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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.


RANZCP Foundation launches 2020 Annual Review

04 June 2021

The RANZCP is pleased to launch the RANZCP Foundation’s 2020 Annual Review.


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.


A look back at the 2021 Congress

25 May 2021

The RANZCP thanks all delegates and presenters who attended last week’s 2021 Congress, and who contributed to an extremely successful and memorable event.


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.


RANZCP congratulates incoming AMA SA President

13 May 2021

The College would like to congratulate RANZCP Fellow Dr Michelle Atchison on beginning her term as President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) South Australian chapter.


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.

 


RANZCP expresses support for the Indian psychiatric community

06 May 2021

The RANZCP wishes to express our strong support for all College members, their families and friends who may be affected by the current devastating wave of COVID-19 cases in India.


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.


2020 Annual Review and Financial Report now available

21 April 2021

The 2020 Annual Review includes a comprehensive review of the year’s activities, including how the College responded to the COVID-19 pandemic last year.


Governments must do more to prevent Indigenous deaths in custody

16 April 2021

The RANZCP has welcomed the release of the NSW Parliament’s Select Committee’s Report On the High Level of First Nations People in Custody and Oversight and Review of Deaths in Custody.


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.


RANZCP Board – Casual Vacancy, Elected Director

08 April 2021

Nominations are now open and close at 5pm AEST on Friday 30 April 2021.


RANZCP 2021 Congress in-person registrations have closed

06 April 2021

With this year’s Congress having received an overwhelming response from delegates, registration for in-person attendance in Hobart has unfortunately now closed.


Reporting for the 2020 CPD year is closed

01 April 2021

The extended reporting period for voluntary reporting of 2020 CPD activities has now ended, and the claim on the My CPD system is now closed.


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.


New Editor for the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

23 March 2021

The RANZCP is delighted to announce that Victorian Fellow Professor Chris Davey has recently been appointed as the new Editor of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP).


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.


Voluntary CPD activities for 2020 recorded until March 31

18 March 2021

Your voluntary CPD activities for 2020 can be recorded until the end of March.


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.


Three month extension of MBS telehealth items confirmed

16 March 2021

An update on the extension of the MBS specialist telehealth item numbers.


Recognising Close the Gap Day 2021

15 March 2021

This week, on Thursday 18 March, is National Close the Gap Day.


RANZCP Committee Elections - now open

11 March 2021

CGRC, Finance, MEC, OTP, Tu Te Akaaka Roa and various Branch committees.


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.


RANZCP Foundation congratulates Fellows awarded new NHMRC Ideas Grants funding

28 February 2021

Nine RANZCP Fellows have recently been awarded funding from the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council as part of the $260 million Ideas Grant scheme.


RANZCP Mentoring Program: applications closing soon

25 February 2021

Applications are closing soon for the 2021 RANZCP Mentoring Program.


Psychiatrists essential in suicide prevention says taskforce

19 February 2021

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


2021 RANZCP President-Elect Election

16 February 2021

Voting has commenced and closes at 5 pm AEDT on 26 March 2021.


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.


Congratulations to our first round of 2021 College award winners

05 February 2021

The College warmly congratulates the first round of winners for the 2021 RANZCP awards.


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.


Update on the TGA’s interim decision on MDMA and Psilocybin

05 February 2021

A College update on the Therapeutic Goods Administration's decision on the rescheduling of MDMA and psilocybin.


Planned maintenance for My CPD

04 February 2021

My CPD will be unavailable from 2 pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 9 February 2021 due to planned maintenance.


Want to become a mentor in 2021? Applications now open

03 February 2021

Applications for mentors RANZCP Mentoring Program will open on Monday, 2 February, and for mentees from 16 February.


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 Fellows recognised in Australia Day 2021 Honours List

29 January 2021

Professor Nicholas Keks AM and Professor Dan Lubman AM awarded the Member of the Order of Australia.


Sertraline 50mg & 100mg tablets

19 January 2021

Medsurge Healthcare currently has a shortage in Australia of Sertraline 50mg & 100mg tablets.


Registration now open for Practice Peer Review Facilitator training

18 January 2021

Registration for the Practice Peer Review facilitator training webinar, on 29 January 2021, are now open.


CPD requirements resume this year

14 January 2021

CPD requirements will resume for Australian and New Zealand psychiatrists this year.


Peer Review Group Annual Survey coming in February

13 January 2021

Peer Review Group Annual Survey will be circulated on 10 February, 2021/


Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie, ONZ, KNZM appointed to the Order of New Zealand

07 January 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates New Zealand Fellow, Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie, ONZ, KNZM on his appointment to the Order of New Zealand in the New Year Honours List for 2021.


My CPD 2021 update

05 January 2021

Now that we’re in the new year, My CPD will automatically default to 2021. Remember to change the year to 2020 if you are finalising the reporting of your 2020 CPD.


Practice Peer Review Pilot applications open

05 January 2021

Applications are now open to be involved in the Practice Peer Review Pilot commencing on the 16th of March until the 31st May 2021.


Independent review of RANZCP Examinations

21 December 2020

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has conducted an independent review of the RANZCP's examinations and associated processes.


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.


Fluoxetine 20mg Capsules (pack of 100)

14 December 2020

Medsurge Healthcare currently has a shortage in Australia of Fluoxetine 20mg Capsules (pack of 100).


The RANZCP Member Wellbeing Survey: thank you for your fantastic response

11 December 2020

The 2020 Member Wellbeing Survey has recently wrapped up with over 1,200 members choosing to participate – an 18.5% response rate that was broadly representative of the College across gender, location and member type.


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.


In the media - National standards to vet quality of online services

01 December 2020

RANZCP President-Elect, Associate Professor Vinay Lakra spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald on the new National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards.


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.


Dr Diana Kopua awarded Dr Maarire Goodall Award 2020

27 November 2020

The RANZCP congratulates Dr Diana Kopua, College Fellow and passionate advocate for Māori Health, on being awarded the Dr Maarire Goodall Award 2020, presented by Te ORA, The Māori Medical Practitioners Associate.


Take advantage of your RANZCP discount to the PEP-Web psychoanalytic e-library

26 November 2020

As an RANZCP member, you can access the PEP-Web psychoanalytic e-library in 2021 for a heavily discounted rate, starting at A$80.


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.


Psychiatrists learn from shared peer experiences

19 November 2020

The Practice Peer Review is being developed to replace the “Practice Visit” activity in the CPD program. 


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.  


Prof. Helen Milroy named WA Australian of the Year 2021

13 November 2020

The College congratulates Professor Helen Milroy on being named the WA Australian of the Year 2021, at a ceremony last night in Perth.


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.


2021 RANZCP President-Elect election

10 November 2020

Nominations are now open and close at 5 pm AEDT Tuesday 15 December 2020.


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.


Managing your private psychiatry practice in a COVID environment – a video from Dr Michelle Atchison

05 November 2020

COVID-19 has resulted in additional challenges and considerations in private practice psychiatry, clinically, organisationally and, as shown in this video from Dr Michelle Atchison, practically as well.


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.


Have your say: STP Scoping Project – Supporting regional, rural and remote training

27 October 2020

The RANZCP has initiated a Specialist Training Program (STP) Scoping Project – Supporting Regional, Rural and Remote Training. This project is designed to strengthen the rural workforce by broadening training opportunities and encouraging rural workforce retention with funding from the Department of Health.


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.


In the media - Psychiatrists call for more mental health spending

06 October 2020

RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan, speaking on ABC News Radio about the 2020 Federal Budget.


“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.


Mindfulness for doctors – an introduction from Dr Linda Kader

02 October 2020

The latest member wellbeing video with Dr Linda Kader, on Mindfullness for Doctors.


Congratulations to Australian Mental Health Prize finalists

02 October 2020

The College congratulates Professor Helen Milroy and Professor Gordon Parker AO for being named as finalists for the 2020 Australian Mental Health Prize.


2021 RANZCP awards and grants now open – apply today!

04 September 2020

Entries for the 2021 round of RANZCP awards, grants and fellowships are now open.


Call for applications – Editor, ANZJP

21 August 2020

Applications for the position of Editor, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry are now open.


 


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