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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.

Recommended assessment preparation workshops

There are a number of free assessment preparation workshops for Australian based SIMGs coming up in 2018. The workshops are free to attend, however SIMG candidates are responsible for the costs of travel and accommodation. Please contact workshop organisers for further details about these programs.

Australian Clinical Practice Skills workshop 

Date: Sunday 18 February 2018

Venue: RANZCP Head Office, Melbourne

Cost: Free of charge for SIMG Candidates

Applications are now closed.

For further details please contact

Gold Coast University Hospital Clinical Exam Workshop (2 day workshop and mock OSCE)

Dates: Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 February 2018

Venue: Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport

Cost: Free of charge for SIMG Candidates

For further details and to register, please contact by 9 February 2018.

. Read the workshop brochure [PDF; 100 KB]

10th Northern Clinical Examination Course

Dates: Saturday 24 February – Sunday 25 February 2018

Venue: NAMHS, Northern Hospital, 185 Cooper St, Epping, VIC

Cost: Free of charge for SIMG Candidates

For further details and to register, please contact or

. Read the workshop brochure [PDF; 210 KB]

Please note:

Registration is free, however participants will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements, as these costs are not covered by the workshop.

The RANZCP, the Committees for Training and Examinations and the Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education (CSIMGE) do not have a role in assessing or accrediting external or non-RANZCP facilitated exam and training workshops.

The RANZCP expects SIMGs to undertake a broad approach to exam and workplace-based assessment preparation based on the 2012 Competency-Based Fellowship Program and Syllabus.

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