Position statements

RANZCP position statements present the College stance on particular issues.

They are written in consultation with our Membership, consumers, carers and other groups.

To enquire please contact policy@ranzcp.org

November 2020 | Position statement 100

Trauma-informed practice is an evolving concept which emphasises that trauma is a possibility in the lives of all individuals and communities.

November 2020 | Position statement 90

Persons who are acquitted on insanity grounds, or who are found unfit to stand trial deserve effective, ethical care and management. 

September 2020 | Position statement 67

The primary role of medical practitioners in end of life care is to facilitate good quality patient-centred care. This statement should not be taken as explicit or implied support of the legalisation of physician assisted suicide. 

January 2020 | Position statement 35

Natural disasters and weather events can lead to a wide range of deleterious health effects, including mental health problems. Psychiatrists have important roles in disaster planning and preparedness, and in short and longer term responses.  

December 2019 | Position statement 65

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) calls for dedicated strategies and funding to increase the number of psychiatrists working in rural and remote communities. 

November 2019 | Position statement 22

The RANZCP recognises the importance of a holistic, age and culturally appropriate approach to addressing mental illness in older people, informed by the principles of recovery, independence, dignity and quality of life.

October 2019 | Position statement 99

It is essential that action is taken to improve mental health outcomes for current service members and veterans.

October 2019 | Position statement 74

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a highly effective treatment with a strong evidence base, particularly for the treatment of severe depressive disorders.

September 2019 | Position statement 83

Evidence shows that discrimination and marginalisation experienced by the LGBTIQ+ population increases their risk of developing mental health issues, and also creates barriers to accessing services.

September 2019 | Position statement 82

Amphetamine-type substances can be associated with acute mental effects and result in long-term harm. Psychiatrists have a leadership role in coordinating preventative, early intervention and treatment approaches to methamphetamine use.

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