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Training and Assessment Newsletter - September 2016

In this issue:

Fellowship program
Trainee Representative Committee

Fellowship program

2003 Psychological Methods Case History resubmission countdown: 1 to go

Trainees who have submitted and were not successful in the 2003 Psychological Methods Case History before transitioning are able to resubmit the Psychological Methods Case History under the 2003 Regulations throughout 2016 (after transition has taken place).

Please remember that there is only one resubmission date left for the 2003 Psychological Methods Case History, the 18 November 2016.

Trainees who are eligible to re-submit and do not PASS the 2003 Psychological Methods Case by the 18 November 2016 submission are required to successfully complete the 2012 Psychotherapy Written Case. A PASS of the 2003 Psychological Methods Case will result in gaining exemption from the 2012 Psychotherapy Written Case.

For any queries regarding transition, please contact For any queries regarding the 2003 Psychological Methods Case History or the 2012 Psychotherapy Written Case please contact

Targeted Learning forms

The three Remediation forms (Commencement, Satisfactory Progress and Completion) has been revised to reflect the new Targeted Learning terminology and reformatted to provide clearer guidance to when they are required to be submitted. The new forms can be filled out on screen or printed and filled out by hand.

Addiction Certificate written case history submission form available

A written case history submission form is now available on the Certificate of Advanced Training in Addiction Psychiatry for trainees and Fellows to use when submitting their written case history. The addiction psychiatry written case history mark sheet is also available for reference.

Reformatted OCA form

The Observed Clinical Activity (OCA) form has been reformatted and converted to a fillable PDF forms to improve ease of use. Please note, the information on the new form remains unchanged; only the layout has been modified. The new form can be filled out on screen or printed and filled out by hand.

Guide to psychotherapy training available

A Guide to psychotherapy training, written by Dr Paul Cammell, Chair of SATPsy, has been made available on the website to assist trainees in understanding the psychotherapy training requirements of the Fellowship Program. It can be found on the training program documents page.

New Scholarly Project proposal forms available

The Scholarly Project proposal form has been revised to assist both trainees and BTCs. There are now five separate proposal forms with more specific details required to match the different project options (clinical audit, literature review, etc.). 

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Electronic Delivery of Candidate Results

In response to trainee representations, the Education Committee in conjunction with the Committee for Examinations, has agreed to trial the distribution of result letters via email.

Candidates will still be required to log into the College website to obtain their result on the scheduled result release date.

The initial trial will occur with the August 2016 MCQ results.  It is anticipated that candidate results will be electronically delivered in the week following the release of results on the College website. The result release date for MCQ exams is Monday, 19 September 2016 at 5.00 pm.

DOTs will also receive candidate result letters via email.

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

Please note MCQ result letters will not be sent via post.

Following a review of the trial for the MCQ result distribution, the electronic delivery of results will be extended to OSCEs and the Essay style examination.

Please note that no results will be given over the telephone.

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Trainee Representative Committee

Trainee involvement at RANZCP 2017 Congress

The TRC would like to encourage registrars to present at the College Congress in Adelaide 2017. The Scientific Program Committee has recently announced the Call for Abstract Submissions for RANZCP 2017 Congress Program is now live.

Abstracts are invited for pre-Congress workshops, rapid fire presentations, oral presentations, combined symposium presentation, panel presentations, Psychiatry Interest Forum member presentation and E-poster presentations. The RANZCP 2017 Congress will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Sunday 30 April to Thursday 4 May 2017.

Click here for all of the information and to submit your abstract for consideration in the 2017 Congress program.

Call for pre-Congress workshop abstracts close on Friday 9 September 2016 and all other abstract submissions close on Friday 21 October 2016.

Lodgement of Training paperwork

The TRC would like to remind registrars to follow up with your local administrative staff to ensure that they have received and are processing all your paperwork, including In-Training Assessment forms (ITAs) and Confirmation of Entrustment Forms (COEs), so that they are lodged on time to the College.

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2016 Travelling Professor to visit Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Christchurch

The itinerary for this year's Travelling Professorship program has now been released. Professor Lars Vedel Kessing will visit Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Christchurch throughout September and October.

Professor Lars Vedel Kessing, MD, DMSc, professor in psychiatry was appointed professor in psychiatry at the Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, and the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences in 2002. His scientific contributions are within clinical, epidemiological including register-based, genetic and neurobiological research in bipolar and unipolar affective disorders. In 2004 he established the Copenhagen Mood disorder clinic in the Capital Region of Denmark, for which he is the External Director. He was the President of the Danish Society for Affective Disorders from its founding in 2009 until 2014.

Professor Kessing is the author of more than 260 peer reviewed scientific papers on affective disorders and he has received a number of scientific prizes, including the US National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD) Bipolar Mood Disorder Prize for “Outstanding achievement in bipolar mood disorder research”.

If you’d like to attend any of the sessions or for more information on the Travelling Professor program please contact Shu Saha at or call +61 (0)3 9601 4987. Professor Lars Vedel Kessing's itinerary is:


  • Course and cognitive outcome in major affective disorders - 27 September
  • Early intervention in BAD - 27 September
  • Lithium: why, when and for whom? - 28 September


  • Early intervention in Bipolar Disorder - 30 September
  • Lithium and chronic kidney disease – how dangerous is it? - 30 September


  • Lithium: why, when and for whom? - 3 October
  • Smartphones – a shift in paradigm of diagnosing and treating mental disorders - 4 October
  • Does lithium in drinking water protect against suicide – new nationwide data from Denmark - 4 October


  • Course and cognitive outcome in major affective disorders - 8 October
  • Lithium: why, when and for whom? - 8 October


  • Early intervention in Bipolar Disorder - 11 October
  • Early intervention in Bipolar Disorder - 12 October
  • Lithium why ,when and for whom - 12 October
  • Bipolar disorder and the risk of dementia - 13 October

New modules now available on CPD Online

1. Module -  Diagnosing bipolar depression

Mania is the hallmark of bipolar disorder, yet depression is the predominant clinical state and the one most responsible for the high morbidity and mortality associated with this condition. 

The diagnosis of bipolar depression, though seemingly straightforward, can become a challenging task in the absence of a previous history of mania. Differentiating bipolar from unipolar depression is essential in order to make the correct choice of drug treatment. (The pharmacological treatment of bipolar depression will be covered in Part 2 of this module, which is currently in production.)

In this module you will learn how to recognise bipolarity in patients presenting in a depressed state. Evidence-based information, where available, and practical advice will be given on how to carry out an informed examination and avoid any pitfalls in reaching the correct diagnosis.

Access the podcast via RANZCP’s CPD online [member log-in required].

RANZCP CPD Online provides College members with interactive learning modules covering a range of topics relevant to the practice of psychiatry. Should you wish to provide any feedback about CPD modules, feel free to email

2. Module - Hoarding disorder: symptoms, diagnosis and management

Although hoarding behaviour has been poorly understood by psychiatry in the past, research into hoarding has dramatically increased in the last 10 years. Traditionally, hoarding was considered a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); in fact, the term ‘compulsive hoarding’ was widely used until recently.

Hoarding disorder was introduced in DSM-5 in 2013 as a new diagnostic entity, separate from OCD. Hoarding disorder is also likely to be included in the forthcoming ICD-11.
Hoarding disorder has serious risk implications for the patients as well as those around them, and the majority of individuals with the condition do not see their behaviour as problematic and are not motivated to seek help.
This module covers the clinical presentation of hoarding disorder, as well as its epidemiology and aetiology. It also explains how to carry out a diagnostic assessment and covers the current best evidence-based strategies for treatment and multi-agency management.

Access the podcast via RANZCP’s CPD online [member log-in required].

RANZCP CPD Online provides College members with interactive learning modules covering a range of topics relevant to the practice of psychiatry. Should you wish to provide any feedback about CPD modules, feel free to email

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International Medicine in Addiction Conference 2017 – Save the Date

Save the date for the International Medicine and Addiction Conference 2017 (IMiA), held in Sydney, New South Wales from 24 - 26 March 2017. The conference will be located on Sydney’s sparkling harbour, at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney).

The IMiA 2017 conference brings together a wide range of local and international medical professionals who specialise in treating addictions.


Online registrations will be available shortly. Register your interest  now to be notified as soon as the registrations are open.

Stay tuned to the conference website for more details including program updates.

RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Conference 2016

The RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Conference 2016 will be held from 3 to 5 November 2016 at Rydges Melbourne in Victoria.

Registrations are now open and a discounted rate is available for RANZCP trainees.  There will also be an Advanced Trainee Day held on Saturday morning - more details will be available on the conference website once the program has been finalised.

We are delighted to have Professor Craig Ritchie as our international keynote speaker who will speak on “The prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia: How, where and when?”. Professor Ritchie is Professor of the Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh, having moved from his role as Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Mental Health at Imperial College London in October 2014. He is also the Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention at the University of Edinburgh, as well as Associate Director of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility in Edinburgh.

Professor Ritchie is a world-leading authority on Clinical Trials in Dementia and has been senior investigator on over 30 drug trials of both disease modifying and symptomatic agents for that condition. This emerged from his ongoing clinical leadership of the MPAC (Metal Protein Attenuating Compound) pipeline for Prana Biotechnology dating back to 1998 when he worked for just over 3 years as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Mental Health Research Institute in Victoria, Australia. He has sat on advisory boards of numerous pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies and clinical research organizations with an in interest in developing drugs and trials infrastructure for Alzheimer’s disease.

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

We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Stephen Macfarlane
Conference Convenor

Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference 2016 Registrations Open

The Organising Committee is pleased to advise that registrations are now open for the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference 2016.

The conference will be held from Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October 2016 at The Hobart Function and Conference Centre, Tasmania.

The full program is also now available. We are delighted to have as our keynote speakers, Professor Tuula Tamminen (Finland) Dr Rachel Bryant-Waugh (UK), Professor David Coghill (UK), Professor Louise Newman (VIC) and Professor Sharon Goldfeld (VIC).

One- and three-day registrations are available with a discounted rate for RANZCP trainees. Registration fees include the welcome reception on the Thursday night.

Pre-conference Workshops

The diverse and stimulating academic program will be complemented by a range of half-day pre-conference workshops – 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.

A certain highlight of the conference will be the Conference Dinner on Saturday night at Frogmore Creek, one of Tasmania’s most awarded wineries – register now to secure your place.

A number of accommodation options are available and can be booked when you register
For more information, please visit the conference website.
I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Fiona Wagg
Convenor, FCAP 2016

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The views and opinions expressed by individual authors do not represent the position of the RANZCP.