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Victoria Branch

Branch contacts

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

Mrs Jennifer Darman
Victorian Branch Coordinator
(03) 9601 4924

Adele Beasley
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
(03) 9601 4978


Chair, Victorian Branch: 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 an adjunct Professor at Monash University.

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 Mental Health Victoria. He is 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 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 The University of Melbourne and the accredited advanced training programme in CBT for the RANZCP advanced certificate in psychotherapy.


Victorian Branch Conference 2018

26-28 October 2018
Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, 124 Main Street Hepburn Springs

.Register now

Victorian Branch Newsletter

September 2018 [PDF; 8.4 MB]
August 2018 [PDF; 7.8 MB]
July 2018 [PDF; 4.6 MB]
June 2018 [PDF; 6.9 MB]
May 2018  [PDF; 5 MB]
April 2018 [PDF; 6.9MB]

Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee

.Victorian Psychiatry Training Committee

Policy and advocacy

Mental health: targeting new investment

.Mental health: targeting new investment [PDF; 159KB]

Developed by the RANZCP Victorian Branch, this document sets out why and where investment is urgently needed to provide quality care to people with mental illness.

The Victorian mental health care system is at a critical point. An estimated 3% of the Victorian population have a severe and complex mental illness and yet only 1.1% of Victorians are receiving public mental health care. This means that two out of three people who need specialist mental health services can’t access it in the public system.

The Vic Branch is calling on all Members of the Victorian Parliament to commit to investing in community services, as well as the following targeted areas:

  1. More public acute beds
  2. Increased forensic services
  3. Establishing more child and adolescent psychiatry training positions
  4. Prioritising evidence-based treatment in public mental health services
  5. Properly funding psychiatrists to address the high and increasing impact of addiction

Investment is urgently needed across the whole sector, followed by long-term successive commitments to increase funding until Victoria achieves at least parity with other states.

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

Victorian psychiatry workforce infographic

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

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

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