The RANZCP Section of Private Practice Psychiatry (SPPP) aims to identify and address issues concerning psychiatrists working in the private sector through the achievement of the following aims:

  • Promote high quality accessible psychiatric assessment and management in the private sector. 
  • Advocate, advise and consult on issues relevant to private practitioners. 
  • Foster discussion, co-operation and debate among the members of the College and the general public in the spectrum of private psychiatric practice. 
  • Protect and promote the professional development of psychiatrists working in the private sector. 
  • Support the development of research within the private psychiatry sector. 

Working in or considering private practice? Join now

All members of the College (including trainees and Affiliates) are eligible to join the Section. To ensure the work of the SPPP is relevant and continues to meet the needs of our members, we invite you to join the SPPP:

Join the Section via My RANZCP [Member login required]

For further information on membership, please email


The chair of the Section of Private Practice Psychiatry bi-national committee is Dr Michelle Atchison.

To contact the committee, please email

The Bi-national Section Committee's Regulations outline the purpose and responsibilities of the SPPP Committee.


  • SPPP Communiqué – July 2020

Current areas of interest for the SPPP

  • “Find a Psychiatrist” Directory.
  • Telehealth initiatives and discontinuation of Telehealth Financial Incentives Program.
  • Psychiatrist-patient privilege
  • Role of Psychiatrist Working Group
  • Expanded Training Settings Working Group
  • Resources for Entering Private Practice.

Private practice resources

  • Private practice resources

Information regarding opening and operating a practice, managing health records and more.

Practice management

  • Professional Practice Guideline - Best practice referral, communication and shared care arrangements between psychiatrists, general practitioners and psychologists [PDF; 148 KB]
  • Informed financial consent - AMA guideline endorsed by RANZCP
  • RACGP General Practice Management Toolkit
  • The Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) website