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PIF Essay Competition

PIF Essay Competition

This essay competition runs annually and is open to medical students, junior doctors, and other medical practitioners in Australia and New Zealand. Essays are submitted on a specified topic with a 1000–1500 word limit.

The topic of the 2018 Essay Competition was ‘Discuss the potential benefits and harms of compulsory treatment in psychiatry’.

The 2018 competition received over 50 entries from across Australia and New Zealand. Essays were judged by a panel of RANZCP Fellows according to clarity of expression and logical presentation of argument, along with demonstrated evidence and originality.

2018 PIF Essay Competition Winners

First place: Benjamin Tassie, 1st year registrar at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney. Awarded prize money of $1000. Essay to be published in Australasian Psychiatry.

Second place: Christopher Lemon, PGY2 at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney. Awarded prize money of $500.

Third place: Samuel Tan, 3rd year medical student from University of Queensland. Awarded prize money of $250.

We thank all PIF members who submitted an essay this year and appreciate the time and effort undertaken by all participants. 

Read the winning essays

2018: ‘Discuss the potential benefits and harms of compulsory treatment in psychiatry’

First place: Benjamin Tassie

Second place: Christopher Lemon

Third place: Samuel Tan

Past winners

2017: ‘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: 'the portrayal of psychiatry in popular culture: harmful or helpful?'

First place: Benjamin Vialle

Second place (tied): Ceren Guler & Calina Ouliaris

2015: ‘Psychiatry: Art, science, both or neither?’

First place: Benjamin Vialle

Second place: Asiel Adan Sanchez

Third place (tied): Christopher Lemon & Oluwatobi Martins

2014: ‘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 

Contact

Direct any questions to pif@ranzcp.org or call us toll-free on 1800 337 448 (from Australia) or 0800 443 827 (from New Zealand).