News Archive 2017
RANZCP responds to the findings of the NSW review of seclusion and restraint practices
21 December 2017
Greater support for clinical leadership and collaboration are needed if we are to reach a ‘turning point’ in the NSW health system, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has said in response to the findings of the independent Review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in New South Wales (NSW) health facilities.
RANZCP welcomes the Australian Government’s ratification of the OPCAT
19 December 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Australian Government’s ratification of the Conventions against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).
Peak medical bodies urge political leaders to improve healthcare for vulnerable asylum seekers
15 December 2017
Australian doctors from multiple specialities have jointly written to Australia’s immigration minister and health ministers emphasising their rising concern for the health and wellbeing of the male asylum seekers recently transferred to Papua New Guinea.
2017 CPD claims – important information about the grace period
11 December 2017
The grace period, during which RANZCP members can continue to enter their 2017 CPD activity, is from Tuesday 9 January 2018 until midnight AEDT Saturday 31 March 2018.
The Medical Board of Australia releases its new Professional Performance Framework
05 December 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) attended the launch of the Medical Board of Australia’s final report of the Expert Advisory Group on revalidation and the creation of a new Professional Performance Framework.
Statement on past mental health practices
30 November 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists commends the Queensland Government's acknowledgment of the past harmful mental health treatment of children in state care, and supports its commitment to meaningfully reconciling with all those affected.
RANZCP response to the NT Royal Commission into the protection and detention of children
24 November 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the publication of the final report of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.
RANZCP responds to Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying bill
23 November 2017
The legalisation of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria is a significant decision, according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP), which has the potential to affect all psychiatrists practising in Victoria.
RANZCP Fellows receive NHMRC grants
21 November 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is pleased to see three Fellows amongst the recent recipients of new research grants from the Australian Government.
Mental health peak bodies call for increased funding for mental health in Queensland
14 November 2017
Three peak mental health organisations have called on all Queensland political parties to commit to significantly increasing mental health funding across Queensland.
RANZCP Board – Elected Director candidates announced
14 November 2017
Further to the call for nominations for five Elected Director positions (Fellow) on the RANZCP Board, the College received seven nominations from the Fellowship.
RANZCP supports marriage equality and welcomes the ‘yes’ vote
14 November 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists supports marriage equality and welcomes the majority yes vote in the voluntary postal survey.
Now available: 'How to use MyCPD' tutorial, plus new webinar on meeting Section 3 requirements
10 November 2017
The College has developed a How to use MyCPD video guide to help members to use the MyCPD online system.
Queensland psychiatrists call for increased mental health funding in four key priority areas
09 November 2017
The current level of funding for mental health services and resources must be increased if Queensland is to tackle its high rates of mental health disorders and suicide, the Queensland Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has warned.
The provision of mental health services for asylum seekers and refugees
31 October 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) has updated its position paper on the provision of mental health services for asylum seekers and refugees, which provides more recent data on the mental health needs of asylum seekers and refugees and strongly advocates the College’s opposition to the policy of mandatory detention.
RANZCP welcomes the Federal Government’s $31 million commitment to veterans' mental health
31 October 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of an additional $31 million funding commitment for veterans’ mental health.
RANZCP congratulates new President of the World Psychiatric Association
18 October 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates Professor Helen Herrman on becoming the first Australian to hold the position of President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).
RANZCP recognised at WPA World Congress
18 October 2017
Congratulations to our RANZCP fellows and Chief Executive Officer on receiving World Psychiatric Association Honorary Memberships at Berlin WPA World Congress.
QLD Branch of the RANZCP criticises Gold Coast Bulletin’s coverage in Mental Health Week
17 October 2017
The Queensland Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is concerned by the sensationalist media reporting by the Gold Coast Bulletin, which increases stigma towards people with mental illness and mental illness itself (Cover up claims over Gold Coast mental health patients walking free, 10 October 2017).
We are what we eat – poor nutrition contributes to mental health disorders
26 September 2017
A substantial body of research shows that poor nutrition is contributing to the epidemic of mental illness in western societies, Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology from the University of Canterbury will tell a psychiatric conference in Tauranga today.
Anxiety is affecting NZ women’s health
20 September 2017
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety and it is affecting women’s health more severely than heart disease and kidney failure, new guidelines developed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) reveal.
RANZCP calls for focus on mental health in NZ election
19 September 2017
The next government of New Zealand will need to focus on adequate resourcing and funding of mental health to achieve real change and address one of the leading causes of health-related disability in New Zealand, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has urged the main political parties.
National and international experts to gather in Tauranga for psychiatry conference
19 September 2017
Stress and the brain, living to 100 and the mental health of transgender people are just some of the topics to be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand Conference.
RANZCP 2017 Congress video presentations available in Learnit
14 September 2017
Eight videos of presentations from this year’s Congress are now available for viewing in Learnit.
RANZCP supports marriage equality for all Australians
12 September 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of psychiatrists supports marriage equality and recognises the positive link between improved mental health outcomes and legislative change for LBGTI people and their children.
Abstract submissions now open for RANZCP 2018 Congress
11 September 2017
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to present your work and research at Australia and New Zealand's premier annual psychiatry conference.
Reminder to log all 2017 CPD activities
11 September 2017
As we are in the last quarter of the 2017 CPD year, don't forget to log all your CPD activities for 2017 on the new online portal ‘My CPD’.
RANZCP submission on the acute health service in Tasmania
08 September 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist has outlined its concerns over the current state of the acute health service in Tasmania in a recent submission.
RANZCP calls for more mental health beds for vulnerable older people in Western Australia
21 August 2017
The recent dismissal of the murder charge against an elderly Western Australian man suffering from dementia highlights the need for the Western Australian Government to increase the number of high dependency mental health beds available for older people throughout the state, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)has urged.
Updated comment from RANZCP on removal of training posts at Royal Hobart Hospital
16 August 2017
The Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) met on the weekend and unanimously ratified the withdrawal of the accreditation of the three psychiatry training posts in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital, effective immediately.
RANZCP trainee support webinar series continues 16 August
14 August 2017
Are you an RANZCP trainee curious to gain insight into others' experiences of rural training?
RANZCP submission on the Welfare Reform Bill 2017
10 August 2017
The drug testing pilot program for new welfare recipients proposed by the federal government is deeply concerning, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) says in its submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs’ Inquiry into Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.
Comment from RANZCP on removal of training posts at Royal Hobart Hospital
09 August 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has advised Tasmanian Health Services that it has withdrawn accreditation for the two psychiatry training posts in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit currently in place at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Consultation now closed for anxiety disorders CPG
01 August 2017
The consultation period for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists clinical practice guideline for the treatment of panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalised anxiety disorder has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft clinical practice guideline during this consultation period.
For any further information please contact Niamh Byrne, Project Officer, Clinical Practice Guideline Implementation, RANZCP on (03) 9236 9103 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
NACCHO webinar: reducing the mental health impact of Indigenous incarceration
27 July 2017
Join the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) for an interdisciplinary panel discussion and exploration of approaches for reducing the mental health impact of indigenous incarceration on people, communities, and services.
New Zealand’s collaborative approach to addressing mental and physical health launched in Australia
25 July 2017
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) are delighted their “Equally Well” was launched in Australia today by Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission of Australia.
RANZCP research grants for psychiatrists and trainees – applications now open
20 July 2017
Applications for the 2017 RANZCP Research and Education Foundation Grant (REF Grant) and the New Investigator Grants (NIG) are now open.
RANZCP submission on the use of e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers in Australia
20 July 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has voiced its support of e-cigarettes and vaporizers as a harm minimisation and smoking cessation aid in a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Health, Aged Care and Sport Inquiry into the use and marketing of electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers in Australia,
RANZCP trainee support webinar series continues 12 July
10 July 2017
Are you a RANZCP trainee wondering how to make the most of the College’s training program? Learn how to navigate the Scholarly Project by joining the fifth episode of the webinar series on Wednesday 12 July 2017.
RANZCP supports tighter regulations on access to codeine-based products
10 July 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) proposal to make access to medicines containing codeine prescription-only.
New position statement calls for better private health insurance policies for psychiatric care
15 June 2017
The College has recently published Position Statement 91: 'Private health insurance policies for psychiatric care in Australia'
RANZCP launches mental health website Your Health in Mind
15 June 2017
Your Health in Mind provides reliable information about mental health issues to patients and families.
International Medical Symposium 2017 video presentations now available in Learnit
31 May 2017
The 2017 International Medical Symposium was held at The Arts Centre, Melbourne on Friday 10 March 2017.
RANZCP welcomes Coroner’s recommendations from the Lindt café siege report
26 May 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) commends the thoroughness of the Coroner’s inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt café siege and looks forward to working with the NSW Police, where required, to implement the Coroner’s recommendations.
2016 CPD Certificates now available
25 May 2017
The 2016 CPD Certificates are now available and can be downloaded from the College website.
‘My CPD’ available to assist members to track and record CPD activities online
25 May 2017
‘My CPD’ is an online platform designed to manage the recording of CPD requirements in real time and in one convenient location.
RANZCP calls for a much wider review of NSW mental health system than seclusion and restraint alone
19 May 2017
The New South Wales (NSW) Chief Psychiatrists’ statewide review of seclusion and restraint practices in hospital settings should be extended to include workforce, governance and sedation practices in the NSW mental health system, the NSW Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has urged.
RANZCP welcomes new President, Dr Kym Jenkins
17 May 2017
At the conclusion of its annual general meeting earlier this month, the RANZCP welcomed its new President, Dr Kym Jenkins.
RANZCP welcomes $115 million budget commitment to mental health
11 May 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the overall focus on, and increase in, mental health funding in the federal government’s 2017-18 budget.
RANZCP supports Victorian government’s budget mental health funding
08 May 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Victorian government’s funding commitment to improving the state’s family violence, forensic mental health and drug and alcohol abuse support services outlined in the state budget 2017-18.
Psychiatrists warn of mounting threat to patient confidentiality
05 May 2017
Australia’s peak psychiatry body has sounded a warning about the undermining of patient confidentiality as the result of the growing use of subpoenas to access patients’ private clinical records in court.
Study shows treatment for postpartum psychosis keeps mums and bubs together
05 May 2017
Even women with the most severe form of postpartum psychosis can care for their children with the right medical intervention, according to a new study.
Dieting does not work research shows and is associated with eating disorders
05 May 2017
Dieting is not an effective way to maintain weight loss, and is associated with disordered eating behaviours.
Internet gaming a concern to some psychiatrists
05 May 2017
A survey of nearly 300 Australian and New Zealand psychiatrists found patients presenting with symptoms of Internet Gaming Disorder was becoming more common in their practice.
Childhood maltreatment linked to cannabis abuse
05 May 2017
Australian children with a history of maltreatment were at greater risk of developing cannabis use disorders by the time they were 21 years old, according to a new study.
Childhood maltreatment linked to adult psychosis
05 May 2017
Australian children with a history of maltreatment were at greater risk of developing psychosis as young adults, according to a new study.
Suicide risk still left unspoken
05 May 2017
A study examining Australian suicide cases has highlighted a lack of communication between health care professionals and family members in the last month before the deaths.
South Australia needs new model of care for vulnerable older people
05 May 2017
Following on from the South Australian Chief Psychiatrist’s report on the Oakden Older Person Mental Health facility, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is calling for a new model of care and purpose built facilities for vulnerable older people with dementia and mental illness.
College congratulates new Fellows and honoured award winners
02 May 2017
The College’s newest Fellows, award winners and recipients of advanced training certificates were formally congratulated at the annual College Ceremony held during the RANZCP Congress in Adelaide last night.
RANZCP concerned over graphic and inappropriate depiction of suicide in Netflix’s drama
26 April 2017
The graphic and confronting depiction of suicide shown in the Netflix drama ’13 Reasons Why’ raises serious concerns about the potential harm such content can cause young people, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) warns.
RANZCP welcomes exclusion of psychiatrists from 457 visa shake-up
26 April 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the exclusion of psychiatrists from the changes to the 457 visa announced by the federal government.
Affordability, access and equity: the issue of private health insurance
20 April 2017
The complexity, cost and lack of transparency in the private health insurance industry is making it increasingly difficult for vulnerable Australians to access the psychiatric care they need and deserve.
Professor Malcolm Hopwood appointed President Elect of AFPA
12 April 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates Professor Malcolm Hopwood on his appointment to the role of President-Elect of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA).
Celebrating 50 years of psychiatry research publication
28 March 2017
This year, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) celebrates its 50th year of bringing you high quality psychiatry research articles and opinions.
Congratulations to RANZCP award recipients for outstanding achievements and contributions
21 March 2017
Each year, the RANZCP presents a variety of awards to College members, and to external individuals or organisations to acknowledge outstanding achievements and contribution to psychiatry, the community and the College.
Opportunity for rural trainees to attend Congress in Adelaide
20 March 2017
The RANZCP has a limited number of sponsored registrations available for rurally based trainees to attend the RANZCP 2017 Congress, which will be held in Adelaide from 30 April to 4 May 2017.
National and international experts to gather in Sydney for the International Medicine in Addiction Conference
10 March 2017
The International Medicine in Addiction Conference 2017 (IMiA17) will examine a diverse range of topics including cannabis use, lockout laws, gaming, methamphetamines, food addiction and many more.
RANZCP concerned at high rates of smoking and reduced life expectancy of severely mentally ill people
09 March 2017
While the smoking rates of the general population in Australia have decreased significantly in the past 20 years the rates of smoking in the severely mentally ill have not decreased at all, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) warns.
Update on Australia’s Fifth National Mental Health Plan consultations
08 March 2017
In late 2016, a number of Board, Committee and individual members attended consultation workshops and provided input to the College’s submission in response to the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan.
In memoriam: Aramakaraka Pirika, Kaumātua
27 February 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our Kaumātua, the highly respected spiritual head of the College in New Zealand, Mr Aramakaraka Pirika of Te Arawa.
RANZCP welcomes the possibility of lifting the Medicare Freeze
24 February 2017
The lifting of the Medicare Benefits Schedule freeze indexation is long overdue and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is encouraged by reports that this change is imminent.
Funding round to support rural specialists in Australia to undertake CPD
23 February 2017
A new Commonwealth-funded program to support psychiatrists and other medical specialists in rural and remote Australia to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is now OPEN for application/s.
Fellows awarded Australia Day honours; A/Prof William Brett Emmerson and Dr Martha Louise Kent
16 February 2017
The RANZCP is pleased to see two Fellows amongst the recipients of this year’s Australia Day honours.
RANZCP trainee support webinar series starts 21 February
14 February 2017
Are you a new RANZCP trainee wondering where to get started with the College’s training program? Learn how to navigate the program by joining this new webinar series starting on Tuesday 21 February 2017.
New orientation and wellbeing resources for new trainees and SIMGs
08 February 2017
As part of a recent wellbeing project, the College has produced a reference guide and three-part video series. These resources are aimed at proactively engaging with trainees and SIMGs, helping orient them to the College, highlight key resources available to them and promote their wellbeing throughout the training program.
RANZCP calls on the government to act on alcohol-related harms
02 February 2017
Increasing the price of alcohol, limiting the number and density of outlets selling alcohol and raising the age when you can buy alcohol are among new recommendations from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
RANZCP calls for greater investment in mental health
20 January 2017
On 19 January, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists made a 2017–18 Pre-Budget submission to the Commonwealth Treasury.
RANZCP welcomes new Minister for Health, and new Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health
18 January 2017
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes today’s appointment of Greg Hunt as Australia’s new Minister for Health and Sport, and looks forward to working with him on important mental health reform.
2016 Human Rights Awards
06 January 2017
The College congratulates the winners and finalists of the 2016 Human Rights Awards, which consists of eight awards. In particular, the Human Rights Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Australia. Several finalists were recognised in specific areas of mental health.