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

October 2022 | Position statement 31

Old age psychiatry and geriatric medical services need to work closely together to ensure the best treatment and care of older people.

September 2022 | Position statement 77

Diagnostic manuals allow clinicians, teachers and researchers to ensure consistency in diagnosis. However, the complexity of patients’ presentations often do not fit neatly into diagnostic categories.

July 2022 | Position statement 108

The position statement identifies RANZCP’s commitment to improving Pacific mental health and providing effective health care that meets the specific cultural needs of Pacific populations.


February 2022 | 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.

February 2022 | Position statement 107

This Position Statement aims to describe Te Tiriti within the context of improving hauora Māori (Māori health) and the steps the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is taking to meet its responsibilities under Te Tiriti.

December 2021 | Position statement 106

This position statement recognises the mental health impacts of climate change and supports policy change that addresses these impacts.

December 2021 | Position statement 37

This position statement outlines key principles of optimal mental health systems to inform governments and funders and achieve the best possible outcomes for consumers and the wider community.

December 2021 | Position statement 105

This position statement advocates for universal cultural safety in mental health systems, services, and care.


December 2021 | Position statement 59

Children in care or at risk of entering care experience high rates of developmental and mental health problems, and therefore warrant special attention and priority access to multi-disciplinary mental health care that is competent in meeting their complex care needs.

October 2021 | Position statement 57

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has developed this position statement to provide an overview of what is required to adequately provide perinatal mental health services to parents and their babies and families.

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