In defence of the Royal College

Michael Weightman

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Dear Sir,

In their recent opinion piece, Kealy-Bateman et al. advocated for removing the prefix ‘Royal’ from the College’s name. Their argument was predicated on the assertion that this term had negative connotations. I wish to provide an alternate viewpoint. That Australia and New Zealand share head of state is arguably the primary formal political link between the two nations represented in our College. It seems to me the Royal prefix should be taken to signify what it was intended to mark – formal recognition from the current head of state regarding the fine work the College has done and continues to do for the mental healthcare of the citizens of both countries...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-141
Number of pages2
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number1
Early online date28 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • prefix
  • Political psychology
  • royal endorsement
  • Naming


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