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Support programs – overseas specialists

The College currently offers a range of programs and resources to support Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) candidates.

Funding available to run support workshops for SIMG Candidates

Are you interested in running a workshop to assist SIMG candidates on their pathway to attain Fellowship? The RANZCP has grants of $10,000 and $30,000 available for organisations to deliver locally based workshops in the 2017 academic year. 

Applications are now open and will close on 15 May 2017 (funds permitting) with workshops to be completed by 31 January 2018. 

  • All programs must run in Australia between July 2017 and January 2018.
  • Organisations can apply for funding to run more than one program as long as it has sufficient capacity to do so.
  • Travel expenses for SIMGs to attend programs will not be funded by the RANZCP. Participants should be encouraged to speak to their employer regarding travel funds.
  • Application form [.doc; 258KB]

Some examples of the previously funded program activities have included:

  • exam preparation tutorials and lecture series including cultural and communication enhancement sessions
  • practice exams to assist Exemption Candidates for their Exemption Candidate Exams (ECE)
  • holding practice OSCEs (short and long stations)
  • workshops targeting modules such as education and Australasian psychiatry, clinical cultural adaptation and clinical linguistics.

Applications will be assessed by a Panel of College Fellows from the SIMG Support Working Party. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their grant application after Panel review. Please note that this grant is intended for the delivery of training workshops and courses for SIMG candidates only.

For more information please email

The RANZCP has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program for this initiative.

Australian Clinical Practice Skills Workshops in 2017 - expressions of interest now open

The Australian Clinical Practice Skills Workshop is a personalised workshop that gives a concise and effective run-through of the nature and expectations of the clinical interview and psychiatric clinical practice in Australia.

At this highly interactive workshop, participants are given specific insights into what adjustments are needed to be made in their practice to prepare for their assessments and to successfully adapt to the practice of psychiatry in Australia. As a result, participants learn how to refine their clinical skills to match the expectations of the College and their workplace.

You can expect:

  • extensive exposure to role-plays (live and recorded)
  • practical exercises in small groups
  • professional feedback from former examiners, experienced Fellows, language and cultural experts
  • high facilitator-to-student ratio
  • insights into exams and assessments
  • an action plan to identify a path forward following the workshop.

The workshop will benefit those who are new to clinical practice in Australia as well as those who plan to sit exams within the next year (partially and substantially comparable pathways). All SIMG candidates on the partial or substantial comparability pathways, working in Australia are eligible to apply.

Please complete the online survey and you will be notified of the schedule for 2017 once confirmed. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at

The RANZCP has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program for this event.

Learnit – online learning from RANZCP

You can access Learnit using your current RANZCP log-in details. Visit Learnit now.

Australian Clinical Practice Skills modules

A new series of four modules designed to help specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) learn the linguistic and cultural components of psychiatric practice within Australia.

  • Module 1: Cultural identities in clinical practice
  • Module 2: Clinical communication and empathy
  • Module 3: Interviewing and rapport-building techniques
  • Module 4: Individualising case formulations and management plans

The direct link to these modules is:

Adaptation to psychiatry in Australia modules

A series of three modules created for specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) and overseas trained psychiatrists (OTPs) who are moving to Australia.

  • Module 1: Understanding the Australian mental health-care system
  • Module 2: The work of a psychiatrist in Australia
  • Module 3: How to become a psychiatrist in Australia

The direct link to these modules is:

Training Program modules

A series of modules designed to teach trainees and supervisors about the requirements of the RANZCP Training Program.

  • In Training Assessments (ITAs)
  • Observed Clinical Activity (OCAs)
  • Psychotherapy Written Case
  • Scholarly Project

The direct link to these modules is:  

Other on-line resources

Adaptation to Psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand [PDF; 1.2 MB]

SIMG Preparation Workshop

The SIMG (ECE) Preparation Workshop for partially comparable candidates is no longer a requirement since the transition of SIMG candidates to the 2012 Fellowship Program.

The ECE Preparation Workshop was found to be very useful by SIMG candidates in the past so the Education Committee will consider offering a new workshop specific to the assessment requirements of the 2012 Fellowship Program to interested SIMG candidates. Such a workshop could only run if:

  • there is an adequate number of SIMG candidates interested in attending the workshop
  • SIMG candidates pay a fee to attend these workshops.

Candidates will be informed of future proposed workshops in the SIMG candidate newsletter