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

Tel +61 437 315 911

Media access to RANZCP Journals

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

Joint statements

NSW Government delay on Ice Inquiry recommendations is costing lives
(Joint statement with RACP, RACGP, AMA NSW)

Family, domestic and sexual violence - A perspective from the future
(Joint statement with University of Sydney, Illawarra Women's Healt Clinic, Medecins sans Frontieres)

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 

Leading medical authorities ask Parliament to maintain Medevac law 

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 commend government’s swift action on telehealth fixes

17 January 2022

RANZCP has commended the government for its quick response in addressing key services gaps in the new telehealth arrangements.  

Psychiatrists call on government to urgently address telehealth service gaps

13 January 2022

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has written to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, calling for urgent changes to the new permanent telehealth arrangements.

Don’t forget the mental health pandemic

23 December 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Queensland Branch has welcomed the announcement of a $200 million funding boost for Queensland health services in anticipation of an increase in COVID-19 cases.

RANZCP commends Government investment in permanent telehealth

14 December 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has commended the Federal Government on its investment of $308.6 million to strengthen health care delivery for all and specifically the $106 million to make telehealth a permanent feature of our health care system.

AMC gives RANZCP green light to implement alternative assessment pathways

14 December 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed approval by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) of its proposal for alternative assessment pathways for candidates affected by the recent Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) cancellation.

RANZCP looks to Victorian Government for investment in mental health workforce

13 December 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Victorian Government’s $18.4 million funding increase to mental health training for junior doctors in anticipation of the additional workforce investment.

Psychiatrists welcome timely terms of reference for Queensland inquiry

03 December 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Queensland Branch welcomes the release of the terms of reference for the new parliamentary inquiry into mental health services in Queensland.

New report further highlights pressure facing New Zealand psychiatrists

26 November 2021

The Tu Te Akaaka Roa – the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand National Committee has welcomed a new report, which highlights the increasing burden and stresses many psychiatrists are facing in their work.

New report signals time for action to ensure better patient care

04 November 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the final report of the Select Committee’s inquiry into Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

New MBS listing to support patients with major depressive disorders

01 November 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the listing of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) therapy on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Vaccination is crucial to protect Aotearoa New Zealand against COVID-19

29 October 2021

Tu Te Akaaka Roa – the New Zealand National Committee at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), has reiterated support for vaccination as a key health measure to protect against COVID-19.

New Zealand psychiatrists call for an increase to the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

15 October 2021

The RANZCP has called for the minimum age of criminal responsibility to be raised in New Zealand.

Children’s mental health strategy paving the way to a mental health rebuild

13 October 2021

The RANZCP has welcomed the National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, recently launched by the Australian Government.

Joint statement on NSW Ice Inquiry

07 October 2021

A joint statement on the NSW Ice Inquiry with RACP, RACGP and AMA NSW.

Survey shows psychiatrists in Aotearoa New Zealand under more pressure than ever

29 September 2021

A recent survey shows that specialist mental health and addiction services are currently under significant stress in Aotearoa.

We must prioritise mental health during COVID

22 September 2021

Psychiatrists from all over New Zealand, have dialled in virtually to the RANZCP 2021 New Zealand Conference to discuss the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Psychiatrists log in to mental health

16 September 2021

Mental health professionals from all over New Zealand and abroad will dial in for the RANZCP 3-day 2021 New Zealand Conference from 22-24 September 2021.

Psychiatrists welcome budget mental health spend, but more needs to be done

09 September 2021

The RANZCP WA Branch has welcomed the mental health measures handed down in the Western Australian State Budget 2021-22 as a good start and a promising sign.

Governments must prioritise mental health message during COVID, say psychiatrists

01 September 2021

The RANZCP has described the impact of COVID restrictions, on the mental health and wellbeing of our communities as very concerning.

Victorian psychiatrists call for careful consideration on new legislation

31 August 2021

The RANZCP has welcomed the development of the new Victorian Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2021.

Mental health budget boost a positive start for Tasmanians

27 August 2021

The RANZCP Tasmanian Branch has welcomed the mental health announcements included in the Tasmanian Budget 2021-22.

Psychiatrists call for increased support for Afghani asylum seekers

25 August 2021

The RANZCP has expressed concerns for the humanitarian and mental health crisis emerging after the resurgence of Taliban activity in Afghanistan.

Victorian psychiatrists concerned for youth mental health

19 August 2021

The RANZCP Victorian Branch has expressed deep concern for the mental health and wellbeing of our state’s youth.

Psychiatrists call for action on climate change to protect youth mental health

12 August 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has expressed concern at the alarming impacts of climate change found in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis report.

Lockdowns causing severe impact on psychiatry services

05 August 2021

The RANZCP has called on the Federal Government to implement MBS item numbers for the delivery of psychiatry services to private hospital inpatients via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Psychiatrists welcome Government’s Dawn Raids apology

03 August 2021

The RANZCP welcomes the New Zealand Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids.

Statement on recent lockdowns across Australia

30 June 2021

The RANZCP has reminded people to check in with their mental health and wellbeing during this difficult time.

RANZCP welcomes extension for Mental Health and Wellbeing Act consultation

23 June 2021

The RANZCP Vic Branch has welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision to extend the consultation period for the review of the Mental Health Act.

Psychiatrists welcome record mental health spend

22 June 2021

The RANZCP NSW Branch has applauded the New South Wales Government’s funding announcements for mental health, handed down in the NSW State Budget 2021-2022.

Budget provides first steps but long way ahead for mental health

22 June 2021

The RANZCP SA Branch has welcomed the $163 million mental health package handed down in the South Australian State Budget 2021-22 as a good start and a promising sign, however emphasised much more will be needed to fix the system.

Ground-breaking child and adolescent mental health investment by NSW Government

21 June 2021

The RANZCP NSW Branch has congratulated Minister Taylor, Premier Berejiklian and Treasurer Perottet on this critical investment in MH services for children and adolescents in NSW.

Qld Govt budget fails the public on mental health spending say psychiatrists 

16 June 2021

The RANZCP Qld Branch has criticised the Queensland Government on the lack of mental health support outlined in the State Budget 2021-22.

Psychiatrists call for mental health priority in upcoming Budget

10 June 2021

The RANZCP has urged the Queensland Government to commit to a clear and comprehensive strategy for reform of the Queensland mental health system in the upcoming State Budget.

Psychiatrists call to reunite Biloela family

09 June 2021

The RANZCP has called upon the Federal Government to reunite the Biloela family as the youngest daughter receives medical care in Perth.

Psychiatrists express concern at Danila Dilba situation

08 June 2021

The RANZCP has expressed its concern regarding the recent news of the imminent closure of the Danila Dilba Clinic to new patients.

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.

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.


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