Media centre

As the principal organisation representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) can put the media in touch with psychiatrists in relation to stories on mental health issues.

A range of psychiatrists are available to comment on issues relevant to psychiatry and mental health.

Media enquiries

Sarah Carr
Advisor, Media and Communications
T +61 (0)3 9601 4981
M +61 437 315 911
media@ranzcp.org

Media access to RANZCP Journals

Contact media@ranzcp.org to request full text of any article in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry or Australasian Psychiatry for media use.

In the media

New standards for mental health apps - Sydney Morning Herald

Coronavirus kills 17 in its deadliest day - The Australian

Suicide: Predicting the unpredictable - Medical Forum

Regulator weighs push to legalise MDMA for mental health treatment - Sydney Morning Herald

Get your mind fit - Herald Sun

Use of Psilocybin and MDMA for mental health treatment - 2CC Radio

Healthcare workers struggling with mental wellbeing during pandemic - ABC Online

Is our hotel quarantine too heavy handed? - The Project

COVID-19 and the mental health effects on young people - ABC Radio Melbourne

Joint statements

► Significant hospital wait times a symptom of systemic failure
(Joint statement with ACEM)

► An open letter to all Victorians 
(Joint statement)

► Medical decisions should be made by medical professionals 
(Joint statement with ACEM, ADC, ACSEP, ACRRM, ANZCA, CICM, RACP, RACMA, RACGP, RANZCOG, RANZCP and RANZCR)

► Leading medical authorities ask Parliament to maintain Medevac law 
(Joint statement with RACP, ACEM, ACD, ACRRM, ANZCA, CICM, RACMA, RACGP, RANZCOG and RANZCR)

► Health bodies declare aboriginal youth suicide an urgent national priority 
(Joint statement with NACCHO and RACP)

Queensland doctors call on State Government to save lives
(Joint statement with ACEM, ACRRM, RACGP and AMAQld )

Canadian, New Zealand and Australian medical colleges unite in support of gender equality
(Joint statement as part of the Tri-nation alliance)


Media releases

Psychiatrists back Mendoza’s call for immediate action

16 April 2021

The RANZCP has backed Professor Mendoza’s call for a crisis plan to manage the ‘pandemic surge’ in the mental health system, but emphasised the deeper issues that must be addressed.

Psychiatrists support addressing the issue of veteran suicide

13 April 2021

A statement from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists on veteran suicide.

“South Australians deserve better”: mental health system must be fixed

08 April 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) have called on the South Australian Government to get their house in order and get real about mental health.

Continuation of telehealth essential for mental health

31 March 2021

The RANZCP has called on the Federal Government to extend COVID-19 telehealth, under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), until at least the end of the year.

‘Missing middle need to be seen’ say psychiatrists

29 March 2021

The RANZCP welcomes the release of the ‘Missing Middle’ Reports today launched by Lived Experience Australia.

Psychiatrists fear workforce will soon be dangerously overloaded

25 March 2021

The RANZCP Western Australia Branch has warned the WA Government that their plans for increased mental health beds comes with great risk without additional supporting resources.

NZ psychiatrists call on Australian Government to rethink deportation policy

24 March 2021

The RANZCP has urged the Australian Government to reconsider the controversial 501 deportation policy.

Psychiatrists call on Federal Government to rethink deportation policy

24 March 2021

The RANZCP has urged the Australian Government to reconsider the controversial 501 deportation policy.

Statement on the reporting and misrepresentation of mental health in the media

19 March 2021

The RANZCP seeks to caution journalists and media outlets on the importance of correct and sensitive reporting on mental health in the media.

Psychiatrists urge support for survivors of sexual violence

19 March 2021

The RANZCP has issued a statement of support for survivors of sexual abuse or rape, with the recent high profile coverage greatly increasing the risk of retraumatisation.

Government psychedelic trials announcement supports psychiatrists' position

17 March 2021

The RANZCP has welcomed today’s announcement of a $15 million competitive grant round for Australian clinical trials of potential breakthrough therapies for mental illness.

Psychiatrists call on SA Government for immediate and strong action on mental health

11 March 2021

The RANZCP South Australian Branch echoes concerns about deficiencies in the SA health system and calls for fundamental changes outlined in their 2021-22 budget submission – Prioritising South Australia’s mental health.

Psychiatrists support swift response on mental health system rebuild

04 March 2021

The RANZCP Victorian Branch strongly welcomes the Victorian Government’s rapid action in implementing the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System report.

WA psychiatrists call for more community-based care

03 March 2021

The RANZCP has called on the Western Australian Government and Opposition to follow in Victoria’s footsteps and commit to providing effective, community based mental health crisis, assessment and short-term treatment options as part of their policy platform in the upcoming election.

Mental health rebuild will require many hands

02 March 2021

The RANZCP are encouraged by the long awaited release of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System report.

Psychiatrists support aged care report’s call for person-centred care

01 March 2021

The RANZCP  has signalled its overall support for the recently released Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety report, Care, Dignity and Respect.

Psychiatrists essential in suicide prevention says taskforce

19 February 2021

The RANZCP taskforce on suicide prevention has released a new position statement.

Psychiatrists seek commitment to boost mental health services

15 February 2021

The RANZCP is calling for mental health to be a top priority in the upcoming state election, especially the severe workforce shortage that Western Australia is experiencing in the mental health sector.

Victorian Conversion Practices Bill passes

05 February 2021

The RANZCP Victorian Branch welcomes the passing of the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 as an important step in ensuring LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy is no longer practiced in Victoria.

Psychiatrists raise concerns regarding Conversion Practices Bill

02 February 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Victorian Branch has raised concerns about the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 being put forward to Parliament.

RANZCP welcomes final MBS taskforce review report with some concerns

15 December 2020

The President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), Associate Professor John Allan, has welcomed the report’s findings, culminating five year’s work on how health services can better align with clinical evidence and practice to improve patient outcomes.

WA 2021 election: “Mental health must be a priority”

07 December 2020

With the Western Australian election only three months away, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Western Australia Branch has called on the Government to provide access, for all Western Australians, to a high-quality mental health system which can provide a seamless continuum of care, from acute crisis care to ongoing recovery and rehabilitation services in the community.

Budget’s commitment to mental health found lacking

04 December 2020

The RANZCP Queensland Branch welcomed the Labor Government’s commitment of $979 million to building better hospitals while reiterating the call for more investment in the mental health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.

Psychiatrists discuss COVID-19 and mental health at annual conference

01 December 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic and its impacts on the country’s mental health has taken centre stage on day two of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) annual conference, held in Napier this year.

Psychiatrists strongly support announcement to make telehealth permanent

30 November 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has commended the Federal Government on the announcement of their intention to make telehealth permanently available to Australians.

ADF investigation must be mindful of mental health

23 November 2020

The RANZCP has called on investigators, and the Federal Government, to be mindful of the mental health issues and possible trauma that could be triggered by the recent announcement to investigate alleged wrongdoing by military personnel.

“Not a matter of fund and forget”: sustainability key to mental health future

20 November 2020

RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan has warned the Federal Government that the mental health system cannot survive without significant investment.

Budget bolstered by Productivity Commission mental health report

17 November 2020

The RANZCP Tasmania Branch has welcomed the state government’s investment in the Tasmanian mental health system.

Housing announcement to bridge gap with mental health

17 November 2020

The Andrew’s Government announced $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to be included in next week’s State Budget 2020-21.

Productivity Commission report eleventh hour hope for mental health

16 November 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the Productivity Commission, Mental Health, Inquiry Report and cautioned that the report’s release has come not a moment too soon.

Royal Commission commitment a positive step

13 November 2020

The RANZCP Victorian Branch has welcomed the Victorian Government’s firm commitment to funding recommendations made in the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Interim Report.  

Failure to invest in mental health and wellbeing a concern for psychiatrists

13 November 2020

The RANZCP South Australian Branch has welcomed the $15.1 million allocated in this year’s State Budget to provide increased short-term mental health services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

New positions to ease child and adolescent psychiatry shortage in Victoria

12 November 2020

The RANZCP Victorian Branch has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of funding for specialist training roles in child and adolescent psychiatry to address shortages in this area.

Psychiatrists looking forward to continued relationship with Qld Government

09 November 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Queensland Branch congratulates and welcomes the re-election of Deputy Premier Steven Miles and his reappointment as Health Minister.

Psychiatrists celebrate Indigenous workforce during NAIDOC Week

09 November 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is marking the week with the celebration of psychiatrists, trainees and Psychiatry Interest Forum members who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

NT psychiatrists call for action now on mental health neglect

28 October 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Northern Territory Branch has called on the NT Government to take a cue from Churchill and ‘action this day’ the rescue of Mental Health Service funding from decades of neglect.

Psychiatrists congratulated on appointments to Beyond Blue board

22 October 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the appointment of the two new board directors, Professor Helen Milroy and Dr Jason Lee, both psychiatrists, to the Beyond Blue board.

Call for workforce support to underpin $100 million student wellbeing pledge

20 October 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Queensland Branch welcomes the government’s $100 million announced to support the mental health of all school students if it is re-elected.

Investment in workforce capability for veterans’ mental health applauded

12 October 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed new Budget initiatives to strengthen the capacity of the healthcare workforce to provide more timely, seamless and high quality services to veterans and their families.

Budget’s investment in mental health still wanting on much-needed reforms

07 October 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has used the federal government’s announcement of additional allocations for mental health funding in the 2020–21 Budget to reaffirm its call for more fundamental system reform.

“The time is now”: Psychiatrists call for mental health focus in Federal Budget

05 October 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has called on the government to put mental health planning and spending high on the list of priorities.

 

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