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Honorary Fellowship of the RANZCP

Honorary Fellowship of the RANZCP is awarded to recognise significant contributions to Australasian psychiatry or the College.

What is Honorary Fellowship?

Honorary Fellowship can be conferred on persons of eminence, distinction and high standing, who otherwise do not qualify for Fellowship of the RANZCP. Honorary Fellows may be psychiatrists or non-psychiatrists, from any country. 

Honorary Fellows are recognised as members of the College and are afforded many of the same privileges as Fellows. However, Honorary Fellowship does not qualify a person to practise psychiatry nor use the FRANZCP postnominals.

What is Honorary Fellowship awarded for?

Honorary Fellows are expected to have made significant contributions to Australasian psychiatry or the RANZCP, and to have had an influence on Australasian psychiatrists.

This may include, for example, having promoted better care and patient outcomes through the eminent nature of their work, or having attended a College Congress and/or visited one or more psychiatric centres in Australia or New Zealand as a guest of the College.

Honorary Fellows are expected to have demonstrated a familiarity with and personal interest in psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand, and ideally with the College.

How are Honorary Fellowships conferred?

Any Fellow of the College can nominate a person for Honorary Fellowship. The nomination must be seconded by another Fellow of the College. 

The Board will consider nominations and, when there is unanimous agreement, elect nominees to Honorary Fellowship. This will usually occur at the College Ceremony at Congress. Generally, a maximum of two Honorary Fellowships may be conferred per year.

How do I nominate someone for Honorary Fellowship?

A formal call for nominations will be made in March each year. Submit nominations by 30 June.

To submit a nomination, email, including:

  • a confidential letter to the President outlining in detail the reasons for the nomination
  • a detailed CV outlining biographical details of the nominee and relevant information on the nominee’s appointments and publications
  • name and contact details for the person who is seconding the nomination.