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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

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.

Joint statements

► Medical decisions should be made by medical professionals  [PDF; 248 KB]
(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 [PDF; 212 KB]
(Joint statement with RACP, ACEM, ACD, ACRRM, ANZCA, CICM, RACMA, RACGP, RANZCOG and RANZCR)

► Health bodies declare aboriginal youth suicide an urgent national priority [PDF; 114 KB]
(Joint statement with NACCHO and RACP)

Queensland doctors call on State Government to save lives [PDF; 148 KB]
(Joint statement with ACEM, ACRRM, RACGP and AMAQld )

Canadian, New Zealand and Australian medical colleges unite in support of gender equality [PDF; 147 KB]
(Joint statement as part of the Tri-nation alliance)


Media releases

Doctors best placed to make health care decisions about asylum seekers

05 December 2019

The President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), Associate Professor John Allan, has expressed his disappointment at the Senate vote to repeal the Medevac legislation.

Victoria leading NSW on mental health reform

02 December 2019

The NSW Government needs to follow the lead of Victoria in committing to sweeping reform of the mental health system with new sustainable investment to deliver better health outcomes for people living with mental ill health.

Members’ Advisory Council supports RANZCP call to #saveMedevac

25 November 2019

With the Senate expected to vote on the repeal of the Medevac Bill this week, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has renewed calls for the Senate to heed the unified advice of Australia’s leading medical colleges.

RANZCP past-President congratulated on new role with peak medical body

21 November 2019

President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), Associate Professor John Allan, extends his warm congratulations to Dr Kym Jenkins on assuming the position of Chair for the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC).

“Medical decisions should be made by medical professionals” – Alliance of medical authorities appeals to Parliament to save Medevac

14 November 2019

The presidents of leading medical colleges across Australia are appealing to the Senate to maintain the Medevac legislation and the Independent Health Advice Panel (IHAP) process.

The RANZCP calls on Senate to heed advice of medical authorities

13 November 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has called on the Australian Parliament to heed the advice given by 11 of Australia’s leading medical bodies.

Misuse of restrictive practices in aged care deeply concerning say psychiatrists

04 November 2019

The confronting Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Interim report: Neglect, confirms the need for an urgent overhaul of Australia’s aged care system says the principal body representing psychiatrists.

Psychiatrists call for urgent action on things we can do right now

04 November 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) calls on the Australian Government to act on key recommendations of the Productivity Commissions Draft Report without delay.

Peak psychiatry body welcomes inquiry’s focus on workforce shortages

31 October 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the comprehensive draft report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health which identifies key areas for reform in Australia’s mental health sector, in particular the importance placed on early intervention.

Leading medical authorities ask Parliament to maintain Medevac law

14 October 2019

The presidents of leading medical colleges are united in asking the Australian Parliament to maintain the Medevac legislation and the Independent Health Advice Panel (IHAP) process.

RANZCP President’s new taskforce to tackle suicide prevention

10 October 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is putting together a new taskforce to better channel the efforts of psychiatry and achieve a meaningful reduction of suicide and deliberate self-harm in our communities.

Psychiatrists hold debate to weed out issues around cannabis referendum

20 September 2019

With the public referendum on the legalisation of the personal use of cannabis at the 2020 general election looming, psychiatrists have taken to the stage to debate the topic at New Zealand’s annual psychiatric conference.

Study finds more needs to be done on dementia awareness

19 September 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is calling for a greater effort in improving dementia awareness, with a focus on providing the information people need, rather than what they already know.

New Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy fits hand in glove with wider work of NZ psychiatrists

29 August 2019

The Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand National Committee – Tu Te Akaaka Roa, Dr Mark Lawrence, commends the government on the launch of its new Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

RANZCP President welcomes plans for mental health and suicide prevention

16 August 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Health Minister Greg Hunt’s announcement that mental health and suicide prevention are at the top of the government’s priorities.

NZ Psychiatrists tautoko Government handling of synthetic drugs Bill

16 August 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the successful passing of Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill through parliament, by the New Zealand Government.

Psychiatrists support New Zealanders’ views on advertising of prescription medicines

13 August 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) commends New Zealanders and the health sector on expressing a strong preference to ban advertising of prescription medicine.

Australian Parliament urged to retain vital medical panel

25 July 2019

The President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), Associate Professor John Allan, has urged the Australian Parliament to continue the Independent Health Advice Panel (IHAP) established earlier this year under the Medevac legislation.

Concerns over mental health impact of deportation on NZ nationals

22 July 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is renewing its call to the Australian Government to re-assess its deportation policies and practices when it comes to New Zealand nationals.

The time for alcohol law reform is now

19 July 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) tautoko The New Zealand Medical Journal’s call for the strengthening of alcohol regulations to reduce the negative impact of alcohol on New Zealanders’ mental health and wellbeing.

Productivity Commission report into supporting veterans a step in the right direction

12 July 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the release of the Productivity Commission report A Better Way to Support Veterans into the system of the compensation and rehabilitation for veterans.

Workforce shortage hinders fight against ice addiction in WA

01 July 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Western Australian Branch (RANZCP WA Branch) has expressed concern about the increasing use of methamphetamine (commonly known as ‘ice’) across Western Australia (WA) and the lack of specialist addiction psychiatrists to address this burden. 

RANZCP statement in response to death at Fiona Stanley Hospital

21 June 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Western Australian Branch (RANZCP WA Branch) expresses deep sadness at the death of a woman admitted to Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) last week.

Public mental health confidence crisis not addressed

21 June 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists New South Wales Branch (RANZCP NSW Branch) welcomes the government’s budget commitment to deliver on election promises for perinatal beds and the improvement in eating disorder services.

An opportunity to lift the wellbeing of all New Zealanders

12 June 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the promise by the New Zealand Government of an independent commission to oversee mental health and addiction services.

Wellbeing Budget 2019 cautiously welcomed by psychiatrists

07 June 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand National Committee – Tu Te Akaaka Roa – cautiously welcomed the announcements on mental health and addiction in the Wellbeing Budget 2019.

A step towards remedying Victoria’s psychiatry workforce shortages

29 May 2019

The Victorian Budget 2019–2020 provides welcome measures to ease psychiatry workforce pressures in Victoria’s mental health system, while the recommendations of the current royal commission are awaited.

QLD psychiatrists call for extra community mental health funding

22 May 2019

Community mental health services in Queensland have insufficient staff to carry out their work, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Queensland Branch (RANZCP QLD Branch) has warned.

Psychiatrists look forward to working with re-elected government

21 May 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the re-election of the Coalition Government on the weekend.

WA Government Meth Plan positive but action needed now, psychiatrists say

09 May 2019

The Western Australian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP WA Branch) welcomes the announcement by Premier Mark McGowan of the investment of $42.5 million in addressing the harm caused by methamphetamine.
 

RANZCP calls for urgent action on crisis mental health care for all

09 May 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) along with other peak bodies, health professionals, people with lived experience of mental illness and carers calls on governments to urgently improve the quality of crisis mental health care for all Australians.
 

Advertising medicines more likely to cause harm than benefit

08 May 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) strongly opposes the targeted advertising of prescription medicines and medical devices directly to end users.
 

RANZCP calls for shift in mental health system design and investment

03 May 2019

Even though almost half (45%) of all Australians experience one or more mental illness in their lifetime, less than half of those (46%) access treatment each year.
 

Mental health and addiction faces four challenges

01 May 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) New Zealand National Committee – Tu Te Akaaka Roa – tautoko the key principles in the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry’s report, He Ara Oranga, but identified four high-level priority areas not yet given sufficient attention.
 

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.

 

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