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Training and Assessment Newsletter - February 2018

In this issue:

Fellowship program
Trainee Representative Committee

Fellowship program

2018 Training Fee Invoice - Reminder

Training fee invoices for the 2018 training year were sent out the week commencing 11 December 2017. This year the College introduced online billing and invoices were sent via email to all trainees undertaking training for the 2018 training year. This replaced paper-based invoices.

Trainees who opted out of online communication with the College will have received a paper-based invoice in the mail with payment options available.

Trainees are reminded that payment is due by 31 March 2018. If you have not received your 2018 Training fee invoice via email please contact Michelle Stenborg at -

If you wish to pay your 2018 training fees by two instalments the first due at the end of March and the second in July, please complete the Instalment Payment application form available here.

Should you need to update your contact details with the College including your email address, you are able to update your details by logging into My RANZCP.

Resources available to trainees

The RANZCP has available a number of resources for all trainees on Learnit [member log-in required], including a series of webinars released in 2017. 

In particular that ‘Making the most of Stage 1’ webinar is available on Learnit  which would be of benefit to new trainees. It covers specifics of Stage 1 and real-life trainees’ experiences of the training program, including:

  • Stage 1 requirements
  • Helpful hints
  • 5 real-life trainees’ experiences interviews
  • Where to find support?
  • Q&A

Further information on modules and webinars available can be found on the Learnit website.

The RANZCP also has a list of recommended texts/useful resources for all trainees, located here

Prospective adjustments of individual training trajectory

Trainees 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 the 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:

Please contact the Trainee Trajectory Coordinator at for any assistance or queries about the trajectory or the Failure to Progress Policy.

Updated mid-rotation ITA forms

The WBAs and EPAs section of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 mid-rotation ITA forms has been updated to assist trainees with planning the EPAs they aim to achieve in the current rotation. The updated mid-rotation ITA forms are available for use now. The EPA handy tips [PDF; 155 KB] provides clear EPA rules at a glance. Detailed information is available in the Training chapter of the Regulations, Policies and Procedures: Please contact the training team for enquiries

2012 Fellowship Program Evaluation

The 2012 Fellowship Program Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Evaluation was completed in December 2017 for both trainees and supervisors. To boost response rates, incentives such as the chance to win an Apple iPad Pro was offered. Congratulations to the below winners:

Trainee – Dr Claire McAllister

Supervisor – Dr Nick De Felice

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Scholarly Project 2017 Annual Report

The Scholarly Project Annual Report for 2017 is available on the College website under the Post-examination reports section of the Assessments – College administered, Results, timetables, fees page.  It provides you with a review of submissions for 2017 and highlights some of the deficits in submissions. It is hoped that this will assist trainees who have yet to submit their Scholarly Project.

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Trainee Representative Committee

A first-year trainee’s TRC experience

Welcome back to another year of psychiatry training. And a very special welcome to all the new psychiatry registrars who have chosen to embark upon a fulfilling and satisfying career in psychiatry!

If I can impart one message of advice to trainees, it would be to make the most of your five years of psychiatry training. Everyone's journey and experience will be different; I hope you make yours richer and have many memorable, life-learning lessons within psychiatry training, and outside of psychiatry too!

I feel very fortunate of my opportunity as a member of the TRC during my first year of psychiatry training. It’s been a privilege to represent fellow trainees who are on my same journey, navigating the hurdles and requirements of the College. (Read the August 2017 Training and Assessment Newsletter to find out more about what this entails).

Yes, there are regular engagements and obligations required of being a TRC member, and you may have to negotiate with your service or employer to be offline from work duties for short periods, but these are usually of minimal disruption. My time with the TRC has been enjoyable and rewarding, and has allowed me to take a broader view of psychiatry training, with an insight to all the governance requirements that ensure a satisfactory training program for us all. The TRC has allowed me a window into things I never knew about, and has also allowed a direct, personal connection to many wise trainees from different areas across Australia and New Zealand. Working with the TRC has brought to my attention the many issues facing psychiatry trainees, and welfare issues existing across many disciplines. There are many positive gains from my time with the TRC; all free, but requiring just a little bit of my own time and effort.

I urge those of you who want to get involved – if you feel you’d like to make your psychiatry training a little richer or that you have skills to contribute – to really consider putting your hand up to volunteer as a member of the TRC.

If you aren’t sure about joining the TRC in a formal capacity or if you aren’t elected straight away, please keep in touch with your jurisdictional members or directly with the TRC Chair as there are many opportunities within the College lacking interested trainees. Please also consider applying in subsequent years or seek other ways to get involved in the College. Don’t leave it until your final years of training as you may regret not having joined earlier. First and second years are especially needed as this group remains underrepresented.

If you have any questions please email your TRC representative. Further information and contact details can be found under the TRC section of the RANZCP website.

And with all this in mind, I must reiterate; make the most of your psychiatry training! And definitely consider nominating for a Trainee Representative Committee position – the rewards will greatly enhance your psychiatry training experience.

Peter Huang
(non-jurisdictional TRC member)

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Section of Youth Mental Health Conference 2018

The Organising Committee would like to remind you that the Section of Youth Mental Health Conference 2018 is just around the corner.  With the theme 'Overcoming clinical challenges: improving the mental health of youth', the conference will be held from Friday 9 to Saturday 10 March 2018 at the RACV Noosa Resort on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Register today to secure your place for this exciting event.

The conference program can also be viewed on the conference website.

We are delighted to have Dr Paul Denborough as our keynote speaker. Dr Denborough is a youth psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Alfred Child & Youth Mental Health Service and South East Melbourne Headspace.

Dr Denborough will 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.

To check accommodation availability at the RACV Noosa Resort please
click here.  Noosa also features a wide range of other accommodation options which delegates may choose to book directly.

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

I look forward to seeing you there.

Associate Professor James Scott, Conference Convenor

International Medical Symposium 2018

The Conference Organising Group would like to remind you that the International Medical Symposium 2018, 'Mauri ora: connecting health professionals’ wellbeing and quality care', is fast approaching and will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, on Friday 9 March 2018.

Register today to secure your place for this unique event.

Hosted by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the symposium will bring together an international array of health professionals to discuss the current landscape of health professionals’ wellbeing, and how this relates to providing quality care to our communities.

The conference will feature keynote addresses exploring the current health and wellbeing landscape for doctors throughout their professional lifespan, from:

Dr Paul Dagg (Canada)
Dr Kym Jenkins (Australia)
Dr Fiona Moir (New Zealand)
A/Prof Chanaka Wijeratne (Australia)

In addition, the conference will include a panel of symposium speakers examining successful interventions and initiatives. Delegates will be invited to participate in table discussions on the major challenges for doctors’ health and wellbeing and suggest possible solutions. The day will end with an interactive session where real-life scenarios will be presented for examination from different viewpoints by panelists and delegates.

View the conference program here.

The International Medical Symposium 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for delegates to benefit from the perspective of other specialists on issues common to all areas of medicine. We hope to see you in Sydney for what promises to be a stimulating and thought-provoking event.

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

Section of Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Conference 2018

The Organising Committee is pleased to advise that the Section of Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Conference will be held at Rydges South Bank Brisbane from Friday 13 July to Sunday 15 July 2018.

We are delighted to have Dr Ernest Gralton as our International Keynote Speaker.

Dr Gralton graduated from UNSW in 1986 and started psychiatric training in the Illawarra in 1989. In 1992 he was given the opportunity to spend a year on the Oxford training rotation, however after unwisely accepting an offer to play in a rugby game, fractured his tibia and remained in the UK. After a locum at the Maudsley he completed his higher training in the South West of England in Lifespan Learning Disability and Forensic Psychiatry and was appointed as a Consultant in 2000 specialising in Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities requiring secure care at St Andrew's Hospital Northampton, a charitable provider of services to the NHS. He has at various times been a Lead Doctor, a Clinical Director and an Associate Medical Director within the Charity. He has also held the post of Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He edited Forensic Issues in Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities and has contributed to the latest edition of Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr Gralton will also be joined by an array of compelling interstate and local speakers.

The Organising Committee is 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 Rydges South Bank Brisbane and details will be announced once registrations are open. As Brisbane is a popular 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.

Dr Scott Harden
Conference Convenor

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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.