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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.

Australian Clinical Practice Skills Workshops - Brisbane, 21-22 October 2017

The Australian Clinical Practice Skills Workshop is a personalised workshop that gives a concise and effective run-through of the nature and expectations of the clinical interview and psychiatric clinical practice in Australia.

At this highly interactive workshop, participants are given specific insights into what adjustments are needed to be made in their practice to prepare for their assessments and to successfully adapt to the practice of psychiatry in Australia. As a result, participants learn how to refine their clinical skills to match the expectations of the College and their workplace.

You can expect:

  • extensive exposure to role-plays (live and recorded)
  • practical exercises in small groups
  • professional feedback from former examiners, experienced Fellows, language and cultural experts
  • high facilitator-to-student ratio
  • insights into exams and assessments
  • an action plan to identify a path forward following the workshop.

The workshop will benefit those who are new to clinical practice in Australia as well as those who plan to sit exams within the next year (partially and substantially comparable pathways). All SIMG candidates on the partial or substantial comparability pathways, working in Australia are eligible to apply.

SIMG candidates who live over 100km from the workshop location will receive travel and accommodation funding in accordance with the RANZCP Travel Policy.

How to apply

To apply, please read the terms and conditions [PDF; 287 KB] and complete the online application form by Monday 11 September 2017.

If you have any questions please email

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

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.

Illawarra Shoalhaven clinical exam workshop – Mock OSCE for SIMGs

Dates: Saturday 26 August 2017 (mock OSCE), 25-26 November 2017 (workshop)

Venue: Wollongong Hospital, NSW

  • One full day mock OSCE
  • Two day upskilling workshop focusing on cultural and linguistic elements of Psychiatry in Australia

For further details or to register, please contact Prof Nagesh Pai; or Shae-Leigh Vella


Goulburn Valley Health Leadership and Management Workshop - Victorian SIMGs

Dates: Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 October 2017

Venue: Mitcham Private Hospital, VIC

Some of the topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to Leadership: Theories and principles of leadership and management; Change management; Clinical Leader vs. Manager.
  • Specific issues in leadership roles: (e.g. Consultant Psychiatrist, DCS, Professor, Chief Psychiatrist; Working within a multidisciplinary team): Will focus on people and self-management skills.
  • Organizational Change principles with local case vignettes, and workshop of some change management issues.
  • Advocacy in Mental Health including discussion about media communication skills.
  • Private Practice: Discusses issues in private practice including setting up and running a practice or working within a consulting suites/ hospital.
  • Transition in to a Consultant role from a Trainee Role: Issues in role change; role of supervision/ peer review/ mentoring; self-care and impaired practitioner; resources for doctors.

For further details or to register, please contact Dr Raju Lakshmana

Please note, for these preparation workshops:

  • Participants will need to make their own travel and accommodation plans, as this cost is 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 trainees and SIMGs to undertake a broad approach to exam and workplace-based assessment preparation based on the 2012 Competency-Based Fellowship Program and Syllabus.

The RANZCP has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program for these events.

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