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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.


Shortage of Nardil (phenelzine)

22 October 2020

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has authorised two sponsors to supply an overseas-registered brand of phenelzine under Section 19A of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.


Parnate / Tranylcypromine 10 mg film coated tablet

22 October 2020

PARNATE Tranylcypromine 10mg film coated tablet (ARTG 174086) is currently unavailable in Australia from 1 November 2020 until 7 December 2020 due to manufacturing issues.


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.


In the media - COVID19 mental health effects on young people

30 September 2020

Dr Kerryn Rubin on ABC Radio Melbourne about the mental health effects of COVID-19 on young people.


Proposed new Omnibus Bill potentially harmful to mentally ill

29 September 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Victorian Branch has expressed concern for the potential impact of the proposed new policing powers, outlined in the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill.


Psychiatrists welcome national suicide data website

29 September 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the launch of the Suicide & self-harm monitoring website by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).


Psychiatrists welcome appointment of new Vic Mental Health Minister

29 September 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Victorian Branch welcomes the announcement of Deputy Premier, the Hon. James Merlino, as the new Victorian Minister for Mental Health.


Associate Professor Sam Harvey on supporting doctors’ mental health during COVID-19

25 September 2020

Associate Professor Sam Harvey on supporting doctors’ mental health during COVID-19.


Te Whare Tapa Whā helps us to reimagine being well together

25 September 2020

A message from the Chair of Tu Te Akaaka Roa – New Zealand National Committee for Mental Health Week.


Concern for suicide and family violence cluster in Melbourne’s cultural communities

25 September 2020

Concerns for vulnerabilities experienced by women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, drawing specific attention to the barriers South Asian women face in accessing supports for their mental health and wellbeing.


New report highlights urgent need to reform emergency mental health care

24 September 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has congratulated the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) on the launch of their important report Nowhere else to go: Why Australia’s health system results in people with mental illness getting ‘stuck’ in emergency departments.


Significant hospital wait times a symptom of systemic failure

23 September 2020

The RANZCP and Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) joint release on the issue of significant wait times and mental health presentations in South Australia.


Mental health care for children and adolescents experiencing gender dysphoria

23 September 2020

An update on the review of evidence-based mental health considerations and care for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria.


In the media - Is our hotel quarantine too heavy handed?

18 September 2020

RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan speaks to The Project.


Telehealth extension a step towards the better future of mental health

18 September 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement to extend use of the telehealth Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers for a further six months.


Congratulations to Prof. McGorry and Orygen on historic research grant

17 September 2020

The College congratulates Professor Pat McGorry and Orygen for being awarded a historic $33 million grant from the United States’ National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Psychiatrists welcome suicide funding but concerns remain

10 September 2020

Leading mental health body, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), has welcomed today’s announcement of $19 million towards suicide prevention but warned against leaving psychiatrists out of the conversation.


Decision on telehealth expansion urgently needed

09 September 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is urging the Federal Government to immediately confirm the expansion of the telehealth MBS item numbers past the 30 September expiry date.


In the media - Healthcare workers struggling with burnout

08 September 2020

RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan spoke to ABC Online about the increasing rates of healthcare workers struggling with their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.


In the media - Get your mind fit

03 September 2020

RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan tells the Herald Sun that taking a moment to step away and clear your mind is just as important as keeping physically healthy.


In the media - President goes on radio to talk psychedelics

03 September 2020

RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan, talks to 2CC Radio host about Mind Medicine Australia's psychedelic submission to the TGA.


RANZCP partners with Black Dog Institute to develop e-health hub to support frontline health workers

02 September 2020

The RANZCP is proud to have partnered with Black Dog Institute in the development of TEN – The Essential Network, an e-health hub that supports the mental health of Australia’s essential frontline health workers during COVID-19. 


In the media - President comments on psychedelics in mental health

02 September 2020

RANCP President comments in the Sydney Morning Herald article - Regulator weighs push to legalise MDMA for mental health treatment.


More funding needed: the reality of our mental health system

25 August 2020

The sad stories told in last night’s Four Corners segment Please Don’t Judge are a part of a much deeper and system-wide problem says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).


New Zealand National Committee’s Election Priorities 2020

24 August 2020

With the upcoming election in October, the Tu Ta Akaaka Roa - New Zealand National Committee have released the Election Priorities 2020 document


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.


Greater access comes with concerns

20 August 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of $31.5m towards supporting mental health services but cautioned against leaving psychiatrists out of the loop.
 


#GettingThroughThisTogether

19 August 2020

With new evidence emerging around the impacts of pandemic lockdowns and continued restrictions are having on groups who are uniquely affected, and how particular social and economic stressors are impacting most on mental health and wellbeing, the RANZCP is pleased to support the National Mental Health Commission’s initiative #GettingThroughThisTogether.
 


Alone and at risk: mental health concerns for those in aged care

17 August 2020

Concerns grow for the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians in lockdown, especially those in aged care facilities.


Fill or find a role with the Psychiatry Jobs Hub

12 August 2020

Need to fill a vacant psychiatry role? Or looking for the next step in your psychiatry career? The College’s online Psychiatry Jobs Hub connects talented professionals with top psychiatric career opportunities.


PPE remains a focus for all healthcare professionals

11 August 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has reiterated their position on the need for sufficient, appropriate, and sustained supply of PPE for all healthcare workers as it remains a vital element of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria and Australia-wide.
 


Mental health: a priority now and into the future

09 August 2020

With stage 4 restrictions well underway in Victoria, it is vital that the focus is as strongly placed on the mental health and wellbeing of the community, as much as the physical health.


Psychiatrists praise extra support for mental health services

07 August 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of additional funding to combat the increased demand for mental health services, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 


Concern for reopening of Christmas Island

07 August 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has expressed concern in relation to the Federal Government’s decision to reopen the detention facility located on Christmas Island to house people currently in immigration detention on mainland Australia.


New Psych Matters Podcast Launched!

05 August 2020

The College is pleased to announce the launch of a new podcast, Psych Matters.


We need certainty in mental health investment

04 August 2020

With a State of Disaster declared in Victoria and a small – yet persistent – number of new cases still emerging daily in NSW, it is imperative governments continue to provide sustained new investment in mental health to meet variable and changing circumstances.
 


In the media - Suicide: Predicting the unpredictable

31 July 2020

RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan speaks to The Medical Forum on suicide prevention.


Victorian psychiatrists call for reduction of seclusion

30 July 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Victorian Branch has reiterated support for stronger measures to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint in the Victorian mental health system.


An open letter to Victorians

30 July 2020

We know this year has been tough so far. The good news is lives have already been saved with COVID-19 restrictions and this can continue by following the latest health advice to slow the spread of the virus, and by continuing to look after our own health.


It’s time to close the mental health gap

30 July 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has applauded today’s announcement on the Close the Gap agreement and its historic commitment to reducing the incarceration, domestic violence and suicide rates in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.


Learnit is being upgraded: complete any modules in progress by 4pm (AEST) on 6 August

23 July 2020

Learnit, the College’s e-learning platform and solution to your online continuing professional development needs, is transitioning to a new online platform in August 2020.


Tofranil 25 imipramine hydrochloride 25mg tablet blister pack

21 July 2020

Tofranil 25 imipramine hydrochloride 25mg tablet blister pack (AUST R: 60673) is currently unavailable in Australia until 30 November 2020.


It’s okay to wear a face mask says psychiatrists’ president

16 July 2020

When we venture out in public these days, it is more and more common to see people wearing face masks and this is a good thing.


The plight of people with mental illness in custody – a problem for everyone

09 July 2020

In prison, severe mental illness is shockingly ordinary. Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorder are up to ten times as common as they are in the community overall. 


College statement on racism

08 July 2020

The recent and widespread public expressions of concern and solidarity about persistent and institutional prejudice, racism and discrimination have resonated strongly with many in our communities.


Psychiatrists deeply concerned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides

07 July 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Victorian Branch has expressed deep concern for the findings outlined in the recent report on suicides of Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by the Coroners Court of Victoria.


Mental health concern for those in ‘hard lockdown’

05 July 2020

With around 3,000 of Melbourne's residents will be locked in nine public housing estates for at least five days due to a coronavirus outbreak the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) Victorian Branch is urging the government to provide mental health support for these vulnerable communities.


Applications for the Beverley Raphael New Investigator Grant are now open

02 July 2020

Applications for the 2020 Beverley Raphael New Investigator Grants are now open with up to A$6,000 in grants available.


RANZCP Foundation Early Research Career Grants are now open

02 July 2020

Applications for the 2020 RANZCP Foundation Early Research Career Grant are now open with up to A$10,000 in grants available.


COVID-19 compounds poor mental health of people in immigration detention

30 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought risks, dangers and impacts for the whole community, but it has had specific and severe consequences for vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers and refugees.


Call for ongoing telehealth to complement face-to-face consultations

29 June 2020

The peak body for psychiatrists has urged Australia’s Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, to make permanent the availability of telehealth and telephone consultations for all patients wherever they happen to live.


Welcome to the new RANZCP Board Directors

29 June 2020

At the annual RANZCP AGM last week, President Associate Professor John Allan welcomed the new Elected Directors on the Board – Associate Professor Neeraj Gill and Associate Professor Beth Kotze.


Celebrating our award winners and long-standing Fellows

29 June 2020

Read more about the life, work, and research projects of our brilliant award and grant winners below, as well as those honoured in our Member Recognition Program this year.


Serious concern for impact of economic crisis on people’s mental health

26 June 2020

In the wake of Qantas’s announcement to shed over 6000 jobs as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has reaffirmed his concern for a potential next wave of mental ill health.


RANZCP Fellows receive Queen’s Birthday Honours

19 June 2020

The RANZCP is pleased to see three Fellows among the recipients of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.


2019 Annual Review and Financial Report now available

15 June 2020

The RANZCP Annual Review and Financial Report for 2019 are now available.


The RANZCP Foundation launches its 2019 Annual Review

05 June 2020

The RANZCP is pleased to release the 2019 Annual Review for the RANZCP Foundation.


 


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