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Specialist Training Program (STP) in Psychiatry

STP-matrix-rectangle.jpgThe Specialist Training Program (STP) is an Australian Government initiative that provides funding to health organisations to support specialist medical training experiences in settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals.

The RANZCP participates in this program as part of its commitment to expanding training opportunities for specialist trainees. 

Note: Australian Government funded Specialist Training Program (STP) posts are only open to current RANZCP trainees and Specialist International Medical Graduates on the pathway to RANZCP Fellowship.

About the STP in psychiatry
An overview of the STP: its aims and how it operates.

Funding for STP posts
Details of funding salary contributions and addititional funding.

Expression of Interest Round Open

We are pleased to advise that the Department of Health (DoH) has opened the Expression of Interest (EOI) round for the Specialist Training Program (STP).
The EOI will be managed via an online system developed by the DoH and will be open for five weeks, closing on Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 5.00 pm AEDT.

> Department of Health EOI application form
RANZCP EOI application form
The RANZCP Supplementary form will close on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 5.00pm AEDT. This must be submitted otherwise your application cannot be assessed. 
Applicants are reminded to complete one STP EOI and RANZCP supplementary form for each post being applied for. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered.
Due to the timing of the EOI round, it is important that applicants ensure contact details are current across the Christmas and January holiday periods, as RANZCP staff may need to clarify information in the application.
The EOI process is expected to take a number of months and will not conclude until mid-2019.
The Department’s new STP Operational Framework contains more information regarding the EOI and priority settings. This is available on the DoH’s website.

Details of who is eligible to work in an STP post.

Reporting requirements (STP and IRTP)
Forms and reporting schedule for organisations with STP funded posts.

STP Medicare and insurance information
Medicare and indemnity insurance requirements for STP trainees and administrators.

Answers to questions about administering STP funded posts.

Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP)
A detailed overview of the IRTP initiative including reporting requirements.


Cost calculator for trainee psychiatry positions
An Excel-based tool for exploring the feasibility of establishing or sustaining a trainee post.

News and resources
News, journal articles and videos about the STP program.

STP training post opportunities
Listings of currently funded training posts [member log-in required]:

STP Post Review
An overview of the STP review of all posts.

Contact details

RANZCP STP Project Team
309 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 (0)3 9640 0646

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program.