About the College

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are specialists in the treatment of mental illness.

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The RANZCP is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to deliver specialist medical education and training, and professional development programs.

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RANZCP President,
Associate Professor Vinay Lakra


Our members

The College has over 7900 members, including more than 5600 qualified psychiatrists (consisting of both Fellows and Affiliates of the College) and over 2200 members who are training to qualify as psychiatrists (referred to as Associate members or trainees).

In Australia, approximately 85% of practising psychiatrists are current RANZCP members. In Aotearoa New Zealand, more than 50% of practising psychiatrists are current members. In both countries, all psychiatrists must be accredited by the RANZCP before they can practise.

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Our community

The College's vision is excellence and equity in the provision of mental healthcare. We believe in genuine engagement with people with mental illness and their carers and families. Their needs, perspectives, concerns and values influence College decisions at all levels.

journals-200.jpgRANZCP's journals: Australasian Psychiatry and Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry  

What the College does

  • Sets the professional standards for the practice of psychiatry in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Conducts training and exams for doctors wanting to qualify as psychiatrists. The rigorous psychiatry training program takes a minimum of 5 years (after medical training and registration), during which time trainees work in hospitals and clinics, under the supervision of experienced psychiatrists. The College also oversees training and accreditation for overseas-trained psychiatrists.

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  • Administers the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for practising psychiatrists. Once qualified, psychiatrists must continue to participate in medical education activities each year to ensure that they maintain high levels of skills and knowledge and to maintain their registration.

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  • Holds conferences and meetings with the aim of sharing knowledge in psychiatry and related fields. The College's major scientific meeting is its annual congress. There are also a number of specialist conferences each year.

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  • Publishes two scientific journals – Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) and Australasian Psychiatry. These peer-reviewed journals discuss research and developments in psychiatry. ANZJP is the leading psychiatry journal of the Asia–Pacific region.

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  • Publishes guidelines and policy documents. The College publishes practice guidelines for psychiatrists, and produces position statementssubmissions and reports.
  • Produces evidence-based mental health information for the public, available at yourhealthinmind.org
  • Represents psychiatrists with government, community groups and health worker groups. The College works with these groups in the interests of psychiatrists, patients and the general community.

RANZCP's coat of armsThe RANZCP’s coat of arms and motto: Ex veritate salus – out of truth comes health






Structure and governance

The College is governed by a Board led by the College's President, Associate Professor Vinay Lakra. The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the College is Ms Callie Kalimniou.

The RANZCP has a head office in Melbourne, a national office in Aotearoa New Zealand, and branch offices around Australia. Within the College, specialist aspects of psychiatry are represented by Faculties, Sections and Networks.

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The College's history dates back to 1946, when the Australasian Association of Psychiatrists was formed. In 1963, the association became the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and 'Royal' was added to the name in 1978.

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The RANZCP is supported by its patrons:

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of Aotearoa New Zealand.


Our values

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Action


The RANZCP has a head office in Melbourne, a national office in Aotearoa New Zealand and Branches around Australia.
309 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Email  ranzcp@ranzcp.org
Tel.  +61 (0)3 9640 0646
Fax  +61 (0)3 9642 5652
Toll free  1800 337 448 (calling from Australia)
Toll free  0800 443 827 (calling from Aotearoa New Zealand)
ABN  68 000 439 047

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