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College statement in response to Sri Lanka attacks

23 April 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) expresses its deep concern and sadness at the senseless and brutal attacks that occurred in Sri Lanka, on Easter Sunday.
 


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.
 


Final report on review of the family law system

15 April 2019

The Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) report, Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System was tabled in Parliament yesterday by Attorney-General Christian Porter MP.
 


Faculty of Psychotherapy 2019 Conference: Early bird registration extended

15 April 2019

Early bird registration has been extended and will now close on Tuesday 23 April 2019 at 5 pm (AEST) for the RANZCP Faculty of Psychotherapy 2019 Conference.


Apply now – Scholarly Project grants for trainees in an STP or IRTP post

12 April 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has grants of up to $750 available for trainees working in a post funded by the Specialist Training Program (STP), including Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) posts.


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.


2018 Certificates of CPD completion are now available

11 April 2019

Certificates of CPD completion are now available for members who have not been selected for the annual audit.
 


New ECT guidelines help psychiatrists to improve patient outcomes

11 April 2019

The RANZCP has published new Professional Practice Guidelines (PPG) to provide practical guidance for psychiatrists prescribing and administering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).


Call for nominations – RANZCP Board Director (casual vacancy)

05 April 2019

The RANZCP is now calling for nominations to fill the casual vacancy on the RANZCP Board for a Director.


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.


The benefits of e-mental health treatments and interventions – new RANZCP position statement

04 April 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has released a new position statement outlining the benefits and issues associated with e-mental health tools.
 


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.


2019 RANZCP President-Elect election outcome

01 April 2019

The ballot to elect the President-Elect closed on 21 March 2019. Dr Vinay Lakra has been elected to the position of President-Elect.


Victorian Royal Commission community consultation sessions announced

29 March 2019

This week the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System launched its website and announced that the first round of community consultations will begin in early April.


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). 


Raising awareness on national Close the Gap Day

21 March 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) supports Close the Gap Day as an important opportunity to reflect on the social and health disparities present between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.


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 Fellow appointed commissioner to royal commission

06 March 2019

The College congratulates RANZCP Fellow, Dr Alex Cockram, on her appointment as a Commissioner of the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health.


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.
 


Register for Congress 2019 by 1 March and pay the early bird rate

26 February 2019

Book your place at RANZCP 2019 Congress now to avoid missing out on early bird registration – closing this Friday 1 March 2019.


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.


Independent Health Advice Panel

20 February 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received a request from the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs regarding the establishment of an Independent Health Advice Panel.


The College welcomes new Executive Manager for Education and Training

19 February 2019

We welcome Ms Anna Lyubomirsky to her new role as Executive Manager, Education and Training, with the College.


Continuing to practice and support reconciliation

13 February 2019

Today, Wednesday 13 February 2019, marks the 11th anniversary of former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s apology on behalf of the Australian Government to the Stolen Generations whose lives had been blighted by past government policies of forced child removal and Indigenous assimilation.


Exam preparation grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees

12 February 2019

Grants of up to $3,000 are available to access exam preparation workshops in 2019 and 2020. Apply now.


President-Elect elections – update

11 February 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is conducting an election for the position of President-Elect on the RANZCP Board.


President-Elect voting now open

11 February 2019

Voting is now open for the RANZCP President-Elect.


InTrain is now live for Australian trainees

30 January 2019

RANZCP’s new online training administration system, InTrain, is now available for all Australian trainees. InTrain allows for the online submission and approval of key training documents, replacing the current paper-based system.


Interested in joining a RANZCP committee? Nominations are open

30 January 2019

Nominations for a variety of College committee positions are now open.


InTrain webinars for supervisors and trainees

25 January 2019

The College will be releasing its new training administration system, InTrain, in Australia for the start of the February 2019 rotation. InTrain has already released for New Zealand trainees and supervisors.


Register now for IMS 2019: ‘Visioning the impact of advanced technology on medical education’

23 January 2019

At the Tri-Nation Alliance annual International Medical Symposium (IMS 2019), speakers from around the world will share their knowledge and experience of how technology is changing the way we approach medical education.


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.


Australasian Psychiatry is moving online – final print issue is December 2018

18 December 2018

A reminder that Australasian Psychiatry will be moving to a predominantly online format in 2019 and members will no longer automatically receive print copies of the journal.


My CPD default year will change to 2019

10 December 2018

From 1 January 2019, the default year on the My CPD system will become 2019.


Newly established Faculty of Adult Psychiatry open for membership now

10 December 2018

In August this year, the RANZCP Board approved the establishment of the Faculty of Adult Psychiatry (FADLP). Membership of the Faculty is now open and we are calling on members to formally notify us of their intention to join.


PMHCCN Award: applications now open for Trainees

07 December 2018

RANZCP trainees can enter this award for a chance to receive A$1,000 in prize money and a certificate presented at the annual RANZCP Congress.


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.


Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) program: applications now open for Funding Round 4

05 December 2018

Rural and remote Fellows in Australia, apply now for an SRSA Funding Round 4 grant to help support some of the costs of your CPD activities.


RANZCP clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of anxiety disorders now available

04 December 2018

The RANZCP has published new clinical practice guidelines (CPG) to provide practical clinical guidance for the treatment of adults with panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder.
 


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.
 


New journal article by Fellows and trainees on psychiatry trainee welfare

30 November 2018

An Australasian Psychiatry article entitled ‘Psychiatry trainee welfare – from words to action’ by RANZCP Fellows and trainees discusses lived experiences of burnout and provides practical advice to colleagues in order to improve welfare.


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.
 


E-cigarettes and vaporisers – new RANZCP position statement

26 November 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has released a new position statement in support of the legalisation and regulation of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and other vaporised nicotine products.


Trisno Family Research Grant in Old Age Psychiatry: applications closing 30 November

23 November 2018

Applications close shortly for the Trisno Family Research Grant in Old Age Psychiatry, which provides funding of up to A$5,000 to support new research in this area.


Medical use of cannabinoids – RANZCP clinical memorandum

22 November 2018

The College has recently released a new clinical memorandum to provide information to psychiatrists on the medical use of cannabinoids in psychiatry, including potential safety concerns.


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.


My Health Record – opt-out period extended to 31 January 2019

14 November 2018

Around 17 million Australians will be automatically enrolled into the e-health records system, My Health Record, if they do not opt out by Thursday 31 January 2019.


RANZCP signs memorandum of understanding with Fiji National University

14 November 2018

The College is celebrating a landmark step with Fiji National University after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which agrees to promote, strengthen and enhance cooperation in the areas of research, education and faculty development.


New vox pop engagement initiative goes live on RANZCP homepage

13 November 2018

A new online engagement initiative for members is now live on the RANZCP homepage.

 


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.
 


President Elect candidates announced

08 November 2018

Candidates announced


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.


New help desk for My CPD

31 October 2018

A new online help desk has been established to answer CPD enquiries.


New CPD system now available

24 October 2018

The upgrade of the My CPD system is now complete.


College formally commits to Tri-nation Alliance

24 October 2018

Last week a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) and other medical colleges in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.


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.


History, Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry conference hosted in Hong Kong

18 October 2018

The College congratulates Professor Michael TH Wong, Chair of the Section of History, Philosophy and Ethics, and convenor of the 20th Annual Conference of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry, on the success of the conference.


2018 Australian Mental Health Prize finalists announced

15 October 2018

The College is delighted to congratulate Ms Janne McMahon and Professor Gavin Andrews who are amongst six mental health professionals selected as finalists for the 2018 Australian Mental Health Prize.


RANZCP Fellows selected for Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission Advisory Panel

12 October 2018

Following the creation of the $125 million Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, has established an Advisory Panel to help identify research priorities and inform the design of the Mission’s research grant programs.


New ACEM report on mental health presentations to emergency departments

11 October 2018

A new report released by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) suggests emergency departments are failing to adequately fulfil their role as a timely and accessible entry point to the mental health system.
 


Entries for the RANZCP awards and grants are now open

10 October 2018

Would you like extra funding to support a research project?

Have you authored a significant psychiatric research paper?

Perhaps you know of a psychiatrist whose work deserves recognition?


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.


My CPD upgrade

05 October 2018

The College has been listening to member feedback and an upgrade of My CPD online portal is on its way.
 


New jobs in psychiatry career centre launching soon

04 October 2018

An exciting new jobs board and career centre will be launched later this year. Aimed at helping you find the right job, the new career centre will offer an improved job seeking experience.


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.
 


Position Statement 38: Mental Health and HIV/AIDS now available

13 September 2018

An updated Position Statement from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists looks at the interaction between HIV/AIDS and mental health. 


Winners and losers from the South Australian budget

10 September 2018

Didn’t attend the South Australian budget lock up? Click through to read all about the state government’s key health commitments. 


RANZCP to present to the Inquiry into the mental health conditions experienced by first responders

05 September 2018

The RANZCP will present its submission to the Inquiry into the mental health conditions experienced by first responders on Wednesday 5 September.  


Caring Fairly is a new report that looks at the true cost of caring for someone with a mental illness

29 August 2018

Right now more than 2 million Australians are providing unpaid care to a loved one with a mental illness, this often comes at the cost of lost education and employment opportunities.


Updated comment from RANZCP on status of the training posts at Royal Hobart Hospital

29 August 2018

Provisional accreditation for the training posts in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital has been restored.


Health leaders call for increased mental health support for people with intellectual disability

28 August 2018

Australians with intellectual disability experience very high rates of mental ill-health, and face multiple barriers to care. Now a group of Australian health experts are calling for change.


Dowry abuse – RANZCP calls for legislative changes to reduce harms to women

23 August 2018

A new submission from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is calling for an end to dowry practices in 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? 


CPD 2017 – Audit Update

10 August 2018

We are well ahead of schedule with the 2017 CPD audit


Healthy body, healthy mind

09 August 2018

The latest report in the Australian Health and Policy Collaboration Health looks at how the risks of ongoing physical health conditions can contribute to a wide range of mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.


Increased privacy protections for My Health Record

01 August 2018

A new amendment to the My Health Record Act will mean that no information from the record can be released to police or government agencies, for any purpose, without a court order.  


RANZCP signs pact to improve ethical interactions in Aus healthcare systems

31 July 2018

A new consensus framework endorsed by the RANZCP aims to protect patient interests and expand efforts to improve ethical interactions in Australian healthcare 


Medical Board of Australia changes policy of naming doctors under investigation

30 July 2018

The July 27 announcement from the Medical Board of Australia means that doctors who have been involved in disciplinary hearings with no adverse findings will no longer be named on the public register. 


Mental health organisations collaborate to launch #YouCanTalk

20 July 2018

#YouCanTalk is a new suicide prevention campaign that aims to give people the confidence to talk about suicide. 


RANZCP welcomes government report into termination of pregnancy laws in Queensland

20 July 2018

A new report from the Queensland Law Commission on the state’s termination of pregnancy laws has been released.  


The ‘My Health Record’ opt out period begins, here’s what you need to know

16 July 2018

From 16 July, people who do not want their medical records stored on the ‘My Health Record’ system will have three months to opt out. 


Changes to how Learnit modules are added to CPD records

09 July 2018

From 16 July 2018, completed Learnit modules will record against the matching section on your CPD record.


Applications are now open for the RANZCP research and education grants

09 July 2018

Calling all members! Applications are now open for the RANZCP Research and Education Foundation and RANZCP New Investigator Grants


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.


 


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