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  • Use of benzodiazepines in psychiatric practice

    Benzodiazepines, Ethics, Professionalism

    The RANZCP has developed this guidance for clinicians considering pharmacological treatment using benzodiazepines. PDF Clinical guideline

    Clinical guideline
    • Last updated: Nov 2019
    • Published in Australia
    • PPG #5
  • Use of ketamine in psychiatric practice

    Ethics, Ketamine, Professionalism

    Information for psychiatrists about the potential utility of ketamine in psychiatric practice. PDF Clinical guideline

    Clinical guideline
    • Last updated: Jul 2022
    • Published in Australia
  • Guidance for the use of stimulant medications in adults

    Ethics, Professionalism, Stimulant medications

    The RANZCP supports the appropriate use of these drugs in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy in adults. PDF Clinical guideline

    Clinical guideline
    • Last updated: Oct 2015
    • Published in Australia
    • PPG #6
  • Code of conduct

    Ethics, Ethics and conduct, Professionalism

    PDF Ethics and conduct

    Ethics and conduct
    • Last updated: May 2013
    • Published in Australia
  • RANZCP Code of Ethics

    Ethics, Professionalism

    PDF Ethics and conduct

    Ethics and conduct
    • Last updated: Nov 2018
    • Published in Australia
    • Current
  • Discrimination, bullying and harassment policy

    Ethics, Professionalism

    This policy outlines expectations for the behaviour of people involved in RANZCP
    activities. PDF Ethics and conduct

    Ethics and conduct
    • Last updated: Aug 2021
    • Published in Australia and New Zealand
  • Members having a financial interest in a treatment or management facility

    Ethics, Professionalism

    PDF Ethics and conduct

    Ethics and conduct
    • Last updated: May 2015
    • Published in Australia
    • EG #2
  • Principles & guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Addressing health inequities, Culturally safe practice, Professionalism

    PDF Ethics and conduct

    Ethics and conduct
    • Last updated: Jul 2014
    • Published in Australia
    • EG #11
  • Ethics and conduct
    • Last updated: Mar 2019
    • Published in Australia
    • EG #5
  • Social media guideline

    Ethics, Professionalism

    Guidance for College members on appropriate standards of behaviour and professionalism when using social media. PDF Ethics and conduct

    Ethics and conduct
    • Last updated: Feb 2024
  • Zero tolerance policy on proven sexual boundary violations

    Ethics, Professionalism

    PDF Ethics and conduct

    Ethics and conduct
    • Last updated: Mar 2024
    • Published in Australia
    • Ethical guideline 12
    • Current
  • Therapeutic use of MDMA for PTSD and psilocybin for treatment resistant depression

    Ethics, Professionalism, Psychedelics

    Information for psychiatrists about psychedelic-assisted therapy with MDMA and psilocybin. PDF Clinical guideline

    Clinical guideline
    • Last updated: Jun 2023
    • Published in Australia
  • Therapeutic use of medicinal cannabis products

    Cannabis, Ethics, Professionalism

    Information for psychiatrists about the medicinal use of cannabis products, including in psychiatric practice. PDF Clinical guideline

    Clinical guideline
    • Last updated: Mar 2024
    • Published in Australia
  • Tobacco policy

    Addiction, Addressing health inequities, Culturally safe practice, Ethics, Professionalism, Smoking cessation

    Solutions for tobacco control to change the way physicians and psychiatrists view their role in reducing mortality and morbidity due to tobacco smoking. PDF Clinical guideline

    Clinical guideline
    • Last updated: Jun 2005
    • Published in Australia
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)

    Addressing health inequities, Culturally safe practice, Electroconvulsive therapy & neurostimulation, Ethics, Professionalism

    This memorandum is for psychiatrists who are interested in using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. PDF Clinical guideline

    Clinical guideline
    • Last updated: Jul 2022
    • Published in Australia
  • Abolition of torture and other inhuman treatment

    Ethics, Professionalism, Trauma

    Our commitment to the abolition of torture, and to researching and providing effective, evidence-based rehabilitative and therapeutic treatments to survivors.

    Position statement
    • Last updated: Nov 2018
    • Published in Australia
    • PS #32
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Addressing health inequities, Culturally safe practice, Professionalism, Workforce

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers bring valuable skills and knowledge to the practice of psychiatry.

    Position statement
    • Last updated: Aug 2016
    • Published in Australia
    • PS #50
  • Acknowledging and learning from past mental health practices

    Addressing health inequities, Culturally safe practice, Historical practices, Professionalism

    In the past, some psychiatric treatments were provided without an evidence base. Certain treatments were ineffective, harmful or distressing to patients.

    Position statement
    • Last updated: Mar 2016
    • Published in Australia
    • PS #84
  • Apology for the role played by psychiatrists in the Stolen Generations

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Addressing health inequities, Culturally safe practice, Ethics, Professionalism

    The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists apologises to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for our failure as a group of doctors and psychiatrists to act early and effectively to prevent and reverse the disastrous practices of the Stolen Generations.

    Position statement
    • Last updated: Apr 1999
    • Published in Australia
  • Autism: Addressing the mental health needs of Autistic people

    Addressing health inequities, Autism, Culturally safe practice, Professionalism

    This position statement addresses the significant challenges and unmet mental health needs of Autistic people.

    Position statement
    • Last updated: Dec 2022
    • Published in Australia
    • PS #110