatric disorder, parent and child therapy, breech of medical confidentiality and more will be discussed today at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual Congress in Brisbane. 


Psychiatrists’ Congress Highlights Wednesday 6 May 2015

06 May 2015

Post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans, Indigenous empowerment, the fight against family violence and more will be discussed today at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual Congress. 


Forced closure of communities likely to lead to poorer mental health outcomes

06 May 2015

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists have spoken out at their annual Congress to express their disappointment with the continued discussions about the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.


Mental health issues discussed at the second day of Congress

06 May 2015

The mental health of asylum seekers, families and carers and guidelines for eating disorders were among the topics covered during the second day of the College’s annual Congress in Brisbane yesterday.  


Psychiatrists’ Congress Highlights Tuesday 5 May 2015

05 May 2015

The mental health of asylum seekers, families and carers, treating transgender teens, guidelines for eating disorders and more will be discussed today at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual Congress in Brisbane. 


College congratulates award winners, new Fellows and advanced training certificate recipients

05 May 2015

College ceremony ends first day of Congress.


Psychiatrists call for commitment to prevent early deaths

04 May 2015

Psychiatrists are calling on all mental health professionals to prioritise the screening and treatment of people with serious mental illness for common chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiac disease and cancer. 


Annual RANZCP Congress begins in Brisbane

04 May 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual Congress was officially opened in Brisbane yesterday by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC. 


Physical health and mental illness

01 May 2015

A virtual issue of the Australasian Psychiatry has been released focussing on the physical health of people with mental illness. 


April issue of Australasian Psychiatry released

21 April 2015

The April issue of the College’s Australasian Psychiatry journal has been released and contains a great series of articles, as well as an interesting a podcast and articles on diagnosing and managing bipolar II disorder. 


Special journal issue on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

16 April 2015

The April edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released. A special issue on the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it contains a number of interesting and relevant research articles and expert commentary.


Cuts to mental health acute care ill-advised say psychiatrists

15 April 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has commended the National Mental Health Commission’s summary report of the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. 


Outcome measures for service development and clinical application

08 April 2015

The RANZCP, in collaboration with the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network, has developed two e-learning modules on Outcome Measures, to assist with improving knowledge and skills in this important area of practice. 


2014 Annual Review and Financial Report now available

07 April 2015

The RANZCP’s Annual Review and Financial Report for 2014 are now available online. 


Opening of New Zealand National Office

01 April 2015

The College was delighted to formally open its new National Office in New Zealand at a function recently in Wellington.


International expert in geriatric psychiatry announced as 2015 Travelling Professor

01 April 2015

The Travelling Professorship program is conducted annually by the College and enables a distinguished overseas psychiatrist, or an eminent allied health professional, to visit the RANZCP for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information through educational activities and site visits. 


Funding confirmed for Specialist Training Program

25 March 2015

The RANZCP has today thanked the federal government for announcing that funding for the Specialist Training Program will be extended until February 2017 so that discussions can take place regarding funding the program from 2017 onwards. 


Roll of dice determines access to mental health care

20 March 2015

Affordability of health care still a key issue for people with serious mental illness says RANZCP President


National Close the Gap Day

19 March 2015

Today marks National Close the Gap Day, acknowledging a commitment to closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians within a generation.


World leaders in addiction medicine to gather in Melbourne

17 March 2015

International leaders in addictive medicine will meet in Melbourne from Friday to share the latest research and clinical approaches to substances including alcohol, prescription drugs, cannabis and emerging recreational drugs.


Funding ‘at risk’ for psychiatrists in country areas

12 March 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has today called on the government to continue funding to enable doctors training as psychiatrists to work in areas of high need in rural and regional Australia. 


Advocacy to support the continuation of STP

11 March 2015

With the assistance of the federal government’s Specialist Training Program (STP), the College has provided training opportunities for hundreds of trainees across Australia since 2009. These posts enable doctors to train as psychiatrists and assist patients where psychiatrists are in short supply, as well as outside the traditional public hospital setting. 


Minister and Australian of the Year attend College event

02 March 2015

A roundtable to discuss how to improve cross sector collaboration and engagement on family violence issues was held on Friday.


Events for medical students and junior doctors

02 March 2015

The College’s Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) provides interested medical students and doctors with the chance to learn more about mental health and psychiatry and engage with the profession through activities, competitions and valuable networking opportunities.


Limit detention to 72 hours for children and adolescents

26 February 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has today released its position statement Children in immigration detention


Consultation for Clinical Practice Guideline for deliberate self-harm open

20 February 2015

The RANZCP is pleased to invite comments on the updated Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for deliberate self-harm which has been developed specifically for psychiatrists. The College will be releasing a guide for the public at a later date.


Special research themed issue of Australasian Psychiatry

17 February 2015

The February issue of the College’s Australasian Psychiatry journal has been released and contains a great series of articles, as well as an interesting podcast, on the topic of research. 


Human rights report proves detention harms children

12 February 2015

The President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Dr Murray Patton, says the findings of an inquiry into children in detention confirms what psychiatrists have been saying.


New research released in College journal

09 February 2015

The February edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released and contains a number of interesting and relevant research articles and expert commentary.


Consultation now open for Clinical Practice Guideline for Schizophrenia and related disorders

05 February 2015

The RANZCP is pleased to invite comments on the updated Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Schizophrenia and related disorders. The guideline has been developed specifically for psychiatrists. 


College expresses sadness at death of trainees

03 February 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has today expressed great sadness and offered their condolences to the families of three trainees who recently died unexpectedly. 


Constitutional recognition key to improving Indigenous mental health

30 January 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is concerned that despite headway made in some areas, the inequality gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health is increasing.


Reforming the culture of healthcare: the case for intelligent kindness

29 January 2015

A continuing professional development (CPD) module titled ‘Reforming the culture of healthcare: the case for intelligent kindness’ is available to College members through RANZCP’s CPD online.


New Strategic Plan 2015-2017 published

16 January 2015

The RANZCP Strategic Plan 2015-2017 has been published and is now available on the College website. The plan details the College’s vision, purposes, values and strategic priorities for 2015–2017.


Learn about alcohol-related brain damage

12 January 2015

A new continuing professional development (CPD) module on the topic of alcohol-related brain damage has been published and is now available to College members through RANZCP’s CPD online.


Queensland state election submission

09 January 2015

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has today released its 2015 Queensland State Election submission calling on all parties to commit to increasing investment in mental health over the next three years.


College Fellow recognised in New Zealand’s 2015 New Year Honours List

07 January 2015

The College congratulates Fellow Dr Sai Woh Wong from Auckland, who has been recognised in New Zealand’s 2015 New Year Honours List. He has been appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health and the Chinese community. 


New research released

06 January 2015

The January edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released and contains a number of interesting and relevant research articles and expert commentary. The January edition is a special issue on the topic of suicide. 


 


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