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Opportunities for PIF members

This page is regularly updated with current opportunities available to PIF members.
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PIF Māori scholarship opportunity: RANZCP NZ Conference 2019

2019 Introduction to Psychiatry Short Courses

Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart will host the 2019 Introduction to Psychiatry Short Courses.


These free short courses offer the opportunity for PIF members (or eligible applicants) to hear more about psychiatry as a career from practising RANZCP Fellows and Trainees on the pathway to Fellowship.

Stay tuned for announcements on dates and how to apply to attend.

Live Q&A on the training program

PIF Essay Competition

The PIF Essay Competition runs annually and is open to medical students, junior doctors, and other medical practitioners in Australia and New Zealand. Stay tuned for announcements on the 2019 competition topic and dates.

Read about the 2018 competition and winners and access all past winning essays

PIF webinar

A PIF webinar held on Thursday 6 December 2018 allowed PIF members to learn more about psychiatry and its subspecialties, and gain an understanding of the RANZCP training program and pathway to Fellowship, through a webinar presented live by two psychiatry trainees and a RANZCP Fellow.

A live Q&A following the presentations gave those online the opportunity to have their questions answered by the expert panel.

The recording of this webinar is now available to view online.

Live Recording: PIF Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course (Melbourne)

The Melbourne Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course was broadcast live to PIF members on Saturday 6 October 2018. 

The recording of this course is now available to view online.

Live Recording: PIF Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course (Brisbane)

For the first time ever, the Brisbane PIF short course was broadcast live to PIF members on Saturday 4 August 2018. 

The recording of this course is now available to view online.

PIF scholarships: RANZCP 2019 Congress

Eligible Australian PIF members are invited to apply for a scholarship opportunity to attend the RANZCP 2019 Congress which will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from Sunday 12 to Thursday 16 May 2019. The theme of the conference is ‘Continuity in a World of Change: Culture, Diversity and Mutual Learning'. 

Sponsorship includes:

  • full conference registration,
  • a ticket to both the Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner, and
  • a travel grant towards flights and accommodation for eligible applicants.

Applications for this opportunity have closed.

AIDA/RANZCP Scholarships for Congress 2019

We are offering scholarships to attend the RANZCP 2019 Congress ‘Continuity in a world of change: Culture, Diversity and Mutual Learning’ in Cairns, Queensland from 12 to 16 May 2019 for up to four current AIDA members who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students or junior medical practitioners.

The scholarship includes:
  • A grant of A$2000 to assist with the cost of your travel and accommodation.
  • Full registration to the Congress scientific program which includes some social functions including Welcome Reception and College Ceremony.
  • The opportunity to meet the RANZCP President, CEO and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee.

Applications for this opportunity have closed.

PIF scholarships: Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA) 7th World Congress of Asian Psychiatry

Eligible Australian PIF members are invited to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to attend the AFPA 7th World Congress of Asian Psychiatry which will be held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February 2019. The theme of the conference is ‘Mental Health Care Across Asia: Union in Diversity'. 

Sponsorship will include:

  • full conference registration, and
  • a ticket to the Welcome Reception.

All travel and incidental costs associated with attending are not included and are the responsibility of the successful applicant.

Applications for this scholarship opportunity have closed.

Specialise in the Mind

The PIF team developed a resource for medical students and pre-vocational doctors in Australia and New Zealand.

The ‘Specialise in the Mind’ infographic highlights the benefits of choosing psychiatry as a career path through a simple and eye-catching hand-out. The information included was carefully selected after considerable research was undertaken to determine the most attractive qualities about the specialty from the perspective of junior doctors and medical students in addition to psychiatry Trainees and Fellows.

You may see these handouts at career expos and similar events and you can download your own copy.

We encourage you to hand these out to interested medical students and doctors at your university or workplace. To arrange delivery of hard copies, please contact the PIF team at pif@ranzcp.org.