Tel.: +61 (0)3 9601 4924
Fax: +61 (0)3 9600 4281
Office hours: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm
RANZCP Victoria Branch
309 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Chair, Victorian Branch: Associate Professor Richard Newton
Richard is the Clinical Director of Peninsula Health Mental Health Service. Peninsula Mental Health is a large mental health service based in a teaching hospital. It has a range of Adult and Aged mental health services. He is also a consultant adult psychiatrist within the service. He is strongly committed to Quality and Safety systems in MH, consumer and carer participation in Mental Health Service development and the provision of safe effective evidence based interventions for all members of the community in need of mental health care. He is a Board Member of the Butterfly Foundation and an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership programme. He has had a number of roles within RANZCP including Chair, Fellowships Attainment Committee and is currently Chair of the Victorian Branch.
He is a surveyor with ACHS, an Editorial Board member of national and international academic journals and sits on numerous federal and state based planning or advisory committees. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles or book chapters on a range of topics including CBT, treatment of psychosis, eating disorders, psychosocial interventions in mental health services, health service redesign, and homelessness. He teaches a Masters level course in Structured Psychotherapy at the University of Melbourne and an Advanced Training course in CBT accredited for RANZCP AT in Psychotherapy.
He trained in Edinburgh, Scotland, completing CBT training in The Cullen Centre, Edinburgh, and came to Australia in 1992. He continues to promote the training of all mental health clinicians in the use of structured psychotherapies providing a Masters level course on Structured psychotherapy through Melbourne University and the accredited advanced training programme in CBT for the RANZCP advanced certificate in psychotherapy.
Mrs Jennifer Darman
Victorian Branch Coordinator
(03) 9601 4924
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
(03) 9601 4978
Victorian Branch Newsletter
July 2018 [PDF; 4.6MB]
June 2018 [PDF; 6.9MB]
May 2018 [PDF; 5 MB]
April 2018 [PDF; 6.9MB]
Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee
.Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee
Enabling supported decision-making
Enabling supported decision making - position paper (2018) [PDF; 181 KB]
The RANZCP Vic Branch has published this position paper to educate and inform its members, consumers and their families, and other clinicians about the principles of supported decision-making.
The supported decision-making model was introduced in the Mental Health Act 2014 (Victoria) for people living with mental illness and who are subject to compulsory assessment and treatment. This paper was developed by the RANZCP Vic Branch Enabling Supported Decision-Making Subcommittee which comprised consumers and clinicians, using a co-production methodology which mirrors the principles of supported decision-making.
Victorian psychiatry workforce
The Branch was approached by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 2015 to undertake a project to contribute to psychiatry workforce planning and development for Victoria’s public mental health sector.
The Victorian Branch have produced this infographic based on the findings of the project. The Branch looks forward to working with DHHS to progress these recommendations.
For more information about the project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victorian Branch Family Violence Roundtable
The Victorian Branch’s Family Violence Working Group held a cross sector roundtable in Melbourne on 27 February. Guest speakers included the Victorian Family Violence Prevention Minister Fiona Richardson and Australian of the Year Rosie Batty.
Read a summary of the Family Violence Roundtable event [PDF; 244 KB]
.Photos from the Family Violence Roundtable event