GP & Psychiatry Liaison Committee


About the Committee

This Committee in its terms of reference has a broad remit.

The Committee organises educational events and brainstorming workshops, bringing together experts related to important topics such as family violence and refugee health, and more recently in preparation for the recent Mental Health commissions.

The GP & Psychiatry Liaison Committee explores systems and guidelines that can be developed and recommended to the respective Colleges. This collaboration, unique in Australia, allows us as two separate Colleges to act with some synchronicity so that where possible, not to be at odds when developing policy and advising Government.

Currently the committee has a mid-term focus on developing a shared care model with a view to formal recognition and implementation between the Colleges and Government. The recent mental health Royal commissions and productivity commissions have flagged the importance of community-based mental health care, particularly in the treatment of what it called the “missing middle”. Through our discussions, Committee members were also able to take advice back to the respective Colleges regarding the submissions to both the recent mental health commissions.

The Committee is composed of four members from each of the College of Psychiatry and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as well as Secretariat from both Organisations. From time-to-time, we ask guest speakers to present to us whenever we are considering an issue that needs further expert input. The Committee is jointly Chaired by both Colleges and each of these Chairs reports back to the respective College at the Victorian Colleges monthly meetings.
Typically, meetings occur four times per year and have been face to face until the recent covered Epidemic necessitated online meetings. The Colleges alternate in sharing and organising each meeting

We look forward to seeing you at any future events that we may organise and hope that you may take an interest in the Committee in future, perhaps even joining us as a member when vacancies arise.

RACGP members

Name

Position

Dr James Antoniadis

RACGP Chair

Dr Cathy Andronis

RACGP Member

A/Prof. Chris Hogan

RACGP Member

RANZCP members

Name

Position

Dr Raju Lakshmana

RANZCP Chair

Dr Ajit Selvendra

RANZCP Member

Dr Nitin Shukla

RANZCP Member

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