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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 also available for comment to the media on issues relevant to psychiatry and mental health.

For media enquiries please contact:

Andy Newton
Senior Manager, Communications
T +61 (0)3 9601 4982
media@ranzcp.org

Or ranzcp@ranzcp.org

For older news, please visit our News Archive.


Media releases

RANZCP welcomes Ms Moe Milne as Kaumātua

18 April 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) extends a warm welcome to Ms Moe Milne as recently appointed Kaumātua.
 

Report shows stark reality of Victoria’s mental health system

12 April 2019

Victorian Branch Chair Richard Newton responds to the Victorian Auditor General's report, Access to Mental Health Services.

RANZCP Foundation to be launched at 2019 Congress

04 April 2019

The College is pleased to announce that the newly established RANZCP Foundation will officially be launched at Congress 2019 by President-Elect, Associate Professor John Allan.

RANZCP welcomes $736.6 million investment to improve mental health

03 April 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the $736.6 million investment in mental health announced last night in the Government’s 2019–2020 federal budget.

Chronic pain is a mental health issue, too

28 March 2019

Debilitating chronic pain affects more than 1 in 5 New Zealanders and is increasing among New Zealanders who are over 55, particularly for Māori, according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). 

A message from the New Zealand National Committee of the RANZCP

20 March 2019

The New Zealand National Committee (Tu Te Akaaka Roa) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) views the brutal and racist attack on two mosques in Christchurch as an attack on all citizens of New Zealand.

RANZCP statement in response to the Christchurch shootings

15 March 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) expresses its concern and deep sadness at the terrifying events in Christchurch this afternoon.

RANZCP President launches Competency Standards Framework for Clinicians

28 February 2019

The RANZCP President and Chair of the Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Partnership, Dr Kym Jenkins, has launched a new Competency Standards Framework for Clinicians at the RANZCP Head Office.
 

RANZCP welcomes terms of reference and appointment of commissioners

25 February 2019

The Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP Victorian Branch) welcomes the terms of reference and the commissioners appointed to lead Victoria's first Royal Commission into Mental Health.

RANZCP supports the introduction of pill-testing trials for harm reduction

22 January 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) recognises the public health benefits of pill-testing services as part of a harm reduction approach to drug policy in Australia and New Zealand.

RANZCP welcomes He Ara Oranga report into mental health and addiction

06 December 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ New Zealand National Committee – Tu Te Akaaka Roa – welcomes the much anticipated report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.

Much anticipated guidelines provide most up-to-date advice for treatment of anxiety disorders

04 December 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has published new clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of adults with panic disorder, social anxiety disorder (SAD) and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

RANZCP supports changes to allow urgent mental healthcare for children and families on Nauru

04 December 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) joins other medical colleges in their call for legislative change to allow for the urgent removal of critically ill children and their families held in immigration detention at the recommendation of qualified medical professionals.
 

Psychiatrists look forward to Victorian Government action on mental health

26 November 2018

The Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP Victorian Branch) congratulates the Victorian Government on its re-election and looks forward to working with them on the promised royal commission into mental health.
 

RANZCP welcomes new Queensland mental health plan

22 November 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists supports the Queensland Mental Health Commission’s new plan, Shifting minds: Queensland Mental Health, Alcohol and Oher Drugs Strategic Plan 2018–2023.

RANZCP statement in response to the recent Bourke Street event

12 November 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) would like to express its concern and deep sadness at the devastating events in Bourke Street, Melbourne on Friday afternoon.
 

Statement in response to reports on Victorian Supreme Court ruling

02 November 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) affirms that a person should be supported to make their own decisions about treatment where possible, and that informed consent respects patient autonomy and protects human rights.

Promised Royal Commission supported but action needed now, psychiatrists say

24 October 2018

The Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP Victorian Branch) welcomes Premier Daniel Andrews’ promise to establish a Royal Commission into Mental Health if re-elected, but emphasises that action is needed now to meet the needs of people with mental illness.

National apology an important step for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse

23 October 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) commends the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, on his national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

RANZCP urges government to remove children and their families from Nauru

19 October 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) reaffirms its opposition to the prolonged and indefinite immigration detention of children and their families, and urges the Australian Government to remove them from Nauru.

Mental health in ED summit a step towards improving patient care and experiences

19 October 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) on a successful Mental Health in Emergency Department Summit.

Religious Freedom Review recommendations raise concerns for LGBTQ mental health

18 October 2018

In response to recent media reports arising from the Religious Freedom Review, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is concerned that changes enshrining further discrimination are likely to increase the mental health problems for people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities.

RANZCP supports New Zealand Government on Child Poverty Reduction Bill

08 October 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists warmly welcomes the New Zealand Prime Minister’s announcement that the Child Poverty Reduction Bill has been reported back to the House with cross-party support. The RANZCP commends the Government on progressing this historic Bill.

2019 RANZCP President Elect - Call for nominations

28 September 2018

Nominations now open for the President Elect position on the RANZCP Board.

RANZCP calls for an end to the policy of children in immigration detention

21 September 2018

In response to recent media reports about the children on Nauru, the RANZCP would like to restate its opposition to the prolonged and indefinite detention of child asylum seekers.
 

RANZCP welcomes announcement of a Royal Commission into Australian aged care sector

17 September 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the federal government's decision to establish a Royal Commission into aged care, and hopes that the inquiry will shed a light on issues within the sector and lead to targeted investment in improving aged care services across Australia.
 

With 100% of NSW in drought the RANZCP urges farming communities to look after their mental health

10 August 2018

New figures from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) show that 100% of New South Wales is in drought, with almost a quarter classified as being in intense drought. With unseasonably dry conditions projected to continue in the following months, how can we help support the mental health of Australia’s rural and remote communities? 

Investment required in appropriate mental health facilities to treat people in justice system

03 July 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerned about reports of a psychiatric patient being kept in prison because of a lack of appropriate high security mental health facilities.