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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.

The RANZCP will be conducting an urgent site-accreditation visit in mid-September 2017.

The three psychiatry trainees have been moved from the Royal Hobart Hospital to community health posts and are being supported through this transition.

The RANZCP Board has resolved to work with the Tasmanian Health Services (THS) to resolve the concerns, which centre around:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Trainee welfare
  • Patient safety

The RANZCP takes the issue of the health and safety of patients, as well as trainees very seriously and is committed to ensuring that both are maintained.

The RANZCP is responsible for the accreditation of hospitals for psychiatric training in accordance with the developed accreditation standards covering main educational, clinical and governance areas. The accreditation is provided to ensure quality training experiences that facilitate the safe training of competent psychiatrists.

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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is a membership organisation that prepares medical specialists in the field of psychiatry, supports and enhances clinical practice, advocates for people affected by mental illness and advises governments on mental health care. For information about our work, our members or our history, visit