Community engagement

Consumers and carers play a vital role in the RANZCP

Genuine engagement with the community is a cornerstone of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). People with experience of mental illness (also referred to as consumers) and their carers and families/whānau have unique expertise to help shape mental health policy and practice. Their needs, perspectives, concerns and values influence RANZCP decisions at all levels.

Through participation in committees and other groups, consumers and carers contribute to:

  • the training, assessment and accreditation of psychiatrists
  • mental health policy direction
  • internal operations of the RANZCP.

Community Collaboration Committee

The Community Collaboration Committee (CCC) is one of the main ways that the RANZCP partners with consumers and carers. The committee is comprised of people with lived experience of mental illness, carers, and psychiatrists from Australia and New Zealand.

More about the Community Collaboration Committee

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee

This Committee provides advice and support and advocacy on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The committee is made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community representatives and psychiatrists.

More about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee

Te Kaunihera mo ngā kaupapa Hauora Hinengaro Māori (Te Kaunihera) 

Te Kaunihera provides advice and support on issues relating to Māori, and advocates for the health of Māori people. The committee is made up of Māori community representatives and psychiatrists.

More about Māori mental health

Your Health in Mind – mental health information for everyone

Evidence-based, plain language information on mental illness, treatments and aspects of psychiatry, as well as our Find a Psychiatrist database can be found at

Submit a journal article

Consumers and carers can submit articles for publication in the RANZCP's journal, Australasian Psychiatry.

Recent projects

Supported decision-making for people subject to compulsory treatment

The supported decision-making model was introduced in the Mental Health Act 2014 (Victoria) for people living with mental illness and who are subject to compulsory assessment and treatment.

This paper was developed by the RANZCP Victorian Branch Enabling Supported Decision-Making Subcommittee which comprised consumers and clinicians, using a co-production methodology which mirrors the principles of supported decision-making.

Enabling supported decision making - position paper [PDF; 181 KB]

Enabling supported decision making - e-learning module