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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.

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December 2017 | Position statement 94

Aspects of personal injury and workers compensation schemes impose disadvantages on people with mental injuries, delaying recovery and compounding suffering. 

October 2018 | Position statement 97

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) supports the legalisation and regulation of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and other vaporised nicotine products to facilitate their use as harm reduction tools.

July 2016 | Position statement 88

Direct-to-consumer advertising runs counter to the principles of best possible care for mental health consumers. Accordingly, the RANZCP advocates for a revision of the current legislation allowing direct-to-consumer advertising in all countries where it is currently operating.

February 2012 | Position statement 73

This document outlines principles that underpin the effective delivery of mental health services to the community.

May 2018 | Position statement 72

This position statement seeks to identify the many positive benefits of media and digital technology for children and adolescents, but also recognises areas of concern.

October 2014 | Position statement 55

ADHD is associated with higher rates of behavioural and conduct problems, accidents and injuries, school and learning difficulties, alcohol and drug abuse and family conflict. Medication and therapy can moderate symptoms, but there is no proven cure for the condition. 

August 2018 | Position statement 38

People who have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and/or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) can have unique mental health needs both due to the infection itself and the experience of anxiety and depression that can be associated with the condition.

June 2018 | Position statement 96

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has developed this position statement to provide guidance to psychiatrists on how consideration of religion and/or spirituality can improve outcomes for people living with mental illness.

March 2016 | Position statement 56

Evidence-based interventions and preventative steps can be taken to support parents with mental illness, reduce risks to children and enhance their resilience.

May 2018 | Position statement 95

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is concerned about the coercive use of electronic monitoring on forensic patients. 

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