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 within psychiatry and/or mental health through a written essay.

Entries for 2021 Essay Competition are now open. Learn more about this 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

. Day in the life series - read stories from RANZCP Fellows and trainees

. The difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist

. Webinar: Addressing myths about psychiatry *College login required

Joining the RANZCP Fellowship Program

. Overview of the RANZCP Fellowship Program

. How to apply, selection criteria and prerequisites

. 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

. Introduction to Psychiatry short course (Sep 2021) *College login required

. Live Q&A on psychiatry training and careers (Apr 2021)

. Introduction to Psychiatry short course (Oct 2020) *College login required

. Keeping ourselves well: A wellbeing conversation for medical students and doctors (Oct 2020)

. Introduction to Psychiatry short course – Rural and regional psychiatry (Aug 2020) *College login required

. AMA Victoria Careers Expo recording (Apr 2020)

. Sydney Introduction to Psychiatry short course (Oct 2019) *College login required

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).

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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.

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