Contact us
Keep me logged in
(Don't check this box if you're on a shared computer - learn more)
Forgotten Username / Password?

Training and Assessment Newsletter - November 2017

In this issue:

Fellowship program

Fellowship program

Update: Observed Clinical Activity (OCA) Formulation Guidelines

The RANZCP has made available to trainees a guideline to preparing a formulation which is required as part of the Observed Clinical Activity (OCA). While this guideline is a resource for the OCA WBA, it may also assist trainees in other elements of their training including assessments.

The OCA formulation guideline has been approved by the Education Committee and Committee for Training. The OCA formulation guideline [PDF; 93 KB] can be accessed from the Workplace Based Assessments page.

For more details on the requirements of the OCA, please consult the OCA protocol [PDF; 115 KB].

Certificates of Advanced Training

The RANZCP offers seven Certificates of Advanced Training enabling trainees and Fellows to extend their training in a specified area of practice.

Trainees undertaking a Certificate of Advanced Training program and Stage 3 of the Fellowship Program concurrently must follow the requirements for both programs.

In order to be eligible to enter Certificates of Advanced Training, trainees must have:

  • completed all training requirements of Stage 2
  • passed the MCQ Exam
  • ​participated in an interview with the relevant Director of Advanced Training (DOAT) or their delegate (where progression in other assessments can be considered, e.g. Essay-style Exam, Psychotherapy Written Case, OSCE, Scholarly Project)
  • been formally selected to the Certificate of Advanced Training.

To be eligible to enter Certificate of Advanced Training in Forensic Psychiatry, trainees would also need to have passed one other written assessment (e.g. Essay-style Exam, Psychotherapy Written Case, Scholarly Project).

To be eligible to enter Certificate of Advanced Training in the Psychotherapies, trainees would also be required to have passed the Psychotherapy Written Case.

Details of the selection criteria and application form could be found on the Certificates of Advanced Training page. 

2018 Training Fee Invoices

Training fee invoices for the 2018 training year are scheduled to be sent out early to mid-December. As part of the RANZCP's move towards online communication, this year the College is introducing online billing and invoices will be sent via email to all trainees undertaking training for the 2018 training year. This will replace paper-based invoices.

Trainees are reminded that they are able to update their contact details, including their email address, with the College by logging into the My RANZCP at  

Please note: Trainees who have opted out of online communication with the College, will continue to receive a paper-based invoice in the mail.   

Return to top .


Online delivery of the Essay examination

The College has received a number of enquiries regarding online delivery of the Essay-style Exam in 2018. Prior to online delivery of the Essay-style Exam, the Committee for Examinations and the College need to be fully assured of the rigour of technical processes involved in the delivery, handling, and marking of the examination.

The College continues to work with its examination vendor in developing and testing such processes. At the current time, the Committee is not satisfied that the examination vendor can supply services that meet the College’s requirements.

For this reason a pilot of the online delivery of the Essay-style Exam has been deferred. It is hoped that this will occur for the August 2018 examination. The College will ensure that prior to trialling the online delivery of examination, candidates will be notified about it in a timely manner.

Hence, the Essay-style Exam will be a paper-based examination for all candidates sitting in February 2018.

Meanwhile candidates are encouraged to practice their keyboard skills for speed and accuracy, if they are planning to take the Essay-style Exam after the second half of 2018.

Examination Timetable

The 2018 Examination Timetable, 2018 Exam and Assessment Fee Schedule and 2018 Examination Cancellation and Refund Schedule are now available from the Results, timetables, fees page of the College website.

Future candidates are requested to take note of the revised examination dates for and Essay-style Exam and MCQ Exam.  They are now 14 February 2018 (Essay-style Exam) and 16 February 2018 (MCQ Exam).

Examination application forms

Application forms to sit the MCQ Exam, Essay-style Exam and OSCE summative assessments are now available from their respective pages on the College website.

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 Education Committee 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 Communiqué [PDF; 99 KB] outlining the rationale and explaining the modified OSCE circuit is now available on the OSCE page.

2017 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 pages .

The Guide to the Critical Essay Question module is now live in Learnit

A Guide to the Critical Essay Question e-module is available on Learnit [member log-in required].

The aim of this module is to assist you in preparing for the Critical Essay Question (CEQ) part of the Essay-style Exam by improving your understanding of what is expected. The module will:

  • Present the concept of the CEQ
  • Explain the scoring system
  • Offer samples of the CEQ to comment on
  • Compare with examiner’s comments
  • Supply tools & methods to formulate your approach to the CEQ
  • Review previous CEQ examples
  • Offer resources to assist you in your CEQ response

It is recommended that you work through all the material to better understand how to approach and answer the Critical Essay Question.

Duration: 60 min.

Return to top .


Save the Date: Section for Youth Mental Health Conference 2018

The Organising Committee is pleased to advise that the Section of Youth Mental Health Conference 2018, ‘Overcoming Clinical Challenges: Improving the Mental Health of Youth’, will be held at RACV Noosa Resort on the Sunshine Coast from Friday 9 to Saturday 10 March 2018.

We are delighted to have Dr Paul Denborough as our Keynote Speaker. Dr Denborough is a Youth Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Alfred Child and Youth Mental Health service and South East Melbourne Headspace.

Dr Denborough will also be joined by an array of compelling interstate and local speakers including Dr Jackie Curtis, Dr Megan Kalucy, Associate Professor Dan Siskind, Dr Sharon Foley, Dr Hugh Morgan, Dr Lisa Juckes, Associate Professor Daniel Johnson, Dr Scott Harden, Dr Cathy Franklin, Dr Jennifer Harrison, Dr Anne Maree Bickerton and Dr Elizabeth Mackenzie.

The Organising Committee are currently working on a dynamic and exciting program which will be released shortly. 

Registrations will also open shortly.

A range of accommodation options will be available at the RACV Noosa Resort and details will be announced once registrations are open. As Noosa is a popular tourist destination, we encourage delegates to look into flight options early to secure preferred options.

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

I look forward to seeing you there.

Associate Professor James Scott, Conference Convenor

International Medical Symposium, Sydney 9 March 2018

The RANZCP is hosting, in collaboration with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) the 2018 annual International Medical Symposium in Sydney on 9 March 2018.

Further details of themes and speakers will be released soon; in the meantime please mark this date in your diary.

Please visit the International Medical Symposium 2018 for more information.

Return to top .

Confidential advice is available to all members of the RANZCP. Call the Member Welfare Support Line on 1800 941 002 (AUS) or 0800 220 784 (NZ) for support on any issue that affects your physical or mental wellbeing. Please be aware that this service operates between 8.30am – 5pm AEST Monday–Friday (or call out of hours and leave a message to receive a call-back).

The RANZCP acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, and pays respect to Elders past, present and future.

The RANZCP Committee for Training wishes to acknowledge the lived experience of mental health difficulty amid our trainees, affiliates and Fellows, their families and friends. We recognise the immense insight this provides us in our capacity to care for others, while also asking for vigilance and thoughtful recognition of our own humanity, and the need at times to ask for assistance.