Guidelines and resources for practice

The RANZCP produces guidance to help psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in their work. 

For any enquiries, including requests for archived documents, contact policy@ranzcp.org.


Clinical practice guidelines

The RANZCP has produced the following clinical practice guidelines: 

Anxiety disorders

Deliberate self-harm

Eating disorders

Mood disorders

Schizophrenia

Other guidelines and resources by topic



A

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health - acknowledging the Stolen Generations - December 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health - principles and guidelines [PDF; 65 KB] - July 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health - RANZCP apology for the role played by psychiatrists in the Stolen Generations - 1999

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers - August 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - recognition in the Australian Constitution - November 2018

ADHD in adults 

ADHD in childhood and adolescence  - October 2014

Alcohol policy [PDF; 65 KB] - March 2016

Alcohol related harm - reducing and recognising - November 2016

Antidepressants for children and adolescents [PDF; 65 KB] - March 2005

Antidepressants to treat depression in dementia - February 2015

Anxiety disorders - 2018

Asylum seeker and refugee health [Endorsed external guidance] - May 2015

Asylum seekers and refugees - mental health needs of children - May 2018

Asylum seekers and refugees - provision of mental health services - May 2017

Audio-visual recording in psychiatric practice [PDF; 179 KB] - April 2012


B

Benzodiazepines - guidance for use in psychiatric practice [PDF; 65 KB] - November 2019


C

Carers - supporting them in the mental health system - September 2021

Cannabis - therapeutic use of medicinal cannabis [PDF; 65 KB] - January 2021

Child and adolescent psychiatrists - their role - October 2010

Child sexual abuse - March 2016

Children and adolescents - psychotropic medication use [PDF; 65 KB] - November 2015

Children in out-of-home care - March 2015

Children of parents with mental illness - March 2016

Cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine - deprescribing [Endorsed external guidance] - October 2017

Community mental health services - February 2012

COVID-19 - administration of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) during the pandemic [PDF; 65 KB] - July 2020

COVID-19 - administration of rTMS therapy during the pandemic [PDF; 65 KB] - July 2020

COVID-19 - clinical information and advice during the pandemic - April 2021


D

Deep brain stimulation [PDF; 65 KB] - March 2018

Deep sleep therapy - February 2018

Dementia [Endorsed external guidance]- February 2016

Dementia - antipsychotic medications as a treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia [PDF; 65 KB] - August 2016

Dementia - behavioural and psychological symptoms of (BPSD) [Endorsed external guidance] - May 2013

Diagnostic manuals - October 2016

Direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals - July 2016


Eating disorders - 2014

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - guidelines for the administration of - 2019

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - position statement - October 2019

Electronic monitoring of people utilising forensic mental health services - May 2018

Endorsing external or third-party clinical guidance [PDF; 65 KB] - March 2019

Ethics - RANZCP code [PDF; 65 KB] - 2018


F

Family and whānau involvement in mental health consumers/tangata whai ora in care, assessment and treatment processes [Endorsed external guidance] - November 2000

Family court proceedings [PDF; 65 KB] - February 2019

Family violence and mental health - May 2021

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) [Endorsed external guidance] - September 2019

Financial interests in treatment or management facilities - ethics for RANZCP members [PDF; 65 KB] - May 2015


G

Gambling - problem gambling position statement - September 2017

Gender dysphoria / gender incongruence – recognising and addressing mental health needs - August 2021

GPs and psychiatrists: best practice guidelines for referral and communication [PDF; 65 KB] - April 2014

 


H

Hepatitis C [PDF; 65 KB] - October 2020

HIV/AIDs and mental health - August 2018


I

Illicit drug policy [PDF; 65 KB]

Immigration detention centres in Australia - guidance for psychiatrists working in these centres [PDF; 65 KB] - February 2016

International Guidelines Library [Endorsed external guidance]

 


K

Ketamine for treatment-resistant depression [PDF; 65 KB] - 2021


L

LGBTIQ+ mental health needs - August 2021

Lived experience – partnering with people with a lived experience - September 2021

Lived experience - psychiatrists with personal experience of mental illness - November 2016


M

Media and digital technology - impact on children and adolescents - May 2018

Medicare benefits for training in psychotherapeutic techniques [PDF; 65 KB] - November 1991

Medicare Benefits Schedule - Opinion and report (MBS item 291)

Medico-legal report writers in New Zealand - access and use of clinical information [PDF; 65 KB] - October 2020

Medico-legal settings - developing reports and conducting independent examinations [PDF; 65 KB] - November 2020

Mental health legislation - comparing Mental Health Acts across Australia and New Zealand - June 2017

Mental health services - May 1997

Methamphetamine use - recognising and addressing the harmful mental health impacts - September 2019

Mood disorders - 2020

 

N

National codes and standards relevant to psychiatry practice and mental health services in Australia and New Zealand [PDF; 65 KB] - April 2017

Natural disasters and climate-change-related weather events - addressing mental health impacts - January 2020

NDIS for psychiatrists

Neurosurgery for mental disorders - October 2019

 

O

Off-label prescribing in psychiatry [PDF; 65 KB] - May 2018

Older people - psychiatry services for - November 2019

Opioid policy - improving management of chronic non-malignant pain [Endorsed external guidance] - April 2009

 


P

Pain Management (Acute): Scientific Evidence 5th edition [Endorsed external guidance] - 2020

Past mental health practices - acknowledging and learning from - March 2016

Perinatal mental health services - October 2021

Persons found not criminally responsible or unfit to stand trial - November 2020

Pharmaceutical and healthcare industry - ethical principles in relationship to psychiatrists [PDF; 65 KB] - March 2019

Pharmaceutical industry - principles for RANZCP engagement - June 2016

Pharmacogenetics in healthcare [Endorsed external guidance] - July 2018

Physical health of people with mental illness - 2017

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Prevention and early intervention of mental illness in infants, children and adolescents - October 2010

Private health insurance policies for psychiatric care in Australia - May 2017

Private psychiatric practice - information about setting up, managing and closing a practice [Member sign-in required] - November 2016

Psychedelic substances - therapeutic use of [PDF; 295 KB] - May 2020 (under review December 2021)

Psychiatrists as team members - April 2002

Psychosis - see schizophrenia clinical practice guideline - 2016

Psychotherapy conducted by psychiatrists - June 2021


R

Recovery and the psychiatrist - March 2016

Referral communication between psychiatrists and GPs - best practice - December 2020

Referred patient assessment and management guidelines  [PDF; 65 KB]

Religion and spirituality in psychiatric practice - June 2018

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) - guidelines for the administration of [PDF; 65 KB] - November 2018

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) - guidance on the delivery of Medicare-funded rTMS services in hospitals [PDF; 121 KB] - November 2021

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) - position statement - November 2018

Reports and independent medical examinations in medico-legal settings [PDF; 65 KB] - November 2020

Repressed traumatic memories [PDF; 65 KB] - 2005

Role and relationships of psychiatrists and other service providers in mental health services - January 2012

Role of psychiatrists in the prevention and early intervention of mental illness in infants, children and adolescents - October 2010

Role of the psychiatrist in Australia and New Zealand - November 2013

Rural psychiatry - December 2019


S

Schizophrenia - 2016

Seclusion and restraint - minimising and, where possible, eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint in people with mental illness - August 2021

Sedation and/or analgesia for diagnostic and interventional medical, dental or surgical procedures [Endorsed external guidance]

Sedation for acute behavioural disturbance [Endorsed external guidance] - September 2019

Self-harm - 2016

Sexual boundary violations - zero tolerance policy [PDF; 65 KB] - March 2016

Sexual orientation change efforts - March 2019

Social anxiety disorder - 2018

Social media and online presence for psychiatrists - November 2016

Stimulant medications in adults [PDF; 65 KB] - October 2015

Stolen generations - position statement - December  2020

Suicide - coping with patient suicide as a supervisor [PDF; 200 KB] - September 2021

Suicide - coping with patient suicide while in training [PDF; 120 KB] - August  2021

Suicide reporting in the media - March 2019

Smoking cessation [Endorsed external guidance] - September 2021


T

Telehealth in psychiatry - May 2020

Tobacco policy [PDF; 65 KB] - 2005

Torture and other inhuman treatment - abolition of - November 2018

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) [PDF; 65 KB] - August 2018


V

Voluntary assisted dying - September 2020


W

Whānau Ora - May 2021 

WPA Position Statement on Implementing Alternatives to Coercion: A Key Component of improving mental health [Endorsed external guidance] - October 2020

Workforce - child and adolescent psychiatry [PDF; 65 KB] - June 2019

Workforce - specialist old age psychiatry - July 2016

 

 

 

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