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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

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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.

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 
(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

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.

Psychiatrists to lead smoking cessation education

31 May 2021

The RANZCP is pleased to partner with the Federal Government to develop training resources for psychiatrists and other medical professionals in nicotine cessation.

Psychiatrists call for mental health system review

27 May 2021

The RANZCP Qld Branch has called upon the Queensland Government for an urgent review of the state’s mental health system.

Mental health must be top priority for lockdown

27 May 2021

The RANZCP encourages residents of Victoria to keep their mental health and wellbeing top of mind as we go into a 7-day snap lockdown.

Psychiatrists call for people to get vaccinated

25 May 2021

The RANZCP has encouraged those eligible to go out and get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Psychiatrists welcome record mental health funding in Victorian budget

21 May 2021

The RANZCP applauds the government’s record funding announced in today’s budget, that will improve access to mental health care for all Victorians.

Psychiatrists welcome new President at annual Congress

20 May 2021

Associate Professor Vinay Lakra said his main priorities are progression to fellowship for trainees and SIMGs and raising the profile of psychiatry and advancing its voice in the mental and physical health sectors.

Psychiatry workforce shortage should be top priority

19 May 2021

A panel of psychiatrists led by RANZCP President Associate Professor John Allan has gathered to discuss the issues facing the psychiatric workforce in Australia and New Zealand.

Psychiatrists launch roadmap critical to the future of rural mental health care

18 May 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has, today, launched the RANZCP Rural Psychiatry Roadmap 2021-31: A pathway to equitable and sustainable rural mental health services committed to addressing and supporting regional, rural, and remote psychiatry training pathways. 

More real conversations will help better understand addiction

17 May 2021

Executive Clinical Director of Turning Point and Director of Monash Addiction Research Centre, at Monash University, Professor Dan Lubman AM spoke at the RANZCP 2021 Congress on the power of using real stories to change our conversations around addiction. 

Psychiatrists call on re-elected government to focus on mental health

14 May 2021

The RANZCP has congratulated Premier Peter Gutwein and his party on their re-election to government.

Psychiatrists welcome Budget boost to mental health

12 May 2021

The RANZCP has welcomed several announcements, aimed at strengthening and supporting the mental health sector, with millions of funding toward psychiatry.

COVID-19 telehealth extension brings relief

12 May 2021

The RANZCP has welcomed the confirmed extension of the COVID-19 telehealth psychiatry items announced in last night’s Federal Budget 2021-22.

Psychiatrists welcome new MBS inclusion for major depressive disorders

12 May 2021

The RANZCP has welcomed the Government’s announcement of $288.5 million to list Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) therapy for patients with medication-resistant major depressive disorder.

First steps on the road to recovery

07 May 2021

The RANZCP SA Branch has welcomed the government’s announcement of immediate measures to help ease demand on the mental health system but looks forward to more significant commitment for a greater impact.

 

We need to look through a humanitarian lens on India crisis, says psychiatrists

05 May 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has called on the Federal Government to consider all options to help Australians stranded in India.

Telehealth extension welcomed: psychiatrists await further details

27 April 2021

The RANZCP has applauded the Federal Government’s announcement on the extension of temporary COVID-19 telehealth services under the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) until the end of 2021.

Urgent extra resources needed for mental health crisis say psychiatrists

22 April 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Queensland Branch has called on the Queensland Government for more funding for mental health services to meet increased demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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