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Improving gender equity in psychiatry

28 January 2022

Starting a conversation about how we can all contribute to gender equity is an important part of promoting an inclusive and supportive College for everyone.


RANZCP Fellows recognised in the Australia Day 2022 Honours Lists

27 January 2022

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is delighted that four of our Fellows were recognised in the Australia Day 2022 Honours Lists.


RANZCP fixing phone support service for trainee psychiatrists

27 January 2022

RANZCP wishes to advise the telephone support service for trainee psychiatrists currently has technical issues.


Applications now open for the 2022 RANZCP Mentoring Program

25 January 2022

Back for its third year, the College is pleased to announce that applications to participate in the RANZCP Mentoring Program have now opened.

Apply online now through the RANZCP Mentoring webpage.


RANZCP welcomes Governor-General as Patron

24 January 2022

The RANZCP is pleased to welcome Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand as Patron of the College. 


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.  


Update RANZCP advocacy – re-instatement of COVID-19 MBS Telehealth items

17 January 2022

The College welcomes the announcement of funding to support psychiatrists and their patients to stay connected, including the re-instatement of specialist inpatient telehealth MBS items via video and phone.


Update RANZCP advocacy - Telehealth

14 January 2022

A further update on the College’s advocacy following the Australian Department of Health’s announcement regarding permanent Telehealth in 2022.


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.


Extended reporting period for 2021 CPD is now open in My CPD

06 January 2022

With the changeover to the new year, 2022 is now the default in the My CPD system.


2022 RANZCP Elected Director Election

05 January 2022

Nominations are open and close on 10 February 2022 at 5 pm AEDT


Updated: vaccines, ethics and obligations for psychiatrists

23 December 2021

Advice is available for psychiatrists around COVID-19 vaccines, including exemptions, patient proof of vaccination and related issues. 


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.


MBS specialist telehealth services from 1 January 2022

16 December 2021

From 1 January 2022, patient access to specialist telehealth services (including those for psychiatry) will be supported by ongoing MBS arrangements.


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.


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

06 December 2021

As an RANZCP member, you can access the PEP-Web psychoanalytic e-library in 2022 for a heavily discounted rate, starting at A$80.


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.


Urgent progress to alternative assessment pathways

01 December 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is committed to delivering alternative pathways for the assessment of candidates following the cancellation of recent clinical exams.


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.


Member support is available if you ever have questions about the CPD Program or the My CPD system

25 November 2021

Member support is available if you ever have questions about the CPD Program or the My CPD system.


Update regarding examination cancellation

24 November 2021

The College is continuing to communicate with impacted candidates and the wider membership on our efforts to address these events and considerations for a way forward. The College takes responsibility for its members and the impact on their lives and careers and again apologises for the significant distress experienced.


RANZCP statement on cancellation of AV OSCEs

20 November 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) wishes to advise that it is with deep regret that today’s Audio Visual (AV) Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) was not able to be delivered satisfactorily.


Congratulations to Professor Ian Hickie AM, joint winner of the 2021 Australian Mental Health Prize

19 November 2021

The RANZCP congratulates NSW Fellow, Professor Ian Hickie AM who has been jointly awarded the 2021 Australian Mental Health Prize alongside mental health advocate, writer and podcaster Ms Honor Eastly.


RANZCP Foundation supports Perinatal Mental Health Week

11 November 2021

This week (7–13 November) is Perinatal Mental Health Week in Australia. This important initiative spotlights the mental health of new and expecting parents.

Professor Megan Galbally, Chair of the RANZCP Section of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry, explains the significance of supporting this area.


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.


rTMS listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule

01 November 2021

From 1 November 2021, new item numbers for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).


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.


Mental health and wellbeing for members: finding the right support

21 October 2021

Access a range of wellbeing supports for yourself, peers and colleagues through the Member wellbeing support hub


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.


Changes coming to My CPD

14 October 2021

My CPD will have an update on 14 October 2021 with new mobile features


Where to find CPD help

14 October 2021

Member support is available if you ever have questions about the CPD Program or the My CPD system.


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.


Psychiatry Workforce Program, Expression of Interest

06 October 2021

The Expression of Interest (EoI) for the Psychiatry Workforce Program (PWP) is now open.


Dr Ken Fielke OAM to present the RANZCP 2021 Barton Pope Lecture

04 October 2021

The South Australia Branch invites members from around Australia and New Zealand to attend the 2021 Barton Pope Lecture, to be held on Monday 11 October 2021 at 7 pm ACDT at the Loxton High School Theatre.


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.


Consultation begins for the new ranzcp.org website

29 September 2021

A project to redevelop the RANZCP website has begun, with initial consultation and research happening during last half of 2021.


Expression of Interest for the Military Veteran’s Psychiatry Training Program

28 September 2021

The Expression of Interest (EoI) for the Military and Veterans’ Psychiatry Training Program (MVPTP) is now open.


Complete expiring Learnit modules by 30 November

22 September 2021

A number of Learnit modules will be retired at the end of 2021 as part of the regular review of College education resources.

These modules must be completed by 30 November 2021 to be counted for CPD hours.

 


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.


RANZCP Foundation congratulates psychiatrists awarded NHMRC Investigator Grants funding

20 September 2021

Six RANZCP Fellows have recently been awarded Investigator Grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).


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.


Update on RANZCP Position Statement on Gender Dysphoria

16 September 2021

The RANZCP has published its Position Statement on Gender Dysphoria.


RANZCP signs open letter on climate change

15 September 2021

The RANZCP has signed an open letter to the Australian Government on climate change.


Update on MBS Telehealth items for private inpatients

15 September 2021

An update on MBS telehealth items.


RANZCP member wellbeing: findings from our 2020 survey

10 September 2021

A new report with the results of the 2020 RANZCP member wellbeing survey has just been released.


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.


Is your 2021 CPD on track?

06 September 2021

Are you on track to complete your 2021 CPD?


Vision of 80/80 in 2031 – an open letter

06 September 2021

An open letter on family, domestic and sexual violence services 10 years from today.


Health regulators on getting reliable advice on COVID-19 and vaccines

06 September 2021

Ahpra joint statement on COVID-19 and vaccine advice.


2022 College awards and grants now open

01 September 2021

Entries for the 2022 round of RANZCP awards and grants are now open.


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.


Statement of support for military veterans

19 August 2021

The RANZCP expresses support for military veterans and current service members who are distressed by the events occuring in Afghanistan.


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.


Peer Review Group update for NSW

03 August 2021

The Meeting as a virtual Peer Review Group Guide provides basic information on the freely available options of some of the more well-known providers of virtual conferencing applications.


Psychiatrists welcome Government’s Dawn Raids apology

03 August 2021

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


A look back at the 2021 Congress

21 July 2021

After the cancellation of most conferences in 2020, and only limited opportunities to come together in person to learn and network, the RANZCP was delighted to be able to host a COVID-safe Congress in May this year with over 880 delegates attending in Hobart, and close to 500 delegates participating virtually.


Update from the RANZCP Steering Group

09 July 2021

Update from the RANZCP Steering Group for evidence-informed mental health care of children and adolescents experiencing gender dysphoria.


Telehealth update for members

09 July 2021

Update on telehealth from the RANZCP.


RANZCP Foundation announces new Catalyst Grants program

07 July 2021

Applications for the RANZCP Foundation Catalyst Grants are now open and will close at 9am (AEST) on Friday, 20 August 2021.


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.


RANZCP Fellows recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List

18 June 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is delighted that four of our Fellows were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours Lists for both Australia and New Zealand.


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.


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.


2021 RANZCP President-Elect election

10 November 2020

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


 


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