Committee for Evidence-Based Practice

Responsible directly to the Practice, Policy and Partnerships Committee (PPPC), the Committee for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP), colloquially known as the “What Works Committee” will be an active working arm of the PPPC which executes priorities in the College’s Strategic Plan and the PPPC’s work plan particularly as they relate to the practice and the profession of psychiatry in relation to therapeutic interventions and evidence-based practice.

Committee for Evidence-Based Practice Regulations [PDF; 264 KB]

Note: The Regulations are currently under review.  If you have any questions, please contact

Committee Member Commitment Required

Committee key responsibilities include:

  • coordinate the development of policies and position statements related to therapeutic interventions and evidence-based practice
  • develop and recommend to the Board policy in relation to clinical practice improvement within the College
  • advise about implementation of evidence based practice including Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs)
  • raise the awareness about clinical practice improvement and encourage uptake within the College membership
  • encourage the use of clinical practice improvement activities to improve the clinical standards of psychiatric care
  • advise on all aspects of psychiatric treatments (including all bio psycho social therapies, psycho-pharmacology, electroconvulsive therapy, psychosurgery and other treatments as appropriate)
  • deal with matters pertaining to education about psychiatric treatments; the appropriate use of such treatments; and the availability and provision of such treatments
  • liaise with, and seek advice from College Faculties on mental health matters across the life span
  • act as a pool of advice to the Board and the wider College community in respect to appropriate response by the College to Government and external inquiries as they relate to psychotropic medications and treatments.

Meeting frequency:

The CEBP typically meets four times per calendar year:

  • Two face-to-face meetings (typically up to 6 hours' duration per meeting).  In light of COVID-19 any face-to-face meetings will be held by other methods.
  • two teleconference meetings (typically up to 1.5 hours’ duration per meeting).

A committee member may also be required to respond to emails between formal meetings.

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