Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee election

The RANZCP's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee are currently seeking expressions of interest for three Community Member positions.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee (the Committee) is composed of psychiatrists who have direct experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who are involved in mental health service provision and policy development.

The Committee is committed to and passionate about improving access to effective mental health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and/or communities.

Committee responsibilities

  • assisting with the development of policy and provide advice in the area of the College relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups.
  • assisting with and coordinating communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups
  • determining principles and priorities in promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health within College activities including training, research and professional development
  • promoting the views and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the College Board and Committees
  • acting with other College representatives to present the views and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to all non-College participants in mental health policy functions, service development and provisions
  • developing relationships with key non-governmental organisation (NGO) stakeholders
  • advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and assist the College, within resources available, in advocating with and on behalf of these groups to promote mental health to the community; to reduce the impact of mental illness; to ensure optimal and complementary recognition and application of the various expertise of people and organisations involved in mental health care, and to ensure the rights of people with mental disorders
  • supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychiatric trainees as well as non- Indigenous psychiatry trainees who have an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee Regulations [PDF; 100 KB]

Commitment required

The Committee typically meets four times per calendar year:

  • two face-to-face meetings (typically up to 6 hours’ duration per meeting with one meeting at the RANZCP Congress)
  • two teleconferences (typically up to 1.5 hours’ duration per meeting).

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

Community members will be remunerated in acknowledgement of their time on each committee and/or approved project they are a part of.

Express your interest in joining the committee 

Expression of interest form

For questions please contact the Election Officer at pppc@ranzcp.org