Section of Early Career Psychiatrists

The RANZCP Section of Early Career Psychiatrists (SECP) was established as a forum to provide bi-directional communication between the RANZCP and Fellows who are in the early stages of their psychiatric careers.

The SECP hopes to offer information and topics of special interest to psychiatrists launching their professional careers. 

Membership of the SECP is automatic and includes all fellows who have been admitted to Fellowship in the last five years.


The SECP aims to identify and address issues concerning Early Career Psychiatrists (ECPs) in an attempt to enhance their experiences and to promote career development. 

The Committee works to fulfil the following aims: 

  1. To help identify and represent the interests of ECPs locally, regionally, and bi-nationally
  2. To contribute to the design of activities and educational endeavours of the RANZCP as they relate to the professional development of ECPs
  3. To facilitate participation of ECPs within the membership and leadership of the RANZCP.


The chair of the SECP bi-national committee for the 2021-2024 term is Dr Edward Mullen.

Dr Aniket Bansod Member, QLD Representative
Dr David O’Mahony Member, NT Representative
Dr Melissa Renzenbrink Member, NSW Representative
Dr Jacqueline Rakov Member, SA Representative
Dr Vijay Danivas Member, VIC Representative
Dr Rebecca Graham Member, TAS Representative
Dr Killian Ashe Member, ACT Representative

Individual members can be contacted via the above e-mail addresses or via

The Bi-national Section Committee's Regulations outline the purpose and responsibilities of the SECP Committee.


Membership of the SECP is automatic for Fellows who are in their first five years of RANZCP Fellowship.

For further information on membership, please email


October 2021 [Member log-in required]


In order to encourage and promote research in psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand, the Sections supports the RANZCP Early Career Psychiatrist Award.

Applications are now open and will close 11.59 pm AEDT 31 October 2021.

►Further information can be found under RANZCP awards.

Information and resources

World Psychiatric Association Early Career Psychiatrists (WPA ECP)

The RANZCP SECP has a close working relationship with the WPA ECP, an international network of ECP associations. Providing a platform for sharing ideas and promoting training opportunities across the globe, funded fellowships and scholarships for ECPs to promote their work at international conferences are also available.

Becoming a member of the WPA ECP Section opens the door to potentially rich professional relationships where one might visit and get to know another country's mental health service or collaborate in a multicentre research opportunity. Visit the WPA ECP website for details on becoming a member, and to access the WPA ECP Quarterly Newsletter containing ECP contributions from around the world.

For more information, contact Dr Paul Fung, WPA ECP Board Representative for Australia and New Zealand, at

Psychiatric Times

Psychiatric Times is a good site with free membership and information relevant to ECPs.

If you know of any other information, websites or forums that would be relevant to ECPs, please contact and let us know.  

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