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News Archive 2016

Influencing the future of the culture of medicine

23 December 2016

The RANZCP is pleased to be co-hosting the International Medical Symposium on Friday 10 March 2017 at The Arts Centre, Melbourne.


RANZCP Fellows receive NHMRC grants for innovative research projects

23 December 2016

The RANZCP is pleased to see several Fellows amongst the recipients of new research grants from the Australian Government.


Statement regarding the NDIS mental health funding shortfall

20 December 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerned over news reports indicating that 100,000 people with severe mental illness will lose their government support as the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled out. 


RANZCP deeply concerned over the significant shortage of rural and regional doctors

15 December 2016

The significant shortage of psychiatrists working in regional Australia is deeply concerning and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the recent announcement by the federal government to undertake a national review of the health services system to address this shortage. 


Statement regarding Child Poverty in New Zealand

14 December 2016

The number of children living in poverty in New Zealand and its subsequent negative impacts on their mental health is deeply concerning, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists said. 


Vale Anne Deveson (1930 - 2016)

13 December 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists expresses its condolences on the death of Anne Deveson, who helped establish the national body Schizophrenia Australia, now known as SANE.


CPD: Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network modules released

13 December 2016

Five new professional development modules are now available to members via the RANZCP’s e-learning platform, Learnit. These modules have been developed and kindly provided by the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) and are accredited for continuing professional development. 


Statement regarding the Victorian government’s announcement on assisted dying

09 December 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists urges that it is crucial the voices of psychiatrists are heard as the first assisted dying legislation in Victoria is drafted.  


New online report navigator launched to locate major reports by government and others

01 December 2016

A new feature of the RANZCP website, the Report Navigator is a directory of major reports and other publications issued by government or other organisations in Australia and New Zealand, relevant to psychiatry and mental health service delivery.


What is Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) ?

22 November 2016

The RANZCP has released clear and accurate information on electroconvulsive therapy for consumers. The information was produced with extensive advice and feedback from expert members of the RANZCP’s Section for Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neuro-stimulation, as well as contribution from the RANZCP’s Community Collaboration Committee and consumers who have experienced ECT treatment. 


RANZCP deeply concerned over the Indigenous disadvantage in health care

18 November 2016

The worsening mental health and increasing rate of self-harm and suicide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is deeply concerning, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has said. 


Statement regarding the mental health of those affected by the New Zealand earthquake

17 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) sends its support and concern to the people of New Zealand who are suffering through yet another devastating earthquake. 


Statement regarding the resettlement of asylum seekers and refugees in the United States

17 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the federal government’s announcement of a resettlement program in the United States for the asylum seekers and refugees held on Nauru and Manus island but remains deeply concerned about the physical and mental health of these vulnerable people. 


Vale Barbara Hocking OAM 1947 – 2016

14 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists expresses its condolences on the death of Barbara Hocking, the former Executive Director of SANE (1995 – 2012).


RANZCP welcomes national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors

09 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the federal government’s announcement of a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse


RANZCP urges the NZ Government to reconsider its position on direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals

08 November 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is calling on the New Zealand Government to reconsider its position on direct to consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription pharmaceuticals. In a recent position statement, the RANZCP highlighted evidence that DTCA can adversely affect health outcomes and the delivery of health services.


Accessing essential training information online

08 November 2016

Following feedback from trainees, the RANZCP has undertaken a significant review of the pre-Fellowship pages on its website. Trainees and Directors of Training seeking information on the Fellowship program, including exams and assessments, can now locate it more easily on the RANZCP website. 


Specialist Training Program applications open for 2017

03 November 2016

The Commonwealth Department of Health has announced that applications for the Specialist Training Program (STP) and Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) posts are now open. Applications close on 30th November 2016.


Congress 2016 keynote presentation videos available

03 November 2016

Presentations by keynote speakers from this year’s RANZCP Congress are now available for viewing online.


Have your say on Australian draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan

28 October 2016

All Australian members are invited to provide their views on the Fifth National Mental Health Plan released for consultation by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. Opportunity to contribute to the College’s response closes on Wednesday 23 November.


RANZCP demands that more be done for the mental health of children in juvenile detention

28 October 2016

The detention of children should only occur as a last resort and for the shortest possible period of time the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists urges in its submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. 


RANZCP welcomes changes to the Border Force Act

27 October 2016

The RANZCP welcomes the recent amendment to the Determination of Immigration and Border Protection Workers which exempts health professionals working in immigration detention centres from the secrecy and disclosure provisions contained within Part 6 of the Border Force Act. 


Medical Board of Australia consultation on revalidation closes soon

24 October 2016

All Australian Fellows are invited to provide their feedback on a new approach to revalidation proposed by the Medical Board of Australia’s Expert Advisory Group (EAG). Opportunity to contribute to the College’s response closes on Monday 7 November 2016, while direct responses to the Medical Board close on 30 November 2016.


Congratulations to recipients of the RANZCP 2016 research grants

20 October 2016

The RANZCP encourages research as an important activity for psychiatric training and believes that knowledge of research theory and methods is essential for the practice of clinical psychiatry. The RANZCP manages several grants in the area of research, and is pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of the following grants. 


Temporary service disruption, Friday 21 October 2016

18 October 2016

As part of its commitment to providing a high standard of services to members, the RANZCP is upgrading its online database system. This effective upgrade process requires a temporary interruption in some online services and content available to members on the RANZCP website. 


RANZCP welcomes Queensland plan to improve the state’s mental health

18 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Queensland government’s commitment to investing $350 million in mental health over the next five years. 


New Bill of Rights to safeguard the rights of people with mental illness

14 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) strongly supports and endorses the World Psychiatric Association’s (WPA)  Bill of Rights for Individuals with Mental Illness.


RANZCP welcomes Victorian government commitment to quality and safety

14 October 2016

The RANZCP welcomes the recent Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance in Victoria, and congratulates the state government for its support of the Review’s recommendations and for its commitment to action.


Local, national and international mental health experts gather in Christchurch for psychiatry conference

12 October 2016

The treatment of addiction, trauma, mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, and adolescent mental health are just some of the issues to be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual New Zealand Conference 12 – 14 October. 


RANZCP keeping your health in mind during Mental Health Week 2016

11 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is proud to support Mental Health Week in Australia (9–15 October) and Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand (10–16 October).  


Supporting the community during Mental Health Week with new RANZCP fact sheets

10 October 2016

Mental Health Week in Australia (9–15 October) and Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand (10–16 October) are important calendar events that provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health and engage in conversations relating to mental illness, treatment, information and support. 


New RANZCP clinical practice guideline for the management of deliberate self-harm now available

10 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is very pleased to announce the publication of a new clinical practice guideline (CPG) for the management of deliberate self-harm in the October edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP). 


Emerging mental health research to be discussed in Christchurch

07 October 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual New Zealand conference will be held in Christchurch next week at the Rydges Lattimer from 12 – 14 October. 


Infant, child and adolescent mental health to be discussed at Tasmanian conference

29 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual conference begins tomorrow in Hobart.


Continuing professional development made easy with the new RANZCP online platform

27 September 2016

The College is pleased to announce the launch of Learnit, the new solution to your online continuing professional development (CPD) needs.


RANZCP welcomes government move to continue support for psychiatric patients

26 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the agreement between the Federal government and the opposition to continue to provide social security support for people in psychiatric confinement.  


Introduction of International Corresponding Membership category

22 September 2016

The College is pleased to introduce a new membership category for specialist qualified psychiatrists outside of Australia and New Zealand. 

 


Mental illness is no basis for euthanasia

22 September 2016

Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide continue to be widely debated in our community, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is committed to contributing to discussions around this complex and emotive issue.


Temporary CPD Online service interruption will start today at 5pm until 27 September

19 September 2016

The College is pleased to announce the upcoming upgrade from CPD Online to Learnit, the RANZCP’s new dedicated e-learning platform for your online continuing professional development (CPD) needs.


RANZCP welcomes improved patient care and safety for high risk people with mental illness

15 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes yesterday’s announcement by Queensland Health to improve patient care and enhance patient safety for high risk people with mental illness. 


RANZCP Fellow Dr Peggy Brown appointed CEO of the National Mental Health Commission

14 September 2016

The RANZCP congratulates Australian Fellow Dr Peggy Brown on her appointment to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Mental Health Commission. 


RANZCP welcomes government initiatives to make private health insurance more affordable

12 September 2016

Reforming the private health insurance industry is an important first step in creating a more transparent and affordable health system. 


Temporary CPD Online service interruption, 19 September to 27 September

12 September 2016

The College is pleased to announce the upcoming upgrade from CPD Online to Learnit, the RANZCP’s new dedicated e-learning platform for your online continuing professional development (CPD) needs. The effective upgrade process requires a temporary interruption in your access to CPD Online for one week commencing Monday 19 September at 5pm. 


Forensic mental health care to be discussed at annual conference

09 September 2016

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is pleased to begin its annual conference, ‘Goals, purposes and strategies for prisoner and staff mental wellbeing in custody’. 


Have your say on Medical Board of Australia consultation on revalidation

08 September 2016

All Australian Fellows are invited to provide their feedback on a new approach to revalidation proposed by the Medical Board of Australia’s Expert Advisory Group (EAG). 


World Suicide Prevention day 10 September 2016

08 September 2016

Saturday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention day. On this day, numerous events, conferences, campaigns and local activities call to public attention one of the world’s largest causes of premature and unnecessary death – suicide.


RANZCP urges reconsideration of the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016

07 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) urges the government to remove elements from its Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill of 2016 that are discriminatory and stigmatizing towards psychiatric patients.


The fine balance between hope and despair in psychiatric organisations to be discussed at Sydney psychotherapy conference 2016

02 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Psychotherapy annual conference begins today in Sydney. The conference is themed ‘A fine balance: Maintaining a balance between hope and despair in psychiatric organisations’.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry September issue released

31 August 2016

The September 2016 issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released. 


Webinar: Meeting your CPD requirements in 2017

29 August 2016

Members are invited to access a recording of the webinar CPD for 2017: Meeting your requirements.


Nominations and applications open for 2017 RANZCP awards

22 August 2016

Each year, the RANZCP presents a variety of awards, grants and prizes to College members, as well as to external individuals or organisations. College members are invited to apply, or nominate a colleague, for an RANZCP award by 30 October 2016.


Media statement: The rate of suicide and mental illness in Australian Defence Force personnel

17 August 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the actions of the Turnbull government in announcing a review of the mental health services and support for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families.


CPD podcast: research findings on people who hear voices

16 August 2016

A continuing professionald development podcast titled 'People who hear voices, what happens to them?' is available online for members.


Statement from the RANZCP regarding the Nauru Files

16 August 2016

The publication last week of more than 2,000 leaked incident reports and documents from the Nauru detention centre by the Guardian has again highlighted the deleterious effect that indefinite detention has on the mental health of asylum seekers.  


CPD podcast available on crystalline methamphetamine

10 August 2016

A podcast about the risks, harms and interventions related to crystalline methamphetamine is available for members as part of RANZCP Continuing Professional Development online.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry August issue available

05 August 2016

The August 2016 of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) is now available. 


Continuing Professional Development certificates now available online

03 August 2016

Certificates for participants of the 2015 RANZCP Continuing Professional Development program are now available and can be downloaded online.


CPD for 2017: Meeting your requirements webinar. Tuesday 16 August, 1pm AEST

01 August 2016

Join us as we discuss an overview of the requirements for the RANZCP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program to be implemented from January 2017. 


Statement from the RANZCP on charges against former psychiatrist

27 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is deeply troubled by recent news reports of the charges laid against a former Western Australian psychiatrist. 


Australian health groups launch High Court Challenge to Border Force Act

27 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is aware of the High Court challenge to the Border Force Act of 2015 launched today by the group Doctors for Refugees, and supports the right of this group to challenge the act.  


Concern over treatment of young people at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

26 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is deeply concerned about footage obtained by the ABC’s Four Corners program, showing the abhorrent treatment of young people at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin. 


New CPD podcast on Omega-3 fatty acids and depression

25 July 2016

A new podcast is available to members via RANZCP CPD Online on the subject of Omega-3 fatty acids and depression. 


RANZCP welcomes the findings of the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry

20 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the findings of the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry. 

 


Time for the new Turnbull Ministry to take action on mental health

19 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the announcement that Sussan Ley will continue to serve as Australia’s Health Minister in the new Coalition Government.


RANZCP to host International Medicine in Addiction Conference, March 2017

15 July 2016

Next year, the RANZCP will host its fourth International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference in Sydney from 24- 26 March.


Update from RANZCP

14 July 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerned by the recent news reports of further alleged charges against Perth psychiatrist Dr Voon from New Zealand.


National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee week 3-10 July

05 July 2016

A key principle of the RANZCP’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2014-2016 is to build and maintain an organisational culture that respects and values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culture and history. This includes recognition of NAIDOC and NAIDOC week.


New continuing professional development module and podcast available

28 June 2016

RANZCP CPD Online provides College members with interactive learning modules covering a range of topics relevant to the practice of psychiatry. Modules are all peer-reviewed and provide a dynamic and rich information source to improve psychiatrists’ knowledge, help acquire new skills quickly, and keep up to date with new research and best practice.


Australian Federal Election 2016 – Where do the major parties stand on mental health reform?

28 June 2016

Leading up to the 2nd July Australian federal election, the RANZCP welcomes the mental health funding commitments made by each of the major parties.


RANZCP journals highly recognised and cited

24 June 2016

The Australasian Psychiatry and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry have both seen an increase in their impact factors, which reflect the number of times papers published have been cited during the preceding two years. 


New Zealand members present to Health Select Committee on Substance Addiction Bill

17 June 2016

In April this year, the New Zealand National Committee, in collaboration with the Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry, made a submission to the Health Select Committee supporting in principle the draft Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill. 


Queen’s Birthday Honours list recognises College Fellows in Australia

15 June 2016

The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List recognises a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community work, Australia’s Defence Force and Emergency Services. The College congratulates members on being recognised in the Queen's Birthday 2016 Honours Lists.


Australasian Psychiatry special issue on expert leadership now available

15 June 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is pleased to announce the release of Australasian Psychiatry’s special issue of expert leadership and management.


Update from RANZCP

10 June 2016

Update from RANZCP 


Past Chair of RANZCP Section of Youth Mental Health receives honours in Australian science

06 June 2016

The RANZCP congratulates Victorian Fellow Professor Patrick McGorry AO on being elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, one of the highest honours in Australian science. 


Situation critical for rural mental health: RANZCP

06 June 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has highlighted concerns about the shortage of psychiatrists working in regional areas of Australia in letters sent to prospective parliamentarians. 


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry June edition released

03 June 2016

The June edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


Psychiatrists welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Substance Addiction Bill

02 June 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the New Zealand Health Select Committee’s Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill. 


Commitment to reduce suicide rate a powerful move says psychiatrists

01 June 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists joins with others in the mental health sector to encourage all political parties and individuals seeking to become Members of Parliament to unanimously support the reduction of suicide amongst Australians. 


National Reconciliation Week: equality in mental health outcomes

27 May 2016

The RANZCP recognises and acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of Australia, and their continuing spiritual connection to land and sea.


Support for Māori medical students to attend New Zealand National Conference in Christchurch

26 May 2016

The RANZCP is committed to supporting the recruitment and training of Māori psychiatrists and has provided sponsorship for two Māori medical students with an interest in psychiatry to attend its 2016 New Zealand Conference. 


Schizophrenia Awareness week 15 - 21 May 2016

19 May 2016

This week is Schizophrenia Awareness week. Schizophrenia affects one in 100 people across all countries, socio-economic groups and cultures. Schizophrenia usually begins when people are aged between 15 and 25, although it can also emerge later in life. Men are slightly more likely to develop schizophrenia than women, and men tend to have an earlier onset.

 


New clinical practice guideline for the management of schizophrenia and related disorders to support better patient care

17 May 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is pleased to announce the publication of a new clinical practice guideline for the management of schizophrenia and related disorders. 


Psychiatrists’ Congress Highlights Tuesday 10 May 2016

10 May 2016

Comorbid substance use, high risk sexual behaviour, internet-related Psychopathy and more will be discussed today at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual Congress. 


College congratulates award winners, new Fellows and advanced training certificate recipients

10 May 2016

The College’s newest Fellows, award winners and advanced training certificate recipients were formally congratulated at the annual College Ceremony held during the first day of the International RANZCP Congress of Psychiatry in Hong Kong last night.


Psychiatrists’ Congress Highlights Monday 9 May 2016

09 May 2016

The mental health of children with ADHD, family violence, elderly suicide and more will be discussed today at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual Congress in Hong Kong.


Professor Lars Vedel Kessing from Denmark announced as this year’s Travelling Professor

09 May 2016

The Travelling Professorship program is conducted annually and enables a distinguished overseas psychiatrist, or eminent allied health professional, to visit the RANZCP for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information through educational activities and site visits. 


Recommendations for identification and treatment of child sexual abuse

09 May 2016

Psychiatrists play an important role in the identification, reporting, assessment and treatment of the effects of child sexual abuse, and work with patients affected by child sexual abuse across their lifespan.


International experts in mental health to meet in Hong Kong

05 May 2016

The largest annual congress of psychiatrists from Australia and New Zealand will be held next week at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8 to 12 May 2015.


Avoidable early deaths costing New Zealand economy $3.1 billion annually

04 May 2016

Investment in the physical health care of people with mental illness could recoup millions for the New Zealand economy says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. 


Federal Budget misses opportunity to enhance mental health care: RANZCP

04 May 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists continues to encourage the federal government to prioritise mental health care for increased funding following the announcement of the federal Budget. 


Statement from RANZCP President in relation to reports of recent events of poor patient care on Nauru

03 May 2016

Professor Malcolm Hopwood, President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist says “It is essential that all individuals in the care of the Australian government receive adequate medical care". 


International RANZCP Congress of Psychiatry abstract book available

03 May 2016

The main event of the College’s events calendar starts this Sunday in Hong Kong (8-12 May). With over 1200 delegates already registered and a full scientific program, Congress is shaping up to be a memorable event.


Children of parents with mental illness, RANZCP updated position statement

02 May 2016

The mental health of parents can impact on the well-being and mental health of their children, however there are a number of evidence-based interventions and effective preventative steps that can be taken to support parents with mental illness to be the best parents they can be and facilitate their own recovery, as well as reduce risks to children and enhance their resilience. 


Victoria lifts the bar for mental health care: RANZCP

28 April 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists congratulates the Victorian government on its substantial commitment to supporting the mental health of vulnerable Victorians in yesterday’s Budget.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry May edition features schizophrenia guidelines

27 April 2016

The May edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


Psychiatrists call on NSW government to increase support for vulnerable people: RANZCP

27 April 2016

The RANZCP is deeply concerned by the results of a survey of psychiatrists working in public hospitals in New South Wales. 


Stigma and mental health treatment, by Professor Malcolm Hopwood

27 April 2016

RANZCP President Professor Malcolm Hopwood talks about this issue and more in MJA Insight this month. 


16th edition of Board Matters released for members

21 April 2016

The 16th edition of Board Matters is now available on the College website.  


Sydney College of the Arts exhibition stigmatizes people with mental illness

20 April 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is concerned that Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) student exhibit the ‘Theatre of Darkness’ perpetuates negative stereotypes and myths about the psychiatric care of the mentally ill. 


Statement from RANZCP President in relation to report of a conviction for attempted suicide on Nauru

15 April 2016

Professor Malcolm Hopwood, President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist says 'Members of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists are highly concerned by reports that an asylum seeker has been convicted of attempted suicide in Nauru.' 


2015 Annual Review and Financial Report now available

13 April 2016

The RANZCP’s Annual Review and Financial Report for 2015 are now available online. 


2015 Annual Review and Financial Report now available

13 April 2016

The RANZCP’s Annual Review and Financial Report for 2015 are now available online. 


Addressing the mental health impacts of natural disasters, weather events and acts of terrorism

12 April 2016

The RANZCP has updated its position statement on addressing the mental health impacts of natural disasters, climate-change-related weather events and acts of terrorism. The document outlines the important role that psychiatrists play prior to and following such events, including in rural and remote communities.


Avoidable early deaths costing Australian economy $15 billion annually

11 April 2016

Investment in the physical health care of people with mental illness could recoup millions for the Australian economy says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists who have released a report which calculates the economic cost of premature death of people with mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychoses and severe anxiety and depression to be $15 billion (.9% of GDP) annually, and the cost overall to be $56.7 billion (3.5% of GDP). 


RANZCP awards recognise members’ outstanding achievements

08 April 2016

The College congratulates the award recipients on their contributions to the College and psychiatry.


Welcome to the RANZCP’s new mobile-friendly website

07 April 2016

The RANZCP has launched its new mobile-friendly website to provide a better browsing experience for users visiting the site on smartphones and tablets.


Australasian Psychiatry April issue available

01 April 2016

The April issue of the College’s Australasian Psychiatry journal has been released and contains a number of highly interesting articles pertaining to various aspects of the field.


Implementing Family Violence recommendations good for Victoria’s mental health

31 March 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists congratulates the Victorian government on its expressed commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.


Supporting same sex marriage important for mental health of LGBTI people

30 March 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is concerned that a disproportionate number of Australia and New Zealand’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) population experience mental illness and psychological distress according to a new position statement published today


Members concerned about negative depiction of people with mental illness in the Queensland media

21 March 2016

Recent media coverage of local hospitals and mental health services in Queensland have raised concerns about community and patient safety. Hospitals and other health care facilities assist people at a vulnerable time, and the College agrees all efforts should be made to maintain a safe and secure environment for everyone, including staff. 


Emphasis on reducing inequality in mental health outcomes on National Close the Gap Day

17 March 2016

Today marks the tenth annual National Close the Gap Day, acknowledging a commitment to closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians within a generation.


New resource available for families concerned about eating disorders from RANZCP

17 March 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is proud to have released updated information for the community about eating disorders as part of our commitment to improving the mental health of the community. 


Queensland mental health care at a turning point: RANZCP

16 March 2016

Dr Michelle Fryer appeared at the Barrett Inquiry on Friday 11th March representing the RANZCP’s Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


New dementia guidelines welcome

16 March 2016

The Australian Federal Government has today launched the clinical practice guidelines for dementia in Australia.


Violence in Emergency Departments a concern for the RANZCP

16 March 2016

Mental health disorders are a leading cause of disability burden in Queensland and the impacts of mental ill health in Queensland incur substantial costs on individuals, families, communities and the economy.


Minimising the use of seclusion and restraint in people with mental illness

15 March 2016

The RANZCP is committed to the delivery of quality mental health services that seek to improve safe practice and promote optimal outcomes to those receiving care. This includes a commitment to reducing, and where possible eliminating, the use of seclusion and restraint of people with mental illness in a way that supports good clinical practice and provides safe and improved care for them. 


Suicide rates highlight need for increased funding for mental health care: RANZCP

09 March 2016

New statistics about suicide released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are cause for alarm according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).


RANZCP releases eating disorders guide for the community

09 March 2016

As part of its commitment to improving the mental health of the community, the RANZCP has published new resources on the topic of eating disorders, including a new webpage and an Eating Disorders Guide, to provide information and advice to members of the public. 


Official launch of Alcohol Policy held in Sydney

04 March 2016

The RANZCP’s successful collaboration with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) culminated in the launch of the joint Alcohol Policy in Sydney last night.


RACP and RANZCP release updated Alcohol Policy

03 March 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) today released their updated Alcohol Policy which highlights the influence alcohol is having on individuals, families and communities and makes recommendations regarding how its impact can be reduced.


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry March edition available

29 February 2016

The March edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.


RANZCP awards recipients

26 February 2016

The College would like to congratulate the following award winners on their contributions to the College and psychiatry more generally.


Opportunity for New Zealand Psychiatry Interest Forum members

23 February 2016

The RANZCP is pleased to announce that the Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) is offering support for up to three New Zealand medical students and graduates in their first and second postgraduate year to attend the 2016 International RANZCP Congress of Psychiatry in Hong Kong. 


Electro-convulsive treatment in the media

18 February 2016

Recent media coverage has questioned the appropriateness of psychiatric treatment for patients in involuntary care (State examining treatment of man subjected to multiple cases of shock therapy, The Age, 14 February 2016).


New guidelines for immigration detention psychiatrists

17 February 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has recommended that doctors act in the ‘best interest of their patients’ in a new Professional Practice Guideline just released which provides guidance for psychiatrists working in Australian immigration detention centres. 


Trisno Family Research Grant in Old Age Psychiatry

16 February 2016

The RANZCP, in conjunction with the Trisno Family trust is pleased to announce the introduction of the Trisno Family Research Grant in Old Age Psychiatry. 


Adolescent forensic mental health care

10 February 2016

Experts in forensic adolescent psychiatry will be meeting with staff from Northern Territory mental health services for a day and a half workshop which will discuss best practice care for young people with mental health and substance abuse problems in the justice system. 


Australasian Psychiatry February issue available

08 February 2016

The February issue of the College’s Australasian Psychiatry journal has been released and contains a number of highly interesting articles pertaining to various aspects of the field.


Government commitment to mental health

08 February 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has congratulated the government for its commitment to improving mental health care for Australians, and encouraged it to reconsider planned cuts to public hospital funding from 2017 through its 2016 pre-budget submission.


Waitangi Day Rahoroi 6th Huitanguru i te tau 2016

04 February 2016

Saturday 6 February marks Waitangi Day, commemorating the signing of New Zealand’s founding document Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) by representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs in 1840. 


Webinar recording available

03 February 2016

The RANZCP’s Specialist Training Program has made available several webinar recordings covering a wide range of topics relevant to psychiatry practice. 12 webinar recordings can now be accessed online at your convenience. 


College Fellow appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia

01 February 2016

The RANZCP congratulates Professor David Copolov AO of Victoria on his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education administration, to medicine in the field of psychiatry, to mental health research, and to the community.


Pragmatic leadership in teams and groups

28 January 2016

A new continuing professional development (CPD) module titled ‘Pragmatic leadership in teams and groups’ is available to College members through RANZCP’s CPD online. This is part three of a series of modules on the topic of leadership and management. 


New Zealand Health Strategy for next five years

27 January 2016

The RANZCP welcomed the opportunity to comment on the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Health Strategy.


New Zealand Fellow receives the Queen's Service Medal

18 January 2016

The RANZCP congratulates New Zealand Fellow Dr Cecilia Casware Smith-Hamel on being awarded The Queen's Service Medal. 


Antidepressant medicines use in children and adolescents

13 January 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) calls on the mental health community to renew its commitment to ensuring children and adolescents have access to the highest quality mental healthcare, following recent news reporting high levels of prescribing of antidepressant medications 


Continuing Professional Development Program claims open

12 January 2016

The RANZCP’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program sets the recognised standard for continuing professional development for psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand and contributes to excellence in psychiatry practice.


Operational plan shows good progress in 2015

05 January 2016

The College is pleased to share the latest update to its operational plan with members, detailing the activities and achievements of 2015. 


Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry January edition available

04 January 2016

The January edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) has been released.