Section of Addiction Psychiatry

The Section of Addiction Psychiatry (SOAP) is an RANZCP group that promotes the highest standards in clinical practice, training and research pertaining to addiction psychiatry.

The Regulations [PDF; 177 KB] of the SOAP outline the role and responsibilities of the Section.


The Section aims to:

  • promote the objectives of the College relating to addiction psychiatry

  • advise on training in addiction psychiatry through the subcommittee of advanced training

  • advance and disseminate research in addiction psychiatry

  • contribute to and promote the highest standards of clinical practice.

Addiction psychiatry

Addiction psychiatry is a psychiatric subspecialty relating to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of people suffering from addiction disorders.

Current committee members

The current committee can be contacted through membership@ranzcp.org. The chair of the SOAP bi-national committee is Prof. Dan Lubman.


All members of the College (including trainees and Affiliates) are eligible to join the Section. For further information on membership, please email membership@ranzcp.org.


October 2013 newsletter [PDF; 802 KB]


In order to encourage achievements and excellence in the field of addiction psychiatry, the Section supports the Addiction Psychiatry Prize. Further information can be found in the Awards section of the RANZCP website.


The Certificate of Advanced Training in Addiction Psychiatry is the premier training program in Australia and New Zealand in addiction psychiatry.


The Section contributes regularly to RANZCP position statements, and is involved in consultations on behalf of the College.
►„Addiction policy and advocacy page


SOAP hosts a biennial scientific conference, 'Medicine in Addiction', in collaboration with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. The next Medicine in Addiction conference will be held in Melbourne in 2015. Current information can be found on the College’s Events page.
Presentations from previous RANZCP conferences