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Scoping project to support regional, rural, and remote psychiatry training

Projects Mental HealthRural Health

Scoping project to support regional, rural, and remote psychiatry training

Projects Mental HealthRural Health

Scoping project to support regional, rural, and remote psychiatry training

  • Services

    Evaluation & Advisory

  • Status

    Current

  • Client

    The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

  • Jurisdiction

    Australia and New Zealand

Have your say

To access the RANZCP Regional, Rural and Remote Psychiatry Training Discussion paper, click here.
To access the online feedback form, click here.
Please note the submission deadline has been extended to 11 November 2020.

For more detail, see below.


About the project

There is a significant shortage of psychiatrists in the regional, rural and remote areas of Australia and New Zealand.

People living in rural areas experience generally poorer physical and mental health, with adverse mental health outcomes compounded by the degree of remoteness. This is exacerbated by the limited availability of, and access to, healthcare services, and the limited supply of specialists, including psychiatrists.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) engaged AHA to undertake a scoping project to support regional, rural, and remote psychiatry training.

AHA’s scoping project will culminate in:

  • A blueprint for the implementation of dedicated and sustainable regional, rural, and remote psychiatry training pathways and networks
  • Key strategic recommendations for relevant governments, health planning authorities and health services to assist in the training of psychiatrists in rural jurisdictions.

AHA will undertake extensive consultation with rural psychiatry stakeholders, health services, planning authorities and jurisdictions and relevant community members in regional, rural and remote locations.

This will identify the barriers and challenges that the psychiatry workforce faces, ensuring that our blueprint and recommendations are practical and actionable, helping develop training pathways and networks that support a rural psychiatry workforce that is fit for the future.

Consultations

Discussion paper

As part of the consultation process, the RANZCP has released the RANZCP Supporting Regional, Rural and Remote Psychiatry Training Discussion Paper to seek your views on the issues, challenges, opportunities and future strategies required to expand psychiatry training in regional, rural and remote settings in Australia and New Zealand.

You can respond to the discussion paper by completing the online feedback form.

Please note the submission deadline has been extended to 11 November 2020.

Focus group registration

We will also be conducting focus groups in November 2020 with people involved in a rural RANZCP training program, including:

  • Rural trainees, Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) and members of the Psychiatry Interest Forum
  • Rural educators, supervisors and consultants involved in the RANZCP Fellowship Program

You can register interest in participating in a focus group by completing the online registration form.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program for this initiative.

You can contribute to this project by giving feedback on the discussion paper and/or registering to take part in a focus group - just follow the links below and to the left.