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Support programs – overseas specialists

The College currently offers a range of programs and resources to support Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) candidates.

Recommended assessment preparation workshops

There are a number of free assessment preparation workshops for Australian based SIMGs coming up in 2017. The workshops are free to attend, however SIMG candidates are responsible for the costs of travel and accommodation. Please contact workshop organisers for further details about these programs.

Formative Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)

Date: Saturday 9th December 2017

Venue: AMC National Test Centre, Level 14, 300 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 

  • As part of RANZCP’s commitment to supporting Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) candidates on their pathway to Fellowship, the RANZCP is pleased to offer a Formative OSCE to assist in preparing for the April 2018 OSCE.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to practice short and long stations under exam conditions and receive feedback from RANZCP Examiners. The Formative OSCE will be held on Saturday 9 December 2017 in Melbourne.
  • Participants travelling from over 100km will receive some travel assistance. Only partial comparability candidates working in Australia will be eligible to apply.
  • Places for the workshop are limited and a priority system will be used to allocate places. If required, priority will be given to candidates who are eligible to sit the April 2017 OSCE examination, as well as for candidates who are working in remote or rural areas.

If you would like to apply, please read through the Terms and Conditions below before completing the application below.

Click here to apply

Please note: This workshop is not a practice exam, but rather a skills development session as the workshop has core OSCE content, structure and process aiming to address the essential performance elements of skills such as data synthesis, formulation and management at the standard required for the RANZCP examination.

Further details about the course can be found on the SIMG Support Programs webpage. If you have any questions please email  or call on 03 9601 4977.

Terms and Conditions [PDF; 186 KB]

The RANZCP has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program for this event.

Gold Coast University Hospital Substantial Comparability Pathway Workshop

Date: Friday 19 January 2018

Venue: Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport

Cost: Free of charge for SIMG Candidates

For further details and to register, please contact by 5 January 2018.

. Read the workshop brochure [PDF; 141 KB]

Australian Clinical Practice Skills workshop 

Date: Sunday 18 February 2018

Venue: RANZCP Head Office, Melbourne

Cost: Free of charge for SIMG Candidates

For further details please contact

Gold Coast University Hospital Clinical Exam Workshop (2 day workshop and mock OSCE)

Dates: Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 February 2018

Venue: Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport

Cost: Free of charge for SIMG Candidates

For further details and to register, please contact by 9 February 2018.

. Read the workshop brochure [PDF; 100 KB]

10th Northern Clinical Examination Course

Dates: Saturday 24 February – Sunday 25 February 2018

Venue: NAMHS, Northern Hospital, 185 Cooper St, Epping, VIC

Cost: Free of charge for SIMG Candidates

For further details and to register, please contact or

. Read the workshop brochure [PDF; 210 KB]

Please note:

Registration is free, however participants will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements, as these costs are not covered by the workshop.

The RANZCP, the Committees for Training and Examinations and the Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education (CSIMGE) do not have a role in assessing or accrediting external or non-RANZCP facilitated exam and training workshops.

The RANZCP expects SIMGs to undertake a broad approach to exam and workplace-based assessment preparation based on the 2012 Competency-Based Fellowship Program and Syllabus.

Learnit – online learning from RANZCP

You can access Learnit using your current RANZCP log-in details. Visit Learnit now.

Australian Clinical Practice Skills modules

A new series of four modules designed to help specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) learn the linguistic and cultural components of psychiatric practice within Australia.

  • Module 1: Cultural identities in clinical practice
  • Module 2: Clinical communication and empathy
  • Module 3: Interviewing and rapport-building techniques
  • Module 4: Individualising case formulations and management plans

The direct link to these modules is:

Adaptation to psychiatry in Australia modules

A series of three modules created for specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) and overseas trained psychiatrists (OTPs) who are moving to Australia.

  • Module 1: Understanding the Australian mental health-care system
  • Module 2: The work of a psychiatrist in Australia
  • Module 3: How to become a psychiatrist in Australia

The direct link to these modules is:

Training Program modules

A series of modules designed to teach trainees and supervisors about the requirements of the RANZCP Training Program.

  • In Training Assessments (ITAs)
  • Observed Clinical Activity (OCAs)
  • Psychotherapy Written Case
  • Scholarly Project

The direct link to these modules is:  

Other on-line resources

Adaptation to Psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand [PDF; 1.2 MB]

SIMG Preparation Workshop

The SIMG (ECE) Preparation Workshop for partially comparable candidates is no longer a requirement since the transition of SIMG candidates to the 2012 Fellowship Program.

The ECE Preparation Workshop was found to be very useful by SIMG candidates in the past so the Education Committee will consider offering a new workshop specific to the assessment requirements of the 2012 Fellowship Program to interested SIMG candidates. Such a workshop could only run if:

  • there is an adequate number of SIMG candidates interested in attending the workshop
  • SIMG candidates pay a fee to attend these workshops.

Candidates will be informed of future proposed workshops in the SIMG candidate newsletter