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Training and Assessment Newsletter - March 2018

In this issue:


Fellowship program
Exams
Trainee Representative Committee
Conferences

Fellowship program

2017 Training and Assessment update – now available online

The College has collated the most recent data on training numbers, assessments, CPD participation, specialist pathways and workforce numbers. This data is for the calendar year of 2017.

It is published on the College website http://www.ranzcp.org/Publications/Education-publications-and-reports

In summary:

  • the College has 1474 trainees across Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3
  • pass rates for all assessments in 2017 are provided and continue to improve

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Exams

February 2018 Essay-style and April 2018 OSCE Candidates

To facilitate successful delivery of assessment outcomes, candidates must ensure that their email address on the College database is current and they can securely receive emails.

Volunteer Exam Assistants required - Sydney OSCE - Sat. 14/4/2018 - Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital & Royal Hospital for Women

The Committee for Examinations would like to invite local trainees and SIMGs to assist with the running of the OSCE examination.  The April 2018 OSCE Examination is to be held in Sydney on Saturday, 14 April 2018.  Your attendance at the examination venue would be required from 7:00am to 6:30pm.  The examination will be held at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women.

Exam assistants play a pivotal part in the smooth running of this event.  This is an excellent opportunity for future candidates to improve their chances of success by seeing the examination process in action.

A training webinar will be conducted on Friday afternoon, 13 April 2018 at 3:00pm.  Your help will be very much appreciated by the College and your colleagues who will be sitting these examinations.

If you are interested, please contact the Exams Department at clinicals@ranzcp.org

Modified OSCE Circuit Implementation - April 2018

To ensure the ongoing sustainability of the OSCEs and 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.

Candidates are directed to a Communiqué outlining the rationale and explaining the modified OSCE circuit.

April 2018 OSCE

Trainees and SIMGs are advised to familiarise themselves with the recently updated OSCE Regulations, Policies and Procedures v3.0, prior to their sitting the OSCE.

  • To accommodate the increasing number of candidates sitting the OSCE, the format of the OSCE has been changed to include 2 bye stations in short circuit and 2 bye stations in long circuit.
     
  • Examiners are not excluded from examining on the basis of having supervised a candidate, unless the supervision has occurred within the past six months or there has been a significantly problematic relationship. Therefore, candidates may encounter an examiner who has been a previous supervisor.
     
  • There is to be no communication between examiners and candidates in relation to the examination or results before or after the examination. As with any breach of this policy, a violation of these rules will be reviewed and potentially escalated by the Committee for Examinations in line with the Examination Incident Report and Breach Review Policy.
     
  • The interior of the examination venue will be off limits to all candidates from midday the day prior to the examination.  College staff will be setting up the venue during this time and any candidate presence will be considered an ethical breach.
     
  • Candidates will not be able to wear watches (both analogue and digital) into the examination. As per clause 11.6 Permitted Items, pens, clipboard, personal timer if desired (timers must not contain recording or any electronic communication features; therefore, mobile phones or watches of any kind cannot be used as timers) and stethoscope if desired (however, all necessary equipment will be provided).

    Please be advised, that the College is unable to provide individual candidates with timers.

Candidates undertaking the April 2018 OSCE are not to bring their travel luggage with them to the examination site.  One small handbag/document satchel will only be accepted for storage by examination staff, and personal belongings should be kept to a minimum. Please note that local security protocols will prohibit any baggage being left unattended.

Whilst the College aims to start the examination on time, there are instances where it can be delayed.  For candidates who are travelling / flying, we ask that they do not book flights immediately following the examination.  We highly recommend that you book domestic flights at least 3 hours after the scheduled conclusion of the examination.  You should also take into consideration traffic conditions and travel distance to the airport.  

The College regrets any inconvenience these arrangements may cause, but thanks candidates in advance for their cooperation. Please contact the exams department at clinicals@ranzcp.org if you have any further questions.

Candidates are reminded that should their performance be seriously affected by illness, injury or other personal circumstances, they should consider withdrawing from the examination.

OSCE Attire

The Committee for Examinations recommends that candidates presenting at the examinations, wear comfortable modest clothing and footwear but still be professionally presented.  Candidate attire should not restrict movement and their attire should allow them to move swiftly and freely across stations as well as within a station.

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Trainee Representative Committee

Congress 2018 Guide for Trainees

Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau is playing host to this year’s Congress under the theme Partnerships in mental health/Ngā hononga ō te hauora hinengaro. 

Trainees attending Congress should be well aware of the invaluable pre-Congress workshops on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of May, covering approaches to the Essay Style Examination, Psychotherapy Written Case, Scholarly Project and OSCE. The program for Congress is many and varied, however there will be presentations involving fellow Trainees.

Program highlights include:

  • ‘Partnerships with Peers’: The Development of the 2017 Trainee Report for the Australian Medical Council Review of the RANZCP by Rebecca Graham & Melissa Renzenbrink
  • Building Partnerships in Academic Psychiatry: A Guide for New Investigators and the Scholarly Project by Shuichi Suetani, Scott Clark, Steve Kisely Stephen Parker, Anthony Harris & Dan Siskind
  • Power, Paranoia and Partnership by Hannah Kim, Tony Muller, Izaak Lim, Sarah Brick & Shuichi Suetani

The Trainee Representative Committee will also host a scheduled ‘Meet the TRC’ session where Trainees can informally meet TRC members, ask questions and learn more about the TRC’s work – and perhaps even become inspired to nominate for the TRC next year! The TRC academic symposium ‘Power, Paranoia and Partnership will be held on Tuesday 15 May, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm.

If the high-value educational and academic content of Congress gets overwhelming, there’s a Registrar Zone for Trainees to congregate and chat. And best of all, there’ll be a coffee machine for you to recharge and re-caffeinate!

For those interested in networking, or seeking slightly less-serious Congress activities, then the ‘Speed Dating’ event might be for you. This proved a success at last year’s Congress and offers an opportunity for Trainees to interact and network with consultants in a light-hearted way. Registration is required.

If you’re itching to let your hair down, you should head along to the Registrar Social Function on Tuesday evening from 6.30 pm. This offers Trainees the opportunity to have fun in a relaxed environment, with food and refreshments available. Tickets will go on sale soon – keep an eye on your inbox and be sure to join our Congress WhatsApp and Facebook groups.

If you want to sample some of Auckland’s attractions, then for a start, the Congress venue is literally next door to Auckland’s famous (or infamous) Sky Tower, affording excellent views of the entire city and picturesque Hauraki Gulf. Acrophobics can conquer their fear with a SkyJump from the top!

If you have more time to spare, a short ferry ride to Waiheke Island is always a highlight with its stunning beaches and vineyards. Auckland has many other great beaches including the iconic Piha Beach, and attractions such as the Auckland Museum and Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium are close to the city centre.

See you at Congress!

Tony Muller                             Cameron Cole

NZ Representative, TRC        Co-Opted TRC Member

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Conferences

Save the date & call for abstracts: RANZCP Faculty of Psychotherapy Conference 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Faculty of Psychotherapy is delighted to present their 2018 Conference, ‘Rediscovering Psychotherapy: the Long and the Short of it’.  This exciting event will be held at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide, from Friday 24 August to Sunday August 2018.

The call for abstracts is also now open. Abstract submissions close on Friday 6 April 2018.

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that two international speakers have been confirmed for this conference; Dr Eve Caligor, USA and Professor Else Guthrie (UK).

Also, the Organising Committee is currently working on a dynamic and exciting program which will be released in the coming months.

To submit an abstract or more information please visit the conference website, or to register your interest please email events@ranzcp.org.

 I look forward to seeing you there.

 Loyola Maclean, Conference Convenor

Save the date: Section of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation Conference 2018

The Organising Committee is pleased to advise that the Section of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation Conference will be held at the Yarra Valley Lodge, Victoria from Friday 17 August to Sunday 19 August 2018.

We are delighted to announce Dr Sarah H. Lisanby (USA) and Dr Mark George (USA) as our International Keynote Speakers.

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

Registrations will also open shortly.

To express your interest, please email the conference office events@ranzcp.org

I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Alan Weiss, Conference Convenor

Save the date & call for abstracts: RANZCP Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is delighted to present its 2018 conference, ‘Metamorphosis: transitions and opportunities in child and adolescent mental health’. This exciting event will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 October 2018.

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that three keynote speakers have been confirmed for this conference: Professor Dr Hans-Christoph Steinhausen (Switzerland), Associate Professor James Swain (USA) and Professor Ron Rapee (Australia).

The call for abstracts is now open. Abstract submissions close on Friday 25 May 2018.

The Organising Committee is seeking papers that are clinically relevant to psychiatrists, paediatricians and other mental health professionals in the area of infant, child, adolescent and youth mental health.

Advanced trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry presenting at the conference will also be in the running to receive the Connell Werry Prize. The prize, awarded for the most outstanding paper or poster by an advanced trainee in child and adolescent psychiatry, honours Dr John Werry and Dr Helen Connell, who were pioneers in the field in New Zealand and Australia.

Abstract submissions for the conference may follow the following themes:

  • Development and public health
  • Growing psychiatrists
  • Indigenous mental health
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders, disability and neurobiology
  • Perinatal and infant mental health
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Trauma and therapy
  • Other

The Organising Committee is currently working on a dynamic and exciting program which will be released in the coming months. 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. 

Registrations will also open in the coming months. Please submit your interest here to be advised once registrations are open.

To submit an abstract or for more information, please visit the conference website.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Lynn Jones, Conference Convenor

Save the date & call for abstracts: RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the Asian Society Against Dementia Conference 2018

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the combined Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the Asian Society Against Dementia Conference 2018 will be held at Crown Promenade, Melbourne, Australia, from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 November 2018.

The theme of the conference is ‘Ageing in the Asian century: new answers to old questions’ and will bring together renowned speakers from all over the world, which will give delegates the opportunity to share information and knowledge with experts in the area of dementia and aged mental health. There will be streams focusing on Dementia, Aged Mental Health and Basic Science, which will appeal to a wide range of practitioners working in the area of mental health and aged care.

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday 7 November and an Advanced Trainee Day will run concurrently with the conference on Saturday 10 November.

The call for abstracts is now open. Abstract submissions close on Monday 23 April 2018.

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the following keynote speakers have been confirmed to present at the conference:

  • Professor John O’Brien (United Kingdom)
  • Professor Guk-Hee Suh (South Korea)
  • Dr Juan (Helen) Zhou (Singapore)
  • Professor Ngaire Kerse (New Zealand)
  • Professor Osvaldo Almeida (Australia)
  • Professor Brian Draper (Australia)

Also, the Organising Committee is currently working on a dynamic and exciting program which will be released in the coming months.

Registrations will open in mid-April. Please click here to express your interest.

To submit an abstract or for more information please visit the conference website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne.

Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, Chair, Organising Committee
Associate Professor Stephen Macfarlane, Scientific Program Chair

International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry 20th Annual Conference

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Section of History, Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry is pleased to announce their appointment as host of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry 20th Annual Conference, which is being held in South East Asia for the first time this year.

The conference will take place at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, Hong Kong from Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 October 2018 and the theme is History Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry: The State of Play in the 21st Century.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues, update your professional knowledge and experience all that Hong Kong has to offer.

We are delighted to announce our international keynote and invited speakers:

Professor Michael First

Biography: Michael B. First MD, is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, a Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and maintains a schematherapy and psychopharmacology practice in Manhattan, Dr First is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on psychiatric diagnosis and assessment issues and has conducted expert forensic psychiatric evaluations in both civil and criminal matters, including the 2006 trial of the 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.

Dr Georg Northoff

Biography: Georg Northoff is a philosopher, neuroscientist and psychiatrist, holding degrees in all three disciplines. Originally from Germany, he now works in Ottawa, Canada where he researches the relationship between the brain and mind in its various facets focusing on the neural and biochemical mechanisms related to higher-order mental functions like consciousness and self in both healthy subjects and psychiatric disorders like depression and schizophrenia. He is one of the leading figures in linking philosophy and neuroscience in a non-reductive way and author of 280 journal articles, 50 book chapters and 15 books including the recently released Neuro-philosophy and the Healthy Mind 2016 Norton Publishing, New York.

Venerable Sik Hin Hung

Topic: Buddhist philosophy, neuroscience and mental health 

Professor Eric Chen

Topic: Phenomenology of empathy - a clinician's perspective

Associate Professor Michael Wong

Topic: Giving a voice to patients and carers - hermeneutics and the whole person discourse

Dr Josephine Wong

Topic: Ethical controversies and dilemmas in psychiatric practice

 

Abstract submissions are now open - the Scientific Committee invites you to submit an abstract for symposium, oral or poster.

Abstract submissions will close at 5pm AEDT on Friday 29 June 2018.

 

Register now https://www.ranzcp.org/Publications/Events/Inpp-2018/About-the-event at the early-bird rate, which is available until 2 July 2018.

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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.