The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) regularly develops and updates position statements and issues media releases delineating policy on key topics to inform and influence mental health outcomes, and to enhance public perception and understanding of psychiatrists and psychiatric practice.
Statements and media releases are flexible and responsive to the political climate, varying in accordance with the RANZCP’s changing needs and community expectations. They demonstrate a commitment to improving mental health care for all.
This year the RANZCP developed new position statements on the recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian constitution, specialist old age psychiatry workforce and training, and physician assisted suicide. There were updates to statements on children in immigration detention, the role of psychiatrists in disasters and terrorism, the abolition of torture, stolen generations and rural psychiatry.
Media releases were distributed on a variety of topics including online gambling, asylum seekers, disability, Indigenous mental health, child beauty pageants, mental health funding, child and adolescent mental health, and disaster response. Regular publicity of RANZCP conferences and journal articles is also undertaken.
Various position statements, media releases, practice and ethical guidelines, clinical memoranda, policy submissions and much more can all be found on the RANZCP website: www.ranzcp.org
RANZCP statements and guidelines are available at: www.ranzcp.org/resources/statements-guidelines.html
RANZCP policy and advocacy information is available at: www.ranzcp.org/policy-advocacy/policy-and-advocacy.html
RANZCP media releases are available at: www.ranzcp.org/media/media-centre.html
President, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)