Psychiatry Interest Forum

Information and events for medical students and doctors interested in psychiatry and mental health.

Specialise in the mind

Have an interest in mental health and psychiatry? Join the RANZCP’s Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) and stay in the loop with the College’s activities and opportunities. As a member of the PIF you will receive a range of free benefits including:

  • invitations to educational events, including lectures, workshops and conferences;
  • career guidance in psychiatry and its subspecialties through seminars and networking with RANZCP Fellows and trainees;
  • invitations to participate in RANZCP awards, prizes and grants around promotion, research or advocacy in mental health;
  • access to RANZCP e-learning resources;
  • e-newsletters to keep up to date with RANZCP activities.

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Registration is free: simply complete the online application form.

.Apply now – for medical students
.Apply now – for medical practitioners

Contact if you are switching your membership from student to practitioner.

Details changed? No need to re-apply, simply log in and update your details online. 

Who can join?

To join the PIF, you must:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate medical course approved by an Australian or New Zealand medical school accredited by the Australian Medical Council or Medical Council of New Zealand, or
  • be registered as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency or the Medical Council of New Zealand.
  • not be, or have previously been, a RANZCP Fellow, trainee, non-RANZCP psychiatrist or an international medical graduate on the pathway to RANZCP Fellowship.

Opportunities for PIF members

PIF members can apply for a range of opportunities to help them learn more about mental health and psychiatry.

. See a list of opportunities currently available to PIF members

PIF Essay Competition

Held annually, the PIF Essay Competition allows eligible PIF members to explore and discuss a specified topic on psychiatry and/or mental health through a written essay.

The 2020 PIF Essay Competition for prevocational doctors is now closed; congratulations to Dr Anne Macadam for winning the Competition, and Dr Christopher Lemon and Dr Tehreem Rawal for receiving 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Learn more about the Essay Competition, where you could have the chance to win A$1,000 and have your essay published in Australasian Psychiatry.

. Read the winning essays

Learn about psychiatry

. How to become a psychiatrist in Australia and New Zealand

. What a psychiatrist does

. The difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist

Joining the RANZCP Fellowship Program

. Overview of the RANZCP Fellowship Program

. How to apply, selection criteria and pre-requisites

. The RANZCP Fellowship Program pathway [PDF, 400 KB]

Psychiatry careers articles

. Why it’s worthwhile training as a psychiatrist (Australasian Psychiatry, Jul 2020) *Journals access required

. Choosing a career in psychiatry - expect the unexpected (NZMSJ, Apr 2020) [PDF, 98 KB]

PIF video resources

. PIF Live Short Course – Rural and regional psychiatry recordings (Aug 2020) *College login required

. Facebook Q&A: Psychiatry training and careers (May 2020) *Facebook account required

. AMA Victoria Careers Expo recording (Apr 2020)

. Sydney short course recordings (Oct 2019)

 Facebook Q&A: RANZCP Training program (July 2019) *Facebook account required

. PIF webinar (Dec 2018)

 .Melbourne short course recordings (Oct 2018)

 .Brisbane short course recordings (Aug 2018) *College login required

. Insights into psychiatry (Melb 2016 short course)

PIF print resources

. Specialise in the mind infographic [PDF, 165 KB]

. Psychiatry subspecialties booklet [PDF, 212 KB]

. Eight ways to make the most of your psychiatry rotation [PDF, 198 KB]

Hard copies of written resources are available. Please contact us to find out more.


You can direct any questions about the PIF to or call us toll-free on 1800 337 448 (from Australia) or 0800 443 827 (from New Zealand).

Problems logging in?

Your RANZCP User ID is your PIF ID number. If you continue to have problems, please contact

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program.