March 2014
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

New program for Psychiatry training in Australia and New Zealand
In December 2012, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RAN-ZCP) introduced the new competency based Fellowship Program. The revised program is centered on an outcomes or competency based model that is built upon the CanMEDs framework.

Psychiatry trainees complete the training program in three stages: Stage 1 (12 months FTE), Stage 2 (24 months FTE), and Stage
3 (24 months FTE). During the program trainees complete a variety of rotations in approved areas of practice (e.g., Adult Psychiatry or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) together with Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) and Workplace-based Assessments (WBAs). A fit for purpose assessment structure has been introduced and includes two written exams, a scholarly project (new), a revised Psychotherapy written case and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination.

The primary aim of the revised program is to provide streamlined training that facilitates the learning and development of trainees and makes them workforce ready.

The first cohort of Stage 1 comprised 170 RANZCP trainees across Australia and New Zealand. In order to guage the effectiveness of the implementation of the new program, these trainees were involved in an evaluation exercise where focus groups were conducted across all branches in Australia and New Zealand. Results from the evaluation will be fed back into the program to ensure continuous quality improvement. For more information on the RANZCP training program please see:

New policy on engagement with the phar- maceutical industry
The Royal Australian and New Zealand Col-lege of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has recently published a new position statement that outlines its position on acceptance of advertising and sponsorship funding from the pharmaceutical industry. The position has been adopted to promote greater transparency in relation to the RANZCP’s engagement with the pharmaceutical industry and has been developed following extensive consultation with the membership.

The position statement includes nine principles outlining the RANZCP’s engagement with the pharmaceutical industry, related to a range of activities including training, CPD, conferences and events, publications, awards, research, and production of statements and guidelines.

The RANZCP will review the principles in an ongoing manner to ensure they are fit for purpose. The position statement may be viewed at this link,

Pacifica Study Groupsupporting child and adolescent mental health in the Pacific region The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) held a highly successful Pacifica Study Group in October 2013 in Melbourne, aimed at promoting the development of effective and sustainable child and adolescent mental health services within the Pacific region.

Pacifica Study Group participants

The RANZCP’s Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry supported the two-day training program for professionals from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Kiribati and the Cook Islands, who then also participated in the Faculty’s annual conference immediately afterwards.

Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun, IACAPAP President with
Dr. Murray Patton, RANZCP President.

Cook Islands, who then also participated inthe Faculty’s annual conference immediately afterwards.

The Study Group was led by local child and adolescent psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, with additional input provided by the RANZCP President, Dr. Murray Patton and the IACAPAP (International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions) President, Professor Olayinka Omigbodun from Nigeria.

During the two days, delegates participated in targeted sessions focusing on partnerships,leadership in child and adolescent mental health, service development, assessment and intervention resources and training across the sector. Delegates then presented on the issues facing their countries as part of a regional symposium later in the week within the Faculty conference.

The initiative is already bearing fruit as those involved plan to establish a more formal regional network, and the Faculty is exploring ways it can continue to support the group and assist in meeting the challenges of the region in an ongoing way.

Pacifica Study Group participants with members of the organising team.

Celebrating 50 years of helping people with mental illness – Australian and New Zealand psychiatrists talk about their work The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) commemorated its official 50th anniversary in October 2013 with the release of a short, four-minute video of psychiatrists talking about their work.

The short video features a dozen members of the RANZCP talking about why they chose to go into psychiatry as a specialty after finishing medical school, and how they find their work today. With a diverse range of roles, levels of experience and working throughout Australia and New Zealand, the Fellows are unanimous in encouraging medical graduates and junior doctors to consider a career in psychiatry.

‘Working as a psychiatrist, and helping people at a time of special need is a privilege’ said RANZCP President Dr. Murray Patton. ‘It’s a very rewarding field, and by bringing together treatment of medical and emotional disorders,psychiatrists get to make a real difference in people’s lives. Speaking on be half of our members,we are very proud of our work, and we don’t often get a chance to talk about it more broadly very often.

Over the last fifty years, we have seen huge change in the diagnosis and treatment of mentalillness. Our members, along with other mental health professionals, championed the move to community-based treatment, and our Fellows now work in a wide array of leaderships roles in mental health care in Australia and New Zealand.’

To watch the video, please follow this link:




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