PIF Essay Competition

Held annually, the PIF Essay Competition 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.

The 2021 PIF Essay Competition

For Indigenous peoples across Australia and New Zealand, culture is an integral aspect of life and wellbeing.

Increasing knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures has a vital role in enhancing mental health for Indigenous peoples and communities. 

This year’s essay competition topic is: Cultural intelligence: How can seeing the world through indigenous eyes help to improve health outcomes?’

*Eligible applicants are medical students and medical postgraduates year 1 and 2.

Please read the competition Terms & Conditions.

Essay submissions must be made via online form by 9 am AEDT Monday 17 January 2022.

Read the winning essays

2020 topic (medical students): The role of place in mental illness

First place: Annora Ai-Wei Kumar
Second place: Uni Han
Third place: James Cowman

2020 topic (prevocational doctors): The psychiatrist’s role in responding to global disasters

First place: Dr Anne Macadam
Second place: Dr Christopher Lemon
Third place: Dr Tehreem Rawal

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


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).

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program (STP) to deliver this initiative.

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