PIF Essay Competition
Held annually, PIF Essay Competitions allow eligible PIF members to explore and discuss a specified topic on psychiatry and/or mental health through a written essay .
Essay entries are limited to 1000-1500 words and judged by an assessment panel of RANZCP members according to clarity of expression and logical presentation of argument, along with demonstrated evidence and originality.
The winning essay receives A$1000 and is published in Australasian Psychiatry, with 2nd and 3rd place receiving A$500 and A$250 respectively.
This year, PIF will be running two separate essay competitions for medical students and prevocational doctors. The essay competition for medical students will be announced later this year.
The 2020 PIF Essay Competition for prevocational doctors
In recent times, the global community has experienced several disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, bushfires and now the novel coronavirus – these events can all directly or indirectly impact on the mental health of individuals, families, groups and communities.
Recognising that psychiatrists have important roles in disaster planning and preparedness, and response, this year’s essay topic is: ‘The psychiatrist’s role in responding to global disasters’.
*Eligible applicants are medical postgraduates year 1 and 2, and other medical practitioners (excluding trainees/Fellows from other specialty).
Please read the competition Terms & Conditions and submit the essay through online form by 11.59pm AEST Sunday 2 August 2020.
Read the winning essays
2019 topic: The more we understand mental health, the more we diagnose mental illness
First place: Carrie (Yifan) Zhang
Second place: Olivia Leyden
Third place: Koshy Mathew
2018 topic: Discuss the potential benefits and harms of compulsory treatment in psychiatry
First place: Benjamin Tassie
Second place: Christopher Lemon
Third place: Samuel Tan
2017 topic: Doctors’ mental health is more important now than it has ever been
First place: Eliza Mason
Second place: Kuhan Perumynar
Third place: Akhil Bansal
2016 topic: Discuss the portrayal of psychiatry in popular culture: harmful or helpful?
First place: Benjamin Vialle
Second place (tied): Ceren Guler & Calina Ouliaris
2015 topic: Psychiatry: Art, science, both or neither?
First place: Benjamin Vialle
Second place: Asiel Adan Sanchez
Third place (tied): Christopher Lemon & Oluwatobi Martins
2014 topic: It can be challenging for a doctor to be a patient
First place: Shadi El-Wahsh
Second place: Oluwatobi Martins
Third place: Sophie Gascoigne-Cohen
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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program (STP) to deliver this initiative.