Victorian Branch

Branch office

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Tel.: +61 (0)3 9601 4924
Fax: +61 (0)3 9642 5652

Postal address
RANZCP Victorian Branch
309 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Branch Chair 

Dr Kerryn Rubin

Dr Astha Tomar

Astha is presently the Head of Youth Mental Health Services at Peninsula Health and also works at The Melbourne Clinic in private practice.

She has been a part of the Victorian Branch Committee over the last many years and has been active in leading the policy response to COVID-19 and wellbeing of Health Care Workers, SafeScript, Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and Productivity Commission Report in Mental Health and other policy statements and submissions produced by the Branch.

Astha is committed to representing the Victorian membership to facilitate effective outcomes and looks forward to engagement from members in helping do this job better.

She is a part of a great team with gender balance and cultural diversity which she has encouraged and sought out for over the last many years.

Dr Tomar is ably supported by the Victorian Branch team and you can reach out to her via the team with any questions, concerns or suggestions on the email above.

Victorian Branch State Election Priorities 2022

Improving the Mental Health and Wellbeing of the Victorian Community

Applications for first year psychiatry training positions in Victoria

Applications for the Victorian Psychiatry Training Program commencing February 2023 are open until 5.00 pm on Tuesday 30 May 2022 (AEST).

►Download general information for applicants

Application process:

  1. Apply to the Victorian Psychiatry Training Program via the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria website
  2. Seek a training position with a Victorian hospital or clinical service.

Timeline and key dates for 2022/23 [PDF; 847 KB]

Application and selection process -- advice for applicants [PDF; 837 KB]

Video interviewing fact sheet [PDF; 538 KB]

Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System is a once in a lifetime opportunity to design a mental health system which meets the needs of Victorians in the 21st century. 

Latest updates on Branch activities related to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

Victorian Branch 2022–23 Pre-Budget Submission

The RANZCP Victorian Branch Pre-Budget Submission 2022-23 focuses on the key priority areas that need to be addressed for Victorians to have access to effective, efficient and equitable mental healthcare.

Advocacy priorities

  • Address current and future delivery of therapeutic, specialist, and trauma-informed care.
  • Ensure safe, sensitive, and responsive spaces for consumers, carers, and workforce.
  • Support the wellbeing and training needs of Fellowship and specialist psychiatry trainees and specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs).
  • Grow the psychiatry workforce to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of rural and regional Victorian communities.

Victorian Branch 2022-23 Pre-Budget Submission [PDF; 411 KB]


List of Victorian psychiatrists available for COVID-19 healthcare workers

Victorian psychiatry workforce

A shortage of psychiatrists and maldistribution of the psychiatry workforce across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria means that the needs of mental health services are no longer being met. 

An analysis by the RANZCP Victorian Branch in 2015, commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) revealed the challenges facing Victoria's psychiatry workforce.

Victorian Psychiatry Workforce Report [PDF; 2 MB]

Victorian psychiatry workforce infographic