General Meetings

Members Requisition General Meeting

A General Meeting was called to consider four resolutions which relate to the RANZCP Mood Disorders Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) and in particular, long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy in the treatment of mood disorders.

Update, 8 July 2022

At its most recent meeting on 29 June, the Board continued to progress the next steps to action resolutions voted on during the MRGM in May. 

The Board has reviewed Terms of Reference to formalise the establishment of a Steering Group to oversee a review of the evidence base regarding psychodynamic psychotherapies in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders. The membership of the Steering Group is currently being considered, and these will be discussed with the Faculty of Psychotherapy Chair, requisitioning members, and other key stakeholders.

Scoping of an external and independent consultant to undertake the review has also commenced.  

The College remains committed to producing quality resources to assist members in treating and supporting their patients. The process undertaken to publish the Clinical Practice Guideline in the treatment of mood disorders involved members with significant expertise and was subject to international peer review. 

The Board believes it is important to receive the recommendations of the steering group with respect to proceeding to address the resolutions, including the dis-endorsement of the current CPG content relating to psychodynamic psychotherapy. 

As these matters are progressed, the College will inform all members and will continue to engage with the Faculty of Psychotherapy and requisitioning members. The Board looks forward to making a further collaborative and evidence-informed determination in the near future.

In respect of the questions that were submitted to the MRGM, of which there were many, these are currently being addressed and thematic responses will be available shortly. We appreciate members patience.

Thank you to those who advocated on this important area which has resonated with so many members. 

Meeting Outcome

The General Meeting was attended by 384 members, including 333 eligible voting Fellows. Given the interest and volume of questions, a condensed presentation was delivered to provide background and further information. Over 100 questions were received and a number of them were responded to during the meeting.

The outcomes of the four Ordinary Resolutions, as outlined in the Notice of Meeting, are outlined below and all four resolutions were carried. More than 50% of votes must be cast in favour of the resolution for it to be carried.

Outcomes (including proxy allocation)

Resolution For Against Abstain Total
i) 632 (68%) 247 (27%) 48 (5%) 927
ii) 676 (73%) 218 (23%) 34 (4%) 928
iii) 674 (73%) 217 (23%) 38 (4%) 929
iv) 660 (71%) 223 (24%) 47 (5%) 930


Information and process documents

Notice of Meeting [PDF; member sign-in required]

Supporting Statement from the members requisitioning the MRGM [PDF; member sign-in required]

Mood disorders guideline development FAQ [Member sign-in required]

Members Requisition General Meeting process and format FAQ

Updated and condensed meeting agenda and presentation - 3 May 2022 [PDF; member sign-in required]

Meeting agenda and presentation [PDF; member sign-in required]


For further information, please contact Company Secretary, Mr Andrew Peters, at

Annual General Meeting

The 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) will be held during Congress on Wednesday, 18 May 2022 at 3.30 pm (AEST).

2022 Notice of Annual General Meeting [PDF; 193 KB]


Pyrmont Theatre
International Convention Centre Sydney
14 Darling Drive
Sydney New South Wales 2000 

Entitlement to Vote

Pursuant to Articles 3.3.4, 3.4.2, 3.5.2, 3.6.3 and 3.7.2 of the RANZCP Constitution:

  • Fellows are entitled to attend, speak and vote at the AGM.
  • Associates (Trainees), Affiliates, Honorary Fellows, and International Corresponding Members are entitled to attend and speak, but are not entitled to vote at the AGM.


A Fellow unable to attend the meeting in person has the right to appoint a Proxy (the Appointment of Proxy form is available on the RANZCP's website). Only a Fellow may be appointed as a Proxy. The Proxy Form must be received by the RANZCP no later than 3.30 pm AEST on Monday, 16 May 2022.

The Chairperson intends to vote all available proxies in favour of each item of business.

Appointment of Proxy Form [PDF; 91 KB]

Annual Review and Financial Report

2021 Financial Report [PDF; 11.5 MB]
2021 Annual Review [PDF; 3.2 MB]


Questions prior to the AGM can be directed to the Company Secretary, Mr Andrew Peters at or by phone +61 (0) 3 9640 0646.

Mr Andrew C. Peters
Company Secretary
13 April 2022