Victorian Branch

Branch office

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Tel.: +61 (0)3 9601 4924

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

Branch Chair 

Dr Kerryn Rubin

Dr Kerryn Rubin

Kerryn is Head of Adult Psychiatry at Peninsula Health in Melbourne. Kerryn has extensive experience in public and private psychiatry, having worked across inpatient and community settings in a number of health services. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University , and an honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. 

Kerryn’s key areas of interest include supported decision making processes, recovery models , trauma oriented mental health systems and care, the provision of evidence based psychotherapy interventions in public mental health settings, coproduction in mental health services, the reduction of restrictive interventions, and internet addiction. He has a strong interest in clinical research, with current and previous research including peer-victimisation in adolescence, self-harm and ED presentations, and impacts of relational theory and practice on community mental health teams.

Kerryn’s key focus for 2020-21 is the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and ensuring that this once in a generation opportunity can be maximised, to produce a modern, evidenced based system, that places people at its heart.


Applications open for first year psychiatry training positions in Victoria

Eligible medical practitioners may apply to enter the Victorian Psychiatry Training Program commencing February 2022.

Applications open Monday 3 May 2021 and close 4pm Tuesday 8 June 2021.

All potential applicants must:

  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 2021 [PDF; 30 KB]

Application and selection process -- advice for applicants [PDF; 29 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 2020–21 Pre-Budget Submission

The RANZCP Victorian Branch Pre-Budget Submission 2021-22 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

  • Map, gap, and plan to address the psychiatry shortage
  • Address bottlenecks in the psychiatry training pathway
  • Create more Consultant Psychiatrist positions to meet demand for specialty services
  • Create a sustainable regional and rural workforce
  • Invest in leadership opportunities

Victorian Branch 2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission [PDF; 1.6 MB]


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