PIF Retreat 2024

Applications close by Sunday 9 June 2024


28 - 29 August 2024


The State Library of Queensland, Meeanjin (Brisbane)

Organised by

Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF)



We are excited to be hosting this year's 2024 PIF Retreat in Meeanjin (Brisbane), on the lands of the Turrbal and Yuggerra People. The Retreat is an enrichment-activity for networking designed for PIF members who are interested in a career in psychiatry. It will be held at The State Library of Queensland, Meeanjin (Brisbane), from Wednesday 28 to Thursday 29 August (inclusive) constitutes acceptance of the following terms and conditions as set out below. 

About the scholarship 

PIF is offering 20 student the opportunity to attend the PIF Retreat 2024 at the State Library of QueenslandMeeanjin (Brisbane) from Wednesday 28 August to Thursday 29 August to RANZCP Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) members who are either currently enrolled as medical students, or who are postgraduate Year 1 or 2 doctors (PGY1 and PGY2). 

Successful applicants will receive: 

  • financial support to cover travel expenses for air or road travel and accommodation for eligible applicants.   

  • participation in the full 2024 PIF Retreat program 

How to apply 

Applicants are required to submit a written statement up to a maximum of 250 words addressing the eligibility criteria as follows: 

  • Your interest and/or involvement in psychiatry and mental health. 

  • What aspects of psychiatry are you curious to learn more about? 

  • How your attendance at the PIF Retreat may benefit and/or influence your medical career aspirations. 

*The 2024 Retreat program will be available online from mid-July 2024. 

Apply Now

Applications will close Sunday 9 June 2024. Late applications will not be accepted.  

Terms & conditions


Applicants must: 

  • Be a current RANZCP Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) member (or have their application pending), be based in Australia, and be currently enrolled as a medical student or be a postgraduate Year 1 or 2 doctor; 

  • Demonstrate an interest in psychiatry and mental health; 

  • Demonstrate how the Retreat will benefit and/or influence their medical career aspirations; 

  • Commit to attending full Retreat program days and functions  

Eligibility for the scholarship will be assessed and is awarded at the discretion of the PIF Selection Panel. 

Previous PIF Congress scholarship and PIF Retreat scholarship recipients are ineligible to apply.

PIF members who have previously been awarded a PIF sponsorship to attend another PIF or RANZCP organised event are eligible to apply, however consideration may be given to those who have not previously received a sponsorship. 

Applicants will receive financial support relating to their travel expenses (if requiredas set out in these Terms and Conditions 

Travel expenses

For applicants residing more than 80 km from the State Library of Queensland, Meeanjin (Brisbane), travel expenses covered will include: 

  • hotel accommodation (including breakfast) for two nights (check-in 27 August 2024; check-out 29 August 2024) across the duration of the Retreat at the hotel accommodation selected by the RANZCP; and 

  • flights or travel costs* to/from Brisbane, including travel to/from Brisbane airport to hotel. 

*If applicants choose to travel by road or another meansthis request must be submitted as part of the application along with the estimated distance for return travel. This request will be assessed and accepted by the PIF Selection Panel at its discretion. For road travel using a private motor vehicle, related commute costs to/from the Retreat including fuel, road tolls and parking costs will be covered. Travel to/and from your home address to your local airport will not be covered. 

Proof of receipts (e.g. fuel, parking, airport shuttle) will be required as evidence to claim reimbursement.  

Accommodation and flights must be booked via the dedicated PIF Retreat travel and conference organising agents. 

Applicants acknowledge that: 

  • incidental costs associated with travel and attendance at the Retreat, including additional baggage, will not be included and are the responsibility of the successful applicant; 

  • any additional nights’ accommodation outside of the Retreat dates (27-29 August 2024) are entirely the responsibility of the scholarship recipient and will not be covered by the scholarship grant; and 

  • meals and other in-hotel entertainment or other expenses outside of the Retreat program (e.g. minibar purchases) will not be covered by the scholarship grant and must be paid for by the applicant incurring that cost.  

For applicants residing within 8km of the State Library of Queensland, Meeanjin (Brisbane) travel costs related to commuting to/from Retreat via public transport or private motor vehicle will be covered by their scholarshipThis request must be submitted as part of the application and will be assessed and accepted by the PIF Selection Panel at its discretion. For road travel using a private motor vehicle, related commute costs to/from Retreat including mileage cost, road tolls and parking costs will be covered.  

Proof of tax invoice (e.g. fuel, parking, train ticket) will be required as evidence to claim reimbursement.


The PIF Selection Panel will assess the applications based on the application criteria and determine the successful applicants.  

Decisions of the PIF Selection Panel are final.  

Successful applicants will be notified via email by Friday 28 June and are expected to confirm their acceptance of a scholarship in writing by the required deadline. Scholarship recipients are expected to obtain any necessary approvals or leave they require from their university, employer or similar in order to attend the full conference program. 

The PIF Selection Panel may award additional scholarships at a later time at its absolute discretion.   


In the event that a successful applicant is unable to attend, or a successful applicant does not communicate their acceptance of the scholarship before the required deadline, the PIF Selection Panel may elect to award that scholarship to another eligible applicant. 

By accepting a scholarship, the recipient provides their consent to the RANZCP to publicise the names of the successful applicants, their location and their university or workplace in RANZCP communications, including notifying a student’s university of the scholarship award.  

Photography and recording

Images and/or voices of attendees and scholarship recipients may be recorded during Retreat sessions and in breaks for use in RANZCP website, communications and media, including social media. If you do not wish for your image or voice to be publicised, please email 


All PIF Retreat 2024 attendees will be required to participate in compulsory evaluation activity which involves a pre and post survey as a condition of accepting the scholarship. 


Participants are strongly advised to secure appropriate health insurance. The sponsorship does not provide any such coverage. The RANZCP and PIF accept no responsibility for any loss in this regard. 


If you are unwell or unforeseen circumstances arise and can no longer attend, please contact us as soon as possible via email  


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Psychiatry Workforce Package (PWP) to deliver this initiative.