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Military and Veteran Psychiatry Training Pilot Project

About the Military and Veteran Psychiatry Training Pilot

The RANZCP has developed a number of initiatives through the Military and Veterans’ Mental Health Network to advance and respond to the quality of mental health services in support of military and veteran personnel.

The Military and Veteran Psychiatry Training Pilot (the Pilot) seeks to provide vocational training for specialist psychiatric trainees in military and veteran mental health in a range of healthcare settings. 

The Pilot aims to improve the quality of the future psychiatric workforce by providing trainees with exposure to military and veteran psychiatry. 

The Pilot also aims to have a positive influence on future workforce distribution of psychiatrists with skills in military and veteran mental health. 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) will deliver the Pilot funded through the Department of Health STP program in collaboration with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). The Pilot will deliver training in five training placements in Australia to commence from February 2020. The Pilot will operate for an initial period of 12 months.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Military and Veteran Psychiatry Training Pilot (MVP) are now open. 

Applications are welcomed from facilities in Australia who predominantly work with military and veteran personnel, are based within an area with high defence personnel presence and/or DVA service providers.

The RANZCP will be responsible for selecting posts in conjunction with the DVA, states and territories (jurisdictions) and Branch training Committees. After submitting an EOI application, applicants will be contacted by the RANZCP with a unique application number.

Applicants are asked to complete one EOI form for each individual post and include full details for post proposals regardless of the number of posts being applied for even if the posts overlap.

Military and Veteran Psychiatry Training Pilot EOI application form

The Expression of Interest will close at 5pm on Friday 30 August 2019 AEST

Please be advised: Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered.

Health services who have submitted an EOI will be advised of the outcome by the RANZCP as soon as possible.


The Departments of Defence (Defence) and DVA have invested considerably into understanding the prevalence of mental illness in the defence and veteran populations, most recently through the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme.

Results of this research show Australian Defence Force (ADF) members transitioning from full-time military service represent a group at particular risk for mental illness who would benefit from proactive strategies that aim to lessen the burden of mental illness and assist the process to transition to civilian life.

Funding for Pilot posts

Funding through the Pilot program will be available for the 2020 Training year only (1 Year).

Trainee Eligibility

Australian Government funded DVA posts are only open to current RANZCP trainees and Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGE’s) on the pathway to RANZCP Fellowship.


Contact details

309 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 (0)3 9601 4929