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2018 RANZCP Elected Directors' Election - Call for Nominations

04 October 2017

Call for nominations are now open for the five (5) Elected Director positions falling vacant on the RANZCP Board in May 2018. The College encourages Fellows with various interests and skill sets to nominate for these important roles.


We are what we eat – poor nutrition contributes to mental health disorders

26 September 2017

A substantial body of research shows that poor nutrition is contributing to the epidemic of mental illness in western societies, Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology from the University of Canterbury will tell a psychiatric conference in Tauranga today. 


Anxiety is affecting NZ women’s health

20 September 2017

Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety and it is affecting women’s health more severely than heart disease and kidney failure, new guidelines developed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) reveal. 


RANZCP calls for focus on mental health in NZ election

19 September 2017

The next government of New Zealand will need to focus on adequate resourcing and funding of mental health to achieve real change and address one of the leading causes of health-related disability in New Zealand, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has urged the main political parties.

 


National and international experts to gather in Tauranga for psychiatry conference

19 September 2017

Stress and the brain, living to 100 and the mental health of transgender people are just some of the topics to be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand Conference. 


RANZCP 2017 Congress video presentations available in Learnit

14 September 2017

Eight videos of presentations from this year’s Congress are now available for viewing in Learnit.


RANZCP supports marriage equality for all Australians

12 September 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of psychiatrists supports marriage equality and recognises the positive link between improved mental health outcomes and legislative change for LBGTI people and their children. 


Abstract submissions now open for RANZCP 2018 Congress

11 September 2017

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to present your work and research at Australia and New Zealand's premier annual psychiatry conference.


Reminder to log all 2017 CPD activities

11 September 2017

As we are in the last quarter of the 2017 CPD year, don't forget to log all your CPD activities for 2017 on the new online portal ‘My CPD’.


RANZCP submission on the acute health service in Tasmania

08 September 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist has outlined its concerns over the current state of the acute health service in Tasmania in a recent submission. 


RANZCP calls for more mental health beds for vulnerable older people in Western Australia

21 August 2017

The recent dismissal of the murder charge against an elderly Western Australian man suffering from dementia highlights the need for the Western Australian Government to increase the number of high dependency mental health beds available for older people throughout the state, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)has urged.


Updated comment from RANZCP on removal of training posts at Royal Hobart Hospital

16 August 2017

The Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) met on the weekend and unanimously ratified the withdrawal of the accreditation of the three psychiatry training posts in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital, effective immediately.


RANZCP trainee support webinar series continues 16 August

14 August 2017

Are you an RANZCP trainee curious to gain insight into others' experiences of rural training?


RANZCP submission on the Welfare Reform Bill 2017

10 August 2017

The drug testing pilot program for new welfare recipients proposed by the federal government is deeply concerning, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) says in its  submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs’ Inquiry into Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017. 


Comment from RANZCP on removal of training posts at Royal Hobart Hospital

09 August 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has advised Tasmanian Health Services that it has withdrawn accreditation for the two psychiatry training posts in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit currently in place at the Royal Hobart Hospital.


Consultation now closed for anxiety disorders CPG

01 August 2017

The consultation period for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists clinical practice guideline for the treatment of panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalised anxiety disorder has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft clinical practice guideline during this consultation period.

For any further information please contact Niamh Byrne, Project Officer, Clinical Practice Guideline Implementation, RANZCP on (03) 9236 9103 or via niamh.byrne@ranzcp.org


NACCHO webinar: reducing the mental health impact of Indigenous incarceration

27 July 2017

Join the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) for an interdisciplinary panel discussion and exploration of approaches for reducing the mental health impact of indigenous incarceration on people, communities, and services. 


New Zealand’s collaborative approach to addressing mental and physical health launched in Australia

25 July 2017

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) are delighted their “Equally Well” was launched in Australia today by Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission of Australia.


RANZCP research grants for psychiatrists and trainees – applications now open

20 July 2017

Applications for the 2017 RANZCP Research and Education Foundation Grant (REF Grant) and the New Investigator Grants (NIG) are now open. 


RANZCP submission on the use of e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers in Australia

20 July 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has voiced its support of e-cigarettes and vaporizers as a harm minimisation and smoking cessation aid in a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Health, Aged Care and Sport Inquiry into the use and marketing of electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers in Australia,


RANZCP trainee support webinar series continues 12 July

10 July 2017

Are you a RANZCP trainee wondering how to make the most of the College’s training program? Learn how to navigate the Scholarly Project by joining the fifth episode of the webinar series on Wednesday 12 July 2017.


RANZCP supports tighter regulations on access to codeine-based products

10 July 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) proposal to make access to medicines containing codeine prescription-only. 


New position statement calls for better private health insurance policies for psychiatric care

15 June 2017

The College has recently published Position Statement 91: 'Private health insurance policies for psychiatric care in Australia' 


RANZCP launches mental health website Your Health in Mind

15 June 2017

Your Health in Mind provides reliable information about mental health issues to patients and families.


International Medical Symposium 2017 video presentations now available in Learnit

31 May 2017

The 2017 International Medical Symposium was held at The Arts Centre, Melbourne on Friday 10 March 2017. 


RANZCP welcomes Coroner’s recommendations from the Lindt café siege report

26 May 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) commends the thoroughness of the Coroner’s inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt café siege and looks forward to working with the NSW Police, where required, to implement the Coroner’s recommendations.


2016 CPD Certificates now available

25 May 2017

The 2016 CPD Certificates are now available and can be downloaded from the College website. 


‘My CPD’ available to assist members to track and record CPD activities online

25 May 2017

‘My CPD’ is an online platform designed to manage the recording of CPD requirements in real time and in one convenient location.


RANZCP calls for a much wider review of NSW mental health system than seclusion and restraint alone

19 May 2017

The New South Wales (NSW) Chief Psychiatrists’ statewide review of seclusion and restraint practices in hospital settings should be extended to include workforce, governance and sedation practices in the NSW mental health system, the NSW Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has urged. 


RANZCP welcomes new President, Dr Kym Jenkins

17 May 2017

At the conclusion of its annual general meeting earlier this month, the RANZCP welcomed its new President, Dr Kym Jenkins.


RANZCP welcomes $115 million budget commitment to mental health

11 May 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the overall focus on, and increase in, mental health funding in the federal government’s 2017-18 budget.


RANZCP supports Victorian government’s budget mental health funding

08 May 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Victorian government’s funding commitment to improving the state’s family violence, forensic mental health and drug and alcohol abuse support services outlined in the state budget 2017-18. 


Psychiatrists warn of mounting threat to patient confidentiality

05 May 2017

Australia’s peak psychiatry body has sounded a warning about the undermining of patient confidentiality as the result of the growing use of subpoenas to access patients’ private clinical records in court.


Study shows treatment for postpartum psychosis keeps mums and bubs together

05 May 2017

Even women with the most severe form of postpartum psychosis can care for their children with the right medical intervention, according to a new study.


Dieting does not work research shows and is associated with eating disorders

05 May 2017

Dieting is not an effective way to maintain weight loss, and is associated with disordered eating behaviours.


Internet gaming a concern to some psychiatrists

05 May 2017

A survey of nearly 300 Australian and New Zealand psychiatrists found patients presenting with symptoms of Internet Gaming Disorder was becoming more common in their practice.


Childhood maltreatment linked to cannabis abuse

05 May 2017

Australian children with a history of maltreatment were at greater risk of developing cannabis use disorders by the time they were 21 years old, according to a new study.


Childhood maltreatment linked to adult psychosis

05 May 2017

Australian children with a history of maltreatment were at greater risk of developing psychosis as young adults, according to a new study.


Suicide risk still left unspoken

05 May 2017

A study examining Australian suicide cases has highlighted a lack of communication between health care professionals and family members in the last month before the deaths.


South Australia needs new model of care for vulnerable older people

05 May 2017

Following on from the South Australian Chief Psychiatrist’s report on the Oakden Older Person Mental Health facility, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is calling for a new model of care and purpose built facilities for vulnerable older people with dementia and mental illness.


College congratulates new Fellows and honoured award winners

02 May 2017

The College’s newest Fellows, award winners and recipients of advanced training certificates were formally congratulated at the annual College Ceremony held during the RANZCP Congress in Adelaide last night.


RANZCP concerned over graphic and inappropriate depiction of suicide in Netflix’s drama

26 April 2017

The graphic and confronting depiction of suicide shown in the Netflix drama ’13 Reasons Why’ raises serious concerns about the potential harm such content can cause young people, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) warns.


RANZCP welcomes exclusion of psychiatrists from 457 visa shake-up

26 April 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the exclusion of psychiatrists from the changes to the 457 visa announced by the federal government. 


Affordability, access and equity: the issue of private health insurance

20 April 2017

The complexity, cost and lack of transparency in the private health insurance industry is making it increasingly difficult for vulnerable Australians to access the psychiatric care they need and deserve.


Professor Malcolm Hopwood appointed President Elect of AFPA

12 April 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) congratulates Professor Malcolm Hopwood on his appointment to the role of President-Elect of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA). 


Celebrating 50 years of psychiatry research publication

28 March 2017

This year, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) celebrates its 50th year of bringing you high quality psychiatry research articles and opinions.


Congratulations to RANZCP award recipients for outstanding achievements and contributions

21 March 2017

Each year, the RANZCP presents a variety of awards to College members, and to external individuals or organisations to acknowledge outstanding achievements and contribution to psychiatry, the community and the College.


National and international experts to gather in Sydney for the International Medicine in Addiction Conference

10 March 2017

The International Medicine in Addiction Conference 2017 (IMiA17) will examine a diverse range of topics including cannabis use, lockout laws, gaming, methamphetamines, food addiction and many more. 


RANZCP concerned at high rates of smoking and reduced life expectancy of severely mentally ill people

09 March 2017

While the smoking rates of the general population in Australia have decreased significantly in the past 20 years the rates of smoking in the severely mentally ill have not decreased at all, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) warns.


Update on Australia’s Fifth National Mental Health Plan consultations

08 March 2017

In late 2016, a number of Board, Committee and individual members attended consultation workshops and provided input to the College’s submission in response to the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan.


In memoriam: Aramakaraka Pirika, Kaumātua

27 February 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our Kaumātua, the highly respected spiritual head of the College in New Zealand, Mr Aramakaraka Pirika of Te Arawa.


RANZCP welcomes the possibility of lifting the Medicare Freeze

24 February 2017

The lifting of the Medicare Benefits Schedule freeze indexation is long overdue and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is encouraged by reports that this change is imminent.


Funding round to support rural specialists in Australia to undertake CPD

23 February 2017

A new Commonwealth-funded program to support psychiatrists and other medical specialists in rural and remote Australia to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is now OPEN for application/s.  


Fellows awarded Australia Day honours; A/Prof William Brett Emmerson and Dr Martha Louise Kent

16 February 2017

The RANZCP is pleased to see two Fellows amongst the recipients of this year’s Australia Day honours.


RANZCP trainee support webinar series starts 21 February

14 February 2017

Are you a new RANZCP trainee wondering where to get started with the College’s training program? Learn how to navigate the program by joining this new webinar series starting on Tuesday 21 February 2017. 


New orientation and wellbeing resources for new trainees and SIMGs

08 February 2017

As part of a recent wellbeing project, the College has produced a reference guide and three-part video series. These resources are aimed at proactively engaging with trainees and SIMGs, helping orient them to the College, highlight key resources available to them and promote their wellbeing throughout the training program.


RANZCP calls on the government to act on alcohol-related harms

02 February 2017

Increasing the price of alcohol, limiting the number and density of outlets selling alcohol and raising the age when you can buy alcohol are among new recommendations from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.


RANZCP calls for greater investment in mental health

20 January 2017

On 19 January, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists made a 2017–18 Pre-Budget submission to the Commonwealth Treasury.


RANZCP welcomes new Minister for Health, and new Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health

18 January 2017

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists welcomes today’s appointment of Greg Hunt as Australia’s new Minister for Health and Sport, and looks forward to working with him on important mental health reform. 


2016 Human Rights Awards

06 January 2017

The College congratulates the winners and finalists of the 2016 Human Rights Awards, which consists of eight awards. In particular, the Human Rights Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Australia. Several finalists were recognised in specific areas of mental health.


 


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