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Training and Assessment Newsletter - July 2017

In this issue:

Fellowship program
Trainee Representative Committee

Fellowship program

Trainee Support Webinar series available on Learnit

Since the start of 2017 the College has developed four episodes of the Trainee Support Webinar series.

This series will cover most aspects and help you navigate the Training Program. The webinars combine expert advice and real life experiences from Trainees.

You can already access the following webinars:

  • Training Program Basics
  • Making the most of Stage 1
  • Making the most of Stage 2
  • Navigating the Psychotherapy Written Case

Watch the first four webinars in Learnit  [member log-in required]

The next episode in July will focus on the Scholarly Project assessment. More details to come soon. Watch this space!

Neuropsychiatry trainee survey

Dear RANZCP trainee,

The Section of Neuropsychiatry (SoN) is conducting a short survey of all trainees Binationally and we hoped you could take 3 minutes to complete this survey online using the link below. The survey is anonymised and aims to generate data relating to trainee interest in, and access to, training experiences in Neuropsychiatry in Australasia. The survey results will help the Section of Neuropsychiatry set a training agenda that is consistent with the views of the majority of trainees and is an opportunity for the SoN to engage with the trainee body as a whole. Your participation is greatly appreciated. The survey can be found through – Neuropsychiatry Binational Trainee Survey

The closing date for the survey is 1st September, 2017.

Please contact if there are any issues with accessing the survey.


Best wishes,

Adith Mohan

Committee member, Section of Neuropsychiatry

The Annual STP Trainee Survey – making trainee voices heard

 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is currently seeking feedback from trainees who worked in an STP post during rotation two of 2016 and/or rotation one of 2017.

This feedback is important for the RANZCP in accurately assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of training positions funded under the STP. The RANZCP is particularly interested to hear how STP training experiences differ from training posts in more traditional settings, as well as trainees’ experiences of supervision and the impact of the post on skill development and career aspirations.

All RANZCP trainees or SIMGs who occupied an STP-funded post in rotation two of 2016 and/or rotation one of 2017 have been invited to complete this survey. Please note, the survey will give trainees the opportunity to provide separate feedback on numerous rotations if they so wish. All eligible College members who complete the survey will go into the draw to win a $500 Visa gift card or one of two $100 Visa gift cards.

The survey will be open from Wednesday 7 June until COB on Friday 28 July 2017. We encourage all trainees and SIMGs in STP-funded positions to complete the survey within this timeframe.

To complete the survey please click here. Please ensure that you read the Participant Information Sheet before completing the survey.

For any queries, please email or contact Anita Hill on 03 9601 4947.


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Trainee Representative Committee

Non-Jurisdictional Member on TRC - Call for Nominations

Dear colleagues

Nominations are now open for a non-jurisdictional member on the RANZCP’s Trainee Representative Committee (TRC). 

The TRC is the committee elected by trainees to represent the interests of trainees within the College. 

Involvement with the TRC is an unmissable opportunity to gain committee experience and to develop communication, teamwork and leadership skills.  It is also an opportunity to network and build relationships, and to contribute to the College and the profession of psychiatry.

Additional information on what the position will involve, supporting documents and an electronic nomination form are available on the RANZCP website.

Your nomination form including a 2 page CV and 250 word supporting statement are welcome by close of business on Wednesday 19 July 2017. 

The TRC looks forward to receiving your nomination.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Election Officer noted on the College website or the TRC.


Warm regards

Trainee Representative Committee

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Advanced Trainee Breakfast: Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Conference 2017

The Conference Organising Committee would like to update Advanced Trainees on planned events at this year’s Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Conference.

In place of a separate Advanced Trainee workshop at the end of the conference, a special Advanced Trainee breakfast will be held during the conference featuring an address from an invited speaker and time to speak with SATPOA committee members.  The cost for this event is included in the conference registration fee.

This year’s conference will be held in association with the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown, New Zealand, from Thursday 9 November to Friday 10 November. Pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday 8 November and the educational breakfast meeting for Advanced Trainees will be held on Friday 10 November.

 Register today to secure your place.

The Organising Committee is currently working on a dynamic and exciting program based around the theme “Capacity, Creativity and Ageing in Clinical Practice”.

The program is being finalised and will be released soon.

Pre-conference Workshops
The conference will feature four highly relevant, optional pre-conference workshops on Wednesday 8 November.

 Organised by the IPA, workshops will be interactive and will be led by international experts.

• Imaging and Biomarkers (full day)
• Capacity Controversies and the Cutting Edge (full day)
• Late-Life Mood Disorders: Emerging Concepts (half day)
• Management of BPSD Using Psychosocial Interventions for People with Dementia Living in Nursing Home Care
(half day)

Keynote speakers
We are delighted to welcome Professor Robin Jacoby, Professor Henry Brodaty, Professor Roger Mulder and Dr Margaret Dudley as our keynote speakers, who are well known as erudite researchers, teachers and leaders.

Social functions

Welcome Reception
A welcome reception will be held on Wednesday evening at Skyline Queenstown and is included in the cost of your registration.  Guest tickets can also be purchased for this event.

Conference Dinner
A special conference dinner will be held on Thursday evening at Prime Waterfront Restaurant.  Tickets can be purchased when you register for the conference and include arrival drinks and canapés, three course dinner and beverages.  Please click here to secure your place for this memorable event.

We have secured a range of accommodation options in Queenstown and we encourage delegates to book early in order to secure your preferred option. Queenstown also features a wide range of other accommodation options which delegates may choose to book directly. As Queenstown is such a popular tourist destination, we also encourage you to book flights early to secure the best fares.

World-renowned for its adventure, Queenstown is home to a huge choice of adrenaline-based activities including jetboating, bungy jumping, white water rafting and skydiving – all guaranteed to get your blood pumping!  There are also plenty of more relaxing activities on offer such as guided tours, wine tours, boat cruises, culture and heritage activities or a day trip to Milford Sound to make the most of your time in the region.

To register or more information, please visit the conference website

We look forward to seeing you at the conference. 

Dr Jane Casey, Conference Co-convenor
Dr Elizabeth Fussell, Conference Co-convenor
Professor Brian Draper, Conference Co-convenor, IPA

Registrations Open: Victorian Branch Conference 2017

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the annual Victorian Branch Conference 2017 to be held from Saturday 14 October to Sunday 15 October 2017 at the Vibe Hotel Marysville.

The annual conference is a key component of the Victorian Branch’s educational program for members, and represents fantastic value for money. The registration fee also includes a three course dinner including drinks and guest speaker, to be held at the conference venue on Saturday 14 October.

Registration fees:

  • Fellow/Affiliate A$450.00 (incl.GST) 
  • Registrar A$240.00 (incl.GST) 
  • Additional dinner tickets are available and can be purchased via the registration page

Located in one of the state's most scenic areas, Marysville is a popular destination to relax and explore the area's stunning attractions.

Conference registration will open on Friday 13 October (between 5-6pm) and prior to presentations on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October.

The conference program includes an array of compelling interstate and local speakers including:

  • Professor George Patton: The Murdoch Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Douglas Bell: former Clinical Director at Forensicare
  • Associate Professor Josephine Beatson: an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne with a particular interest in the understanding and treatment of severe personality disorders
  • Professor Anne Buist - Director of Women’s Mental Health at Austin Health / Northpark Private Hospital

Visit the conference website to register and book accommodation.

Please note this is a sponsorship-free event.

Stay tuned for further program updates.

I look forward to seeing you at this year's conference.


Dr Kerryn Rubin, Conference Convenor

Registrations Reminder & Program Released: RANZCP Section of Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Conference 2017

The organising committee would like to remind you that registrations are now open for the Section of Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Conference, which will be held at Rydges Melbourne from Friday 4 August (12pm) to Saturday 5 August 2017.

Register now to take advantage to secure your place.

Conference Program
A diverse and stimulating program has been developed and we are delighted to have Professor Martine Powell as our keynote speaker. Professor Powell will present ‘An overview of best practice investigative interviewing of young people’.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Powell is a Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University, and Founding Director of the Centre for Investigative Interviewing. Investigative interviewing is the process of eliciting accurate and detailed information from a person about an event or situation, in order to facilitate decision-making. Martine's particular expertise relates to the interviewing of vulnerable people such as children and adolescents, and adults with communication impairment. She has over 230 publications in the area, and has trained a diverse range of professionals, including police, lawyers, psychologists, health practitioners, teachers and social workers. Martine has worked with young people in a variety of settings, and prior to becoming an academic, she worked as a teacher and clinical psychologist in a public hospital.

This is a fantastic opportunity to update your professional knowledge, while enjoying the company of colleagues and friends.

Visit the conference website to view the program, register and book accommodation.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Scott Harden
Conference Convenor

Early Bird Registrations Reminder: Faculty of Psychotherapy Conference 2017

The Organising Committee would like to remind you that early bird registrations are now open for the Faculty of Psychotherapy Conference 2017. With the theme of ‘The Heart of the Matter: Deep listening, Dreaming and Joining the Dance’, the conference will be held from Friday 15 September to Sunday 17 September 2017 at Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru, NT.

Register now to secure your place. Early bird registrations close on Friday 21 July.


The organising committee are currently working on a dynamic and exciting program which will be released in the near future. 

A range of accommodation options are available at Ayers Rock Resort and we encourage delegates to book early in order to secure your preferred option. 

As Uluru is such a popular tourist destination, we would also encourage you to look into flight options early.  Should you require any assistance booking flights, please contact Corporate Traveller directly.

Conference Dinner

Join us for a very special evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky.  Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours.  Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapés and sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of peers for an unforgettable dining experience.  As the night sky twinkles to life, help yourself to a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients.  Settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.  Please click here to secure your place for this memorable event.

To register or more information, please visit the conference website.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ilana Nayman, Conference Convenor
Loyola Maclean, Conference Co-convenor

Registrations Open: 6th Annual Neuropsychiatry and Behavioural Neurology Conference

The Organising Committee is pleased to advise that registrations are now open for the 6th Annual Neuropsychiatry and Behavioural Neurology Conference. The conference will be held at UNSW Sydney from Friday 27 to Saturday 28 October 2017.

Register now to secure your place.

The call for abstracts is also now open. For more information, please visit the conference website. Abstract submissions close at 5pm on Tuesday 15 August 2017.
The Organising Committee would also like to advise that the conference program is now available, which is based around the theme “Clinical Neuroscience Paradigms for 21st Century Practice”.

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to have Professor Pankaj Sah, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim and Professor Ashley Bush as our keynote speakers.

Professor Pankaj Sah

Professor Sah is Director of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland (UQ). He is renowned for his work in understanding the neural circuitry of the amygdala, an area of the brain that plays a central role in learning and memory formation. Dysfunction of the amygdala leads to a host of anxiety-related disorders. His laboratory uses a combination of molecular tools, electrophysiology, anatomical reconstruction, calcium imaging and behavioural studies to examine the electrophysiological signatures of different brain regions and their impact on disease. Recently, his laboratory has been working with patients undergoing electrode implantation for deep brain stimulation, which is used to treat a variety of disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome and essential tremor. Pankaj is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Nature Partner Journal npj Science of Learning, the first journal to bring together the findings of neuroscientists, psychologists, and education researchers to understand how the brain learns.  Professor Sah will also be joined by a number of invited speakers.

 Professor Alan Mackay-Sim

2017 Australian of the Year Professor Alan Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist. His research career has focused on how the sensory neurons in the nose are replaced and regenerated from stem cells. He is a world leader in spinal cord injury research. He led the Brisbane team in a world-first clinical trial in which the patient’s own olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord in the first stages of a therapy to treat human paraplegia. Alan established the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research in 2006. He developed an adult stem cell bank from over 300 people with different neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial mutation disorders, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, ataxia telangiectasia and motor neuron disease. These stem cells are used to identify the biological bases of neurological diseases using genomics, proteomics and cell function assays and this work is leading to new drug therapies.

 Professor Ashley Bush

Professor Ashley Bush is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, based at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health. He received his MB BS and PhD from the University of Melbourne, and performed post-doctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School. He has clinical appointments in psychiatry and radiology at MGH and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. His research focuses on metals in the function and dysfunction of the brain. He has >390 publications and 29 patents, and several awards including the Potamkin Prize from the American Neurological Association, the Organon prizes from the RANZCP, and the 2014 Victoria Prize. He is currently listed in Thomson Reuters’ “World's Most Influential Scientific Minds”.


There are a wide range of accommodation options in Sydney.  Please note that there is no pre-booked accommodation options and delegates are encouraged to book early as Sydney gets busy over the weekend. 

Please register now to secure your place, or for more information, please visit the conference website.

I look forward to seeing you there.


Scientia Professor Perminder Sachdev
Clinical Director, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)
Conference Convenor

Workshops Announced: Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference 2017

The Organising Committee is pleased to advise that pre-conference workshops have been announced for the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference, which is being held from Thursday 19 October to Sunday 22 October 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia

Pre-conference Workshops

The diverse and stimulating academic program will be complemented by a range of pre-conference workshops, which have been released online – register now to secure your place.  If you have already registered for the conference, you simply need to log in to your account to add the workshops to your registration.

Dr Richard Rose (UK)
Therapeutic Life Story Work (full day workshop)

 Professor Edward Melhuish (UK)

Good Quality Education in Early Childhhod: Examination of Evidence & Discussion of how to Implement Best Practices (half day workshop)

 Dr Peter Szatmari (Canada)

Managing Co-morbid Mental Health Challenges Among Children & Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (half day workshop)


The Organising Committee would also like to remind you that early bird registrations are now open and will close on Tuesday 1 August.

One- and three-day registrations  are available as well as discounted rates for psychiatry trainees. Registration fees include the welcome reception on Thursday 19 October and a movie night (limited spaces available) on Saturday 21 October.

A certain highlight of the conference will be the conference dinner on Friday 20 October at the Adelaide Oval, one of Australia’s most iconic sporting venues.

A number of accommodation options are available and can be booked when you register.

Register now to secure your place for this exciting conference, or for more information please visit the conference website.


I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Sally Tregenza
Convenor, FCAP 2017

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RANZCP New Investigator Grants – applications now open

Applications for the 2017 New Investigator Grants are now open. 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 New Investigator Grant program is administered by the Committee for Research and provides grants of up to A$6,000 to facilitate research projects and is open generally to:

  • RANZCP Trainees
  • RANZCP Fellows in their first two years of Fellowship.

The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 31 July 2017 (AEST). Application forms and guidance notes are available on the ‘Research Grants’ section of the RANZCP website.

For further information, or to submit an application, please contact

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