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Opportunities for PIF members

2018 PIF Essay Competition

The competition runs annually and is open to medical students, junior doctors, and other medical practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.

The topic of 2018 essay competition is Discuss the potential benefits and harms of compulsory treatment in psychiatry’.

Click here to review terms and conditions.

Click here to submit your essay in 1000-1500 words by Sunday 20 January 2019.

PIF webinar

Join us live on Thursday 6 December from 6-7pm AEDT (3pm WA / 4:30pm NT / 5pm QLD / 5:30pm SA / 8pm NZ) to learn more about psychiatry and its subspecialties, and gain an understanding of the RANZCP training program and pathway to Fellowship.

A live Q&A will follow the presentations, giving you an opportunity to have your questions answered by our expert panel.

The recording of the webinar will be available online soon.

Live Broadcast & Recording: PIF Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course (Melbourne)

The Melbourne Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course was broadcasted live to PIF members on Saturday 6 October 2018. 

The recording of this course is now available to view online.

Live Broadcast & Recording: PIF Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course (Brisbane)

For the first time ever, the PIF short course was broadcast live to Australian PIF members from Brisbane on Saturday 4 August 2018. 

The recording of this course is now available to view online.

2018 Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the Asian Society Against Dementia Conference

Victorian PIF members are invited to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to attend the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the Asian Society Against Dementia Conference, which will be held at the Crown Promenade, Melbourne from Thursday 8 November to Saturday 10 November 2018. A range of speakers will provide expert presentations on this year's theme 'Ageing in the Asian century: new answers to old questions'.

This opportunity is made available to Victorian PIF members by RANZCP's Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age.

This sponsorship opportunity is limited to 6 PIF members from Victoria.

Applications closed.

2018 PIF Sponsorship to Victorian Branch Conference

Victorian PIF members who are in final year medicine or are postgraduate doctors (PGY 1 & 2) are invited to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to attend the upcoming Victorian Branch Conference (Conference) held at the Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Hepburn Springs from 26-28 October 2018.

Four sponsorship places are available, and the sponsorship will include a free registration including attendance to the Saturday night Conference dinner and accommodation for two nights.

Applications closed.

2018 PIF Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course (Melbourne)

The Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course offers the opportunity to hear more about psychiatry as a career from practising RANZCP Fellows and trainees on the pathway to Fellowship.

The course free and is open to existing Victorian PIF members (or to eligible applicants) who are medical students or postgraduate doctors (PGY 1 & 2).

The course will be held at the RANZCP Melbourne office, 309 La Trobe St on Saturday 6 October 2018 from 9am-5pm.  

Applications closed.

2018 Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference

Australian PIF members are invited to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to attend the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2018 Conference which will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from Wednesday 17 October to Saturday 20 October 2018. A range of speakers will provide expert presentations on this year's theme, "Metamorphosis: Transitions and Opportunities in Child and Adolescent Mental Health". 

Applications closed.

2018 Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Conference

Australian PIF members are invited to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to attend the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Conference 2018, which will be held at the Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney from Thursday 6 September to Saturday 8 September 2018. A range of speakers will provide expert presentations on this year's theme, "Torts and chains: adventures in Forensic Psychiatry".  

This opportunity is made avaliable to Australian PIF members by RANZCP's Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry.

This sponsorship opportunity is limited to 4 PIF members from New South Wales and 2 members from other interstate.

Applications closed.

2018 PIF Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course (Brisbane)

The Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course offers the opportunity to hear more about psychiatry as a career from practising RANZCP Fellows and trainees on the pathway to Fellowship.

The course free and is open to existing Queensland Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) members (or to eligible applicants) who are medical students or postgraduate doctors (PGY 1 & 2).

The course will be held in Brisbane CBD (venue TBA) on Saturday 4 August 2018 from 9am-5pm.  

Application closed.

2018 PIF Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course (Perth)

The Introduction to Psychiatry Short Course offers the opportunity to hear more about psychiatry as a career from practising RANZCP Fellows and trainees on the pathway to Fellowship.

The course free and is open to existing Western Australian Psychiatry Interest Forum (PIF) members (or to eligible applicants) who are medical students or postgraduate doctors (PGY 1 & 2).

This year's first course will be held in Perth CBD (venue TBA) on Saturday 7 July 2018 from 9am-5pm.

Application closed.

Scholarship Opportunity: Māori Medical Students

The RANZCP is committed to supporting the recruitment and training of Māori psychiatrists, and is offering sponsorship to three Māori medical students to attend the RANZCP 2018 Congress in Auckland, New Zealand.

The sponsorship includes:

  • Congress registration (from 14-17 May)
  • social functions including the Gala Dinner, Welcome Reception & College Ceremony
  • travel to and from Auckland and accommodation, if required.

Application closed on Friday 9 March 2018.

Scholarship Opportunity: RANZCP Congress 2018

Applications are now open for 10 Australian PIF members to attend the RANZCP 2018 Congress in Auckland, New Zealand from 13–17 May 2018.

This is a fantastic opportunity for members to hear the latest in mental health research from the region and around the world. In addition, you'll network with international and local psychiatrists, trainees and other PIF members.

Applications closed on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Scholarship Opportunity: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Students and Junior Doctors

The RANZCP and the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) are committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates successfully completing psychiatry training and entering practice in any of the fields of psychiatry.

The RANZCP is offering up to four scholarships for AIDA and PIF members who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students or junior doctors (PGY 1 and 2) to attend the international RANZCP 2018 Congress in Auckland, New Zealand from 13-17 May 2018.

Applications closed on Wednesday 7 March 2018

PIF Essay Competition

The PIF Essay Competition runs annually and is open to medical students, junior doctors, and other medical practitioners in Australia and New Zealand. The essays are to be submitted in 1000–1500 word limit.


Read more about the 2017 competition and read the past winning essays

Specialise in the Mind

The PIF team is excited to have launched their newest resource for medical students and pre-vocational doctors in Australia and New Zealand. The ‘Specialise in the Mind’ infographic highlights the benefits of choosing psychiatry as a career path through a simple and eye-catching hand-out. The information included was carefully selected after considerable research was undertaken to determine the most attractive qualities about the specialty from the perspective of junior doctors and medical students in addition to psychiatry trainees and Fellows. You may see these around at career expos and similar events.

To get your copy, download it from the College website. We encourage you to hand these out to interested medical students and doctors at your university or workplace. For hard copies, please contact the PIF team by emailing pif@ranzcp.org and we will be more than happy to send them to you.