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Statement on ethical media practices for psychiatrists

16 August 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) seeks to cultivate and maintain the highest ethical standards.

In response to recent media and social media activity, it is important for all members to recognise that their personal conduct may affect their reputation and that of the profession of psychiatry.

The RANZCP affirms that all members shall express their views respectfully and in a manner that avoids self-promotion or the denigration of others.

When communicating with the public or engaging in media commentary, psychiatrists shall clarify whether the views they are expressing are their own, and acknowledge that their views may differ from those generally held in psychiatry.

Importantly, psychiatrists shall not compromise patient confidentiality or wellbeing. It is unethical for psychiatrists to engage in the diagnosis of a person publicly whom they have never examined. 

For more information, see the RANZCP Code of Ethics.

ENQUIRIES: For more information, or to arrange an interview call Sarah Carr on +61 (0)3 9640 0646 or +61 437 315 911, or email