Community Collaboration Committee
The RANZCP partners with people with lived experience of mental illness (also referred to as consumers) and carers, through our Community Collaboration Committee (CCC).
The CCC is made up of six RANZCP Fellows (psychiatrists) and eight community members: two carers and two consumers from Australia, and two carers and two consumers from New Zealand. The committee meets regularly throughout the year.
The purpose of the CCC is to ensure the College considers the needs, values and views of the community.
What does the CCC do?
The role of the CCC is to:
- develop policy and standards of practice and provide advice with respect to involving consumers, carers and family (whānau) in mental health care
- increase awareness of consumer and carer concerns in the training of psychiatrists
- build relationships with other mental health organisations
- contribute to RANZCP publications and present at RANZCP Congress.
CCC community representatives also sit on a broad range of other RANZCP committees – as full voting members – to ensure the views of the community are considered in RANZCP activities. In particular, there are CCC representatives on the Members' Advisory Council, an important group that provides advice to the RANZCP Board, which governs the RANZCP.
►Community Collaboration Committee regulations [PDF; 50 KB]
►Procedure: Appointment of community members to College committees [PDF; 50KB]
►More about the RANZCP Governance structure
Why is the CCC is important?
Community members are one of the voices which represent the needs, values and views of the community. The lived experience of consumers and their families, whānau and other carers is invaluable and can contribute an alternative perspective to that of a doctor.
Consumers and carers can offer personal insights and new ideas to help improve the mental health system. They can also help tackle negative community beliefs about mental illness.
►More about how the RANZCP partners with the community
What has the CCC achieved?
The CCC has helped drive a culture change towards a more open and community-friendly RANZCP, by
The RANZCP Congress 2016 saw the launch of two position statements developed by the CCC:
►Acknowledging and learning from past mental health practices (position statement 84, March 2016) [PDF; 360 KB]
►Recovery and the psychiatrist (position statement 86, March 2016) [PDF; 420 KB]
The CCC has also developed a further position statement:
►The contribution to practice made by psychiatrists who have a personal experience of mental illness (position statement 85, November 2016) [PDF; 246 KB]
Contact the CCC at firstname.lastname@example.org.