Dr Kym Jenkins is the current President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). Her term as President began in May 2017 and will conclude in May 2019. Dr Jenkins was elected to the RANZCP’s inaugural Board in 2013 and was the inaugural Chair of the Membership Engagement Committee. Dr Jenkins was also a member of RANZCP General Council from 2005-2010.
Dr Jenkins has held a range of roles as a Consultant Psychiatrist in both the public and private sectors. She has a clinical and academic interest in the health and welfare of the medical profession and has spent the last 10 years in the role of Medical Director of the Victorian Doctors Health Program. In her private practice, Dr Jenkins continues her work in the doctors health field whilst specialising in consultation-liaison and women’s psychiatry. She is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University and an honorary senior fellow at Melbourne University.
Dr Jenkins has had extensive involvement in psychiatry-related medical education, both within the RANZCP and externally. She has had roles within the College as an accredited examiner, trainer and assessor and has served as the Chair of the Committee for Examinations; Chair of the Fellowships Attainment Committee; and the Deputy Chair of the Board of Education. She has also been involved in the planning and development of the (competency-based) Fellowship program since its inception and has chaired several of its working parties.