News Archive 2019
New FRANZCP Insignia for current Fellows of the College
24 June 2019
The new FRANZCP Insignia is now available for use by current Fellows of the College to show their Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
Public mental health confidence crisis not addressed
21 June 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists New South Wales Branch (RANZCP NSW Branch) welcomes the government’s budget commitment to deliver on election promises for perinatal beds and the improvement in eating disorder services.
RANZCP statement in response to death at Fiona Stanley Hospital
21 June 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Western Australian Branch (RANZCP WA Branch) expresses deep sadness at the death of a woman admitted to Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) last week.
An opportunity to lift the wellbeing of all New Zealanders
12 June 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has welcomed the promise by the New Zealand Government of an independent commission to oversee mental health and addiction services.
Highest honours for key contributors to psychiatry and mental health
11 June 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list for their service to the field of psychiatry.
Second module on trainee support resources now available in Learnit
07 June 2019
A new module has arrived: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Psychiatric Ethics (PE) now available in Learnit [member-login required].
Wellbeing Budget 2019 cautiously welcomed by psychiatrists
07 June 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand National Committee – Tu Te Akaaka Roa – cautiously welcomed the announcements on mental health and addiction in the Wellbeing Budget 2019.
A step towards remedying Victoria’s psychiatry workforce shortages
29 May 2019
The Victorian Budget 2019–2020 provides welcome measures to ease psychiatry workforce pressures in Victoria’s mental health system, while the recommendations of the current royal commission are awaited.
New Psychiatry Jobs Hub launched
28 May 2019
The College is pleased to introduce the Psychiatry Jobs Hub, which connects talented professionals with top psychiatric career opportunities.
QLD psychiatrists call for extra community mental health funding
22 May 2019
Community mental health services in Queensland have insufficient staff to carry out their work, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Queensland Branch (RANZCP QLD Branch) has warned.
Associate Professor John Allan assumes RANZCP presidency
21 May 2019
The RANZCP’s new President, Associate Professor John Allan, officially took up his role at the conclusion of the annual general meeting held during the RANZCP 2019 Congress last week in Cairns.
Psychiatrists look forward to working with re-elected government
21 May 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the re-election of the Coalition Government on the weekend.
Trainee support resources now available in Learnit
14 May 2019
First module of ten for trainees to complement the Formal Education Courses is now available in Learnit.
WA Government Meth Plan positive but action needed now, psychiatrists say
09 May 2019
The Western Australian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP WA Branch) welcomes the announcement by Premier Mark McGowan of the investment of $42.5 million in addressing the harm caused by methamphetamine.
RANZCP calls for urgent action on crisis mental health care for all
09 May 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) along with other peak bodies, health professionals, people with lived experience of mental illness and carers calls on governments to urgently improve the quality of crisis mental health care for all Australians.
Advertising medicines more likely to cause harm than benefit
08 May 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) strongly opposes the targeted advertising of prescription medicines and medical devices directly to end users.
Board Announcement - Casual Vacancy Outcome
07 May 2019
We are pleased to confirm the outcome of the ballot conducted by the Board, to appoint a Fellow to the position of RANZCP Board Director (casual vacancy), that has arisen following the election of Dr Vinay Lakra to the position of President-Elect.
RANZCP calls for shift in mental health system design and investment
03 May 2019
Even though almost half (45%) of all Australians experience one or more mental illness in their lifetime, less than half of those (46%) access treatment each year.
Submissions open for Royal Commission into mental health
02 May 2019
The Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System has announced that submissions are now open. You are invited to contribute to the RANZCP Victorian branch's formal submission.
Mental health and addiction faces four challenges
01 May 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) New Zealand National Committee – Tu Te Akaaka Roa – tautoko the key principles in the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry’s report, He Ara Oranga, but identified four high-level priority areas not yet given sufficient attention.
College statement in response to Sri Lanka attacks
23 April 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) expresses its deep concern and sadness at the senseless and brutal attacks that occurred in Sri Lanka, on Easter Sunday.
RANZCP welcomes Ms Moe Milne as Kaumātua
18 April 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) extends a warm welcome to Ms Moe Milne as recently appointed Kaumātua.
Final report on review of the family law system
15 April 2019
The Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) report, Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System was tabled in Parliament yesterday by Attorney-General Christian Porter MP.
Faculty of Psychotherapy 2019 Conference: Early bird registration extended
15 April 2019
Early bird registration has been extended and will now close on Tuesday 23 April 2019 at 5 pm (AEST) for the RANZCP Faculty of Psychotherapy 2019 Conference.
Apply now – Scholarly Project grants for trainees in an STP or IRTP post
12 April 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has grants of up to $750 available for trainees working in a post funded by the Specialist Training Program (STP), including Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) posts.
Report shows stark reality of Victoria’s mental health system
12 April 2019
Victorian Branch Chair Richard Newton responds to the Victorian Auditor General's report, Access to Mental Health Services.
2018 Certificates of CPD completion are now available
11 April 2019
Certificates of CPD completion are now available for members who have not been selected for the annual audit.
New ECT guidelines help psychiatrists to improve patient outcomes
11 April 2019
The RANZCP has published new Professional Practice Guidelines (PPG) to provide practical guidance for psychiatrists prescribing and administering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Call for nominations – RANZCP Board Director (casual vacancy)
05 April 2019
The RANZCP is now calling for nominations to fill the casual vacancy on the RANZCP Board for a Director.
RANZCP Foundation to be launched at 2019 Congress
04 April 2019
The College is pleased to announce that the newly established RANZCP Foundation will officially be launched at Congress 2019 by President-Elect, Associate Professor John Allan.
The benefits of e-mental health treatments and interventions – new RANZCP position statement
04 April 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has released a new position statement outlining the benefits and issues associated with e-mental health tools.
RANZCP welcomes $736.6 million investment to improve mental health
03 April 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the $736.6 million investment in mental health announced last night in the Government’s 2019–2020 federal budget.
2019 RANZCP President-Elect election outcome
01 April 2019
The ballot to elect the President-Elect closed on 21 March 2019. Dr Vinay Lakra has been elected to the position of President-Elect.
Victorian Royal Commission community consultation sessions announced
29 March 2019
This week the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System launched its website and announced that the first round of community consultations will begin in early April.
Chronic pain is a mental health issue, too
28 March 2019
Debilitating chronic pain affects more than 1 in 5 New Zealanders and is increasing among New Zealanders who are over 55, particularly for Māori, according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).
Canadian, New Zealand and Australian medical colleges unite in support of gender equality (Tri-Nation Alliance)
22 March 2019
The Tri-Nations Alliance, comprising of five medical colleges, spanning Australia, New Zealand and Canada, are gathering in Auckland today at the International Medical Symposium (IMS) to jointly sign the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles Statement.
Raising awareness on national Close the Gap Day
21 March 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) supports Close the Gap Day as an important opportunity to reflect on the social and health disparities present between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.
A message from the New Zealand National Committee of the RANZCP
20 March 2019
The New Zealand National Committee (Tu Te Akaaka Roa) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) views the brutal and racist attack on two mosques in Christchurch as an attack on all citizens of New Zealand.
RANZCP statement in response to the Christchurch shootings
15 March 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) expresses its concern and deep sadness at the terrifying events in Christchurch this afternoon.
RANZCP Fellow appointed commissioner to royal commission
06 March 2019
The College congratulates RANZCP Fellow, Dr Alex Cockram, on her appointment as a Commissioner of the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health.
RANZCP President launches Competency Standards Framework for Clinicians
28 February 2019
The RANZCP President and Chair of the Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Partnership, Dr Kym Jenkins, has launched a new Competency Standards Framework for Clinicians at the RANZCP Head Office.
Register for Congress 2019 by 1 March and pay the early bird rate
26 February 2019
Book your place at RANZCP 2019 Congress now to avoid missing out on early bird registration – closing this Friday 1 March 2019.
RANZCP welcomes terms of reference and appointment of commissioners
25 February 2019
The Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP Victorian Branch) welcomes the terms of reference and the commissioners appointed to lead Victoria's first Royal Commission into Mental Health.
Independent Health Advice Panel
20 February 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received a request from the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs regarding the establishment of an Independent Health Advice Panel.
The College welcomes new Executive Manager for Education and Training
19 February 2019
We welcome Ms Anna Lyubomirsky to her new role as Executive Manager, Education and Training, with the College.
Continuing to practice and support reconciliation
13 February 2019
Today, Wednesday 13 February 2019, marks the 11th anniversary of former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s apology on behalf of the Australian Government to the Stolen Generations whose lives had been blighted by past government policies of forced child removal and Indigenous assimilation.
Exam preparation grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees
12 February 2019
Grants of up to $3,000 are available to access exam preparation workshops in 2019 and 2020. Apply now.
President-Elect elections – update
11 February 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is conducting an election for the position of President-Elect on the RANZCP Board.
President-Elect voting now open
11 February 2019
Voting is now open for the RANZCP President-Elect.
InTrain is now live for Australian trainees
30 January 2019
RANZCP’s new online training administration system, InTrain, is now available for all Australian trainees. InTrain allows for the online submission and approval of key training documents, replacing the current paper-based system.
Interested in joining a RANZCP committee? Nominations are open
30 January 2019
Nominations for a variety of College committee positions are now open.
InTrain webinars for supervisors and trainees
25 January 2019
The College will be releasing its new training administration system, InTrain, in Australia for the start of the February 2019 rotation. InTrain has already released for New Zealand trainees and supervisors.
Register now for IMS 2019: ‘Visioning the impact of advanced technology on medical education’
23 January 2019
At the Tri-Nation Alliance annual International Medical Symposium (IMS 2019), speakers from around the world will share their knowledge and experience of how technology is changing the way we approach medical education.
RANZCP supports the introduction of pill-testing trials for harm reduction
22 January 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) recognises the public health benefits of pill-testing services as part of a harm reduction approach to drug policy in Australia and New Zealand.
Health bodies declare Aboriginal youth suicide an urgent national priority (NACCHO, RACP)
17 January 2019
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) are calling on the Prime Minister to make tackling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth suicides a national health priority.