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Training and Assessment Newsletter - June 2017

In this issue:

Fellowship program
Trainee Representative Committee

Fellowship program

Trainee Support Webinar series: Navigating the Psychotherapy Written Case

This June the College is presenting the fourth episode of the Trainee Support Webinar series. This series will cover most aspects and help you navigate the Training Program.

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

What: Navigating the Psychotherapy Written Case webinar

When: Friday 16 June 2017
What Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST   |   1:00pm - 2:00pm NZST - click here for time zones
Where: Online - join via your computer, tablet or phone!
Your Host: Dr Paul Cammell
Cost: Complimentary

Register Here

About the Webinar: Navigating the Psychotherapy Written Case

Join us as we discuss the Psychotherapy Written Case. 

This fourth webinar will provide participants with specifics of the Psychotherapy Written Case, including:

  • PWC requirements
  • Methodology
  • How to find a suitable patient?
  • Supervision
  • PWC submission and assessment
  • Q&A

We encourage you to attend the webinar live to ask your questions. The next episode will cover specifically the Scholarly Project, more details to come.

Looking after your wellbeing during training

The College is committed to supporting the wellbeing of its trainees and has released helpful new resources to guide trainees in staying on track and looking after themselves throughout their training journey. These include a reference guide and a three-part video series.

> Access your orientation and wellbeing resources

Module to support attainment of Risk assessment EPA

The Risk Basics module, available via Learnit, has been developed to support trainees to attain the mandatory Stage 2 General Psychiatry EPA ‘Assessment and management of risk of harm to self and others’.

The module is an interactive guide to risk in clinical psychiatry focusing on risk of suicide/self-harm and risk of violence. The module describes specific methods to assess risk and contains examples of a number of decision support tools (or risk assessment instruments).

Using a case study and interactive material, the module is designed to help trainees identify risk factors, use decision support tools and formulate risk management strategies.

Access the module via Learnit [member log-in required].

Submitting an end-of-rotation ITA form for a partially completed rotation.

In order for the College to track a trainee’s progress, an end-of-rotation ITA form must be submitted at the end of each rotation, i.e. every 6 calendar months. If a trainee interrupts their training prior to the completion of a rotation (i.e. takes a break in training), an end of-rotation ITA form must be submitted to inform the College of the progress during the time spent in the rotation and whether any accredited training time has been accrued.

Please see Leave and Interruptions to Training Policy for more details:

Consultation–Liaison Advanced Training Certificate requirement update

The training requirements for the Certificate of Advanced Training in Consultation–Liaison Psychiatry have recently been updated. The certificate requires the completion of 20 case summaries (5 cases were required per 6-month FTE clinical rotation). To allow trainees greater flexibility, 20 case summaries must be submitted by the completion of the Certificate. While it is still recommended that 5 cases are undertaken per 6-month FTE clinical rotation, this is no longer mandatory.

Trainees continue to not be required to complete case summaries while undertaking prospectively approved training in research or medical administration.

The updated training requirements can be found on the Certificate of Advanced Training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry page.

Reminder: applications for individual training trajectory adjustments

Trainees are reminded they may submit an application to the Committee for Training (CFT) to adjust their individual training trajectory due to exceptional circumstances prior to approaching the deadlines as depicted on the Trainee Progress Trajectory.

Applications can be made at any point during training and should include:

  • the reason(s) for the application
  • a plan outlining their proposed course of action to complete the Fellowship requirements
  • any other relevant information (e.g. medical certificate, references, statements showing how trainee has progressed to date)
  • correspondence from supervisors / Director of Training (DOT) / Branch Training Committee (BTC); if trainee does not want to seek DOT / BTC support, they should express their reasons in the application.

Any applications for individual consideration will be considered by the CFT on a case by case basis. Please see the Failure to Progress Policy for more details:

Reminder: EPA rules for Stage 2 adult psychiatry rotations

If a trainee elects to undertake a Stage 2 adult psychiatry rotation, they must attain any two Stage 2 adult psychiatry EPAs in the first 6 month FTE rotation. Trainees who spend more the 6 months FTE in Stage 2 adult psychiatry must undertake two adult psychiatry EPAs in their first adult psychiatry rotation, but then may select from any Stage 2 EPAs in their subsequent rotation (e.g. Indigenous, general psychiatry or psychotherapy EPAs).

A handy tips for EPA document is available on the College website.

Please contact the training team for any queries on

Updated Training Program Accreditation Standards

The RANZCP Accreditation Committee have recently reviewed and amended the Training Program Accreditation Standards.

The documents revised were:

  • Training Program Accreditation Standards
  • Rotation Accreditation Standards
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Accreditation Process FAQs

The above documents have been updated to reflect the experiences of recent accreditation visits to training programs and provide uniformity and consistency in the application of the program and rotation accreditation standards and accreditation processes.

In updating the accreditation standards, among other changes, particular attention has been given to trainee welfare and safety in the workplace.

The revised Training Program Accreditation Standards are now available on the College website.

Surveying College members

As trainees begin to think about their Scholarly Projects, the topics they are interested in pursuing and the collection of data, the idea of surveying trainees and/or Fellows may be considered by some as the easiest method to get information. However, there are some important issues to consider early on when planning a Scholarly Project.

The College is very mindful of the volume of email communication sent to members, and does not generally send surveys relating to an individual research project directly via email. The College maintains central oversight of communications and survey requests, and a trainee who wishes to survey other trainees and/or Fellows must first obtain approval from the College Executive. The application should include details of the project and purpose of the survey, BTC approval and ethics approval if appropriate, a copy of the survey and a brief message to participants together with a link.

If approved, a survey will only be distributed via inclusion in the monthly Training Newsletter, and/or Psyche depending on the targeted participants. The survey will only be distributed once regardless of the response rate. Please note you will not be approved to contact trainees or Directors of Training directly.

When planning your Scholarly Project data collection it is important to keep this in mind, as well as the low response rates that online surveys generally experience and the number of trainees undertaking Scholarly Projects. It is worth discussing with your supervisor alternative methods of gathering information such as literature searches, published reports from external organisations or data already on the College website.

If you have any queries about this process please contact

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


STP Funding

The Australian Government has advised the College that the Specialist Training Program (STP) will be funded for a further three years from 2018. For the first time, under the new agreement between the Department of Health (DOH) and the RANZCP, there is a requirement that all existing STP training posts are reviewed during the term of the funding.

The review will consider the alignment of each STP post with the aims and objectives of the Commonwealth’s STP program.

The details of the review process are being developed and it is likely that there will be input sought from:

  • health services,
  • state and territory departments of health,
  • Branch Training Committees,
  • Current trainees in STP posts
  • Trainees and Fellows who have participated in the STP over the last nine years.

Whilst this review will be a significant piece of work, it offers opportunities to increase the training available in rural and private settings and to ensure that these posts offer a high quality training experience.

For further information please contact the STP team at

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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Modified OSCE Circuit Implementation - April 2018

To ensure the ongoing sustainability of the OSCEs and to meet the demand of the increasing OSCE applications, the EC and the Board have approved the introduction of a modified OSCE circuit from April 2018 onwards. This will involve the introduction of additional Byes that will be Inactive, where candidates are not expected to undertake a task.

Please note there is no change in the number of stations that will be examined and no increase in testing time. However there will be some increase in the overall examination time.

A Communique outlining the rationale and explaining the modified OSCE circuit is now available on the College website.

The Essay-style March 2017 Examination Report is now available from the Results, timetables, fees page

The Scholarly Project February 2017 Submission Report is now available from the Results, timetables, fees page

Congress Presentations

The Essay-style, Scholarly Project and OSCE Workshop Presentations made at the 2017 RANZCP Adelaide Congress are now available from the respective Assessments - College-administered web page.

Committee for Examination correspondence

All written examination queries from trainees, SIMGs and supervisors should be directed to the Committee for Examinations, care of the Examination Secretariat.  Correspondence should be emailed as follows:

MCQ and Essay-style examination

Psychotherapy Written Case

Scholarly Project


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Trainee Representative Committee

Dear colleagues,

The new training year is moving along quickly already! 

For those of us who had the chance to attend Adelaide Congress it was a great opportunity to start the year with some networking and socialising.  We need to thank the College for our caffeinated registrar booth, which along with the speed dating event was a welcome new addition to the trainee focus at Congress.  The academic symposium, other trainee presentations and the trainee social night made it a packed few days for many of us!

In the coming weeks, you will be receiving an introductory email from your 2017-2018 Trainee Representative Committee (TRC) representative(s). The TRC are a group of trainees who form a formal committee of the RANZCP.  Our core role is representing and advocating for trainee issues.  TRC members sit in on College committees (except the College Board), where we have voting rights, to represent trainee issues and advocate for trainees.

We are comprised of:

  • Jurisdictional members: representatives which are elected by trainees within each Australian state/territory and New Zealand
  • Non-jurisdictional members: elected internally by the TRC
  • Co-opted members: co-opted by the TRC for specific portfolios

Your jurisdictional representatives for the 2017-2018 term of office are:


Dr Alexandra Dunne



Dr Melissa Renzenbrink



Dr Amro El Sholkami



Dr Sarah Brick



Dr Tony Muller



Dr Shuichi Suetani



Dr Reece Bretag-Norris



Dr Rebecca Graham – Deputy Chair



Dr Hannah Kim – Chair



Dr Izaak Lim


 And your non-jurisdictional representatives for 2017-2018;

Dr Jessica Green (VIC)      

Dr Melissa  White (QLD)

Dr Peter Huang (QLD)

We also have a co-opted representative

    Dr Judy Clark (NSW)

The team had a productive face to face meeting to start our term prior to Adelaide Congress.  At this meeting, we outlined our focus for the year ahead which will be on RANZCP training program (education) and processes such as governance and how we communicate.  One of our big projects this year is working with other College committees to develop a report for the upcoming five-yearly Australian Medical Council (AMC) review of the RANZCP.  We want to include broader trainee feedback into this report which will primarily be through the independent trainee associations or APT’s.

The TRC would like to again acknowledge the sad passing of two previous members: Dr John Corish and Dr Husaini Hafiz; and thank our outgoing members for all their hard work.  The new executive team would like to thank Dr Jan-Paul Kwasik for his leadership in 2016-2017.

We look forward to hearing from you over the next 12 months as we work on your behalf.  Please contact your local TRC representatives if you have feedback about the training program, the TRC’s work, and how the TRC can better serve you. If you are interested in getting involved with the TRC, please get in touch with your local representative; we always have projects that you could contribute to.  We will also be advertising for a non-jurisdictional position and co-opted position shortly, so please keep an eye out.

Warm regards,

Dr Hannah Kim (TRC Chair) and Dr Rebecca Graham (TRC Deputy Chair)

For more information/updates please see:

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Registration Reminder & Keynote Speaker Announced: RANZCP Section of Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Conference 2017

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

Early bird registrations are now open. Register now to take advantage of discounted registration fees, which are available until Friday 16 June.

Keynote Speaker
The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that Professor Martine Powell has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference.  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 submit an abstract, register and book accommodation.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Scott Harden
Conference Convenor

Early Bird Registrations & Call for Abstracts Open: Faculty of Psychotherapy Conference 2017

The Organising Committee is pleased to advise 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 call for abstracts is also now open. For more information, please visit the conference website. Abstract submissions close on Friday 30 June 2017. 

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

Early Bird Registrations: Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference 2017

The Organising Committee would like to remind you that early bird registrations are now open 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

Early bird registrations 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.

We are delighted to have as our international keynote speakers, Dr Richard Rose (UK), Professor Edward Melhuish (UK) and Dr Peter Szatmari (Canada). A diverse and stimulating academic program will be complemented by a range of full- and half-day pre-conference workshops.  The workshops will be confirmed once the program has been announced.  Please submit your interest here to be advised once registrations for the workshops are open.

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

Save the Date: Section of Neuropsychiatry Conference 2017

Dear Colleague,

The Organising Committee is pleased to advise that the Section of Neuropsychiatry Conference 2017 will be held in Sydney from Friday 27 October to Saturday 28 October 2017.

We are delighted to have Professor Pankaj Sah as our keynote speaker. 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.

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

To express your interest, or for more information, please email the conference office

I look forward to seeing you there.

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

Save the Date: Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Conference 2017

The Conference Organising Committee would like to remind you that the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Conference 2017 will be held at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown, New Zealand from Thursday 9 November to Friday 10 November, with the Advanced Trainee day on Saturday 11 November. This year’s conference will be held in association with the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and Pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday 8 November.

The organising committee is currently working on a dynamic and exciting program based around the theme “Capacity, Creativity and Ageing in Clinical Practice” which will be released in June. 
Registrations will also open in June.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Robin Jacoby, Professor Henry Brodaty and Professor Roger Mulder as our keynote speakers, who are well known as erudite researchers, teachers and leaders.
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 hiking and biking trails, guided tours, boat cruises, scenic flights or spa and wellness centres to make the most of your time in the region.

For 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

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