RANZCP elections: What becomes of the disengaged?

Jeffrey C.L. Looi, Stephen Allison, Tarun Bastiampillai

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Dear Sir,
As a membership organisation that is responsible for the accreditation of medical specialist training and ongoing peer review in psychiatry for Australia and New Zealand, the RANZCP needs to represent its members, as well as to uphold standards of medical expertise to serve the healthcare of the community. The effectiveness of the RANZCP as a membership organisation depends on member engagement.1 An objective and quantitative measure of membership engagement is voter turnout in organisational elections.

We comment regarding the voter turnout of the 2023 RANZCP election for President-Elect. The RANZCP reported that 37% of eligible members voted in 2023, while 35% voted in 2021, and 39.9% in 2019 (college emails). Low voter turnouts occurred despite the RANZCP sending reminders, candidate profiles and other measures to encourage voting. Therefore 63% of members, a clear majority, did not vote for their binational leader, who represents their discipline on the national and international stage, as in previous elections...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-708
Number of pages2
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number5
Early online date24 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Elections
  • Administration
  • Governance


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