Associate Professor Vinay Lakra

Vinay Lakra RANZCP President-Elect


Associate Professor Vinay Lakra became a RANZCP Fellow in 2007. He is the Clinical Director of North West Area Mental Health Service, North Western Mental Health. He served as the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria for three years during 2016–19. He is a surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and a member of the AMA Victoria council. 
Dr Lakra graduated in medicine from JN Medical College, India in 1999 and then completed his MD in psychiatry from Central Institute of Psychiatry, India in 2002 before moving to Australia in 2004. He is also a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, has a Masters in Health Management from University of New South Wales and is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Lakra’s interest and expertise includes leadership and management, clinical governance systems, patient safety and quality, assessment and training standards for SIMGs; and supervision and mentoring of junior doctors and early career psychiatrists. He also continues to be involved in clinical practice in general psychiatry including electroconvulsive therapy.
Dr Lakra has been involved in College activities over the years including initially as a member and subsequently Deputy Chair of the Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education. As part of this committee, he has extensive involvement in the development and operation of changes to assessment and training of SIMGs including Substantial/ Partial Comparability programs. Dr Lakra continues to be a College-accredited supervisor and an assessor for the Substantial Comparability program.
He joined the Board for a two-year term from May 2018, and assumed the role of President-elect of the RANZCP from May 2019 – May 2021. Dr Lakra will assume the role of President in May 2021.
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