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Bi-national Faculty Committees

The role of a Bi-national Faculty Committee is to promote discussion and co-operation among members of the College and the general public in their relevant discipline of psychiatry.

Bi-national Faculty Committees' Regulations [PDF; 274 KB]

Election/Appointment Process Information

How the Chair position is filled on a Bi-national Faculty Committee

Nominations for the Chair position is via the completion of an electronic Nomination Form.

A nominee for a Chair position is to be a Fellow and an Accredited Member of the respective Faculty.

Should one nomination be received, that person shall be duly elected.  If more than one nomination is received, the Chair shall be determined by the Faculty members (Fellows, Affiliates and Trainees) via a ballot.  The ballot will be undertaken by the College.

The term of office for the position of Chair shall be two years from the conclusion of the College’s AGM in the year in which the Chair was elected.  The Chair will be eligible for re-appointment to this position to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.

The Faculty shall be represented on the Members’ Advisory Council (MAC) by the Chair of the Bi-national Faculty Committee.

How Jurisdictional Member positions are filled on a Bi-national Faculty Committee

Jurisdictional Member positions on a Bi-national Faculty Committee will be filled by the Chair of a Faculty Subcommittee (where a Faculty Subcommittee exists).  Bi-national Faculty Committee elections will capture the balance of Jurisdictional Member positions not filled via a Faculty Subcommittee.

Nominations for Jurisdictional Member positions are via the completion of an electronic Nomination Form.

A nominee for a Jurisdictional Member position is to be a Fellow or Affiliate and an Accredited Member of the respective Faculty.

Where there is only one nomination for an Australian jurisdiction or two nominations from New Zealand, that person(s) will be duly elected.

Where there is more than one nomination for an Australian jurisdiction or more than three nominations from New Zealand, the member(s) for that jurisdiction shall be determined by the Faculty members (Fellows, Affiliates and Trainees) via ballot.  The ballot will be undertaken by the College.  

The term of office of all Jurisdictional Members shall be two years from the conclusion of the College’s Annual General Meeting in the year in which the Jurisdictional Member was elected.  Jurisdictional Members will be eligible for reappointment to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.

How the Trainee Representative position is filled on a Bi-national Faculty Committee

Nominations are open to all Trainees who are members of the relevant Faculty.

Nominations for the Trainee Representative position is via the completion of an electronic Nomination Form.

Each Trainee nominee is required to submit a CV (up to 2 pages) and a Supporting Statement (of approximately 250 words) as part of their nomination form outlining their interest in joining a Bi-national Faculty committee, including relevant skills, knowledge and interest area(s).

At the close of nominations, the Trainee nominees’ names and supporting documents will be collated and forwarded to the Bi-national Faculty Committee for consideration before endorsement by the Trainee Representative Committee (TRC).  

The Trainee Representative will be eligible for re-appointment to this position to serve a maximum of five (5) consecutive terms.

In the event that the trainee is admitted to Fellowship during their term on the Bi-national Faculty Committee, they may complete their annual term, but they are not eligible for appointment thereafter.

Responsibilities of a Bi-national Faculty Committee

The Faculty, through its Bi-national Faculty Committee, will be responsible for:
  • Promoting the objectives of the College as stated in the Constitution with particular reference to the Faculty’s discipline of psychiatry.
  • Promoting and encouraging the study of psychiatry relevant to the Faculty’s discipline in all its aspects by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
  • Promoting and encouraging the highest clinical and ethical standards in the delivery of psychiatry services relevant to the Faculty’s discipline.
  • Working with the Education Committee and relevant Subcommittee for Advanced Training to continue to provide psychiatry training programs in the Faculty’s psychiatry discipline for trainee psychiatrists and psychiatrists.
  • Working with the Accreditation Committee to accredit training programs in the Faculty’s psychiatry discipline for trainee psychiatrists and psychiatrists in accordance with College Policy and delegation.
  • Promoting and encouraging the development of knowledge and practice, of the highest standard, in the Faculty’s relevant discipline of psychiatry, for psychiatrists, trainee psychiatrists, medical students, related health professionals, students of related health professions, other medical practitioners and involved legal practitioners.
  • Promoting and facilitating research relevant to the Faculty’s discipline of psychiatry and disseminate and promote the research as appropriate.
  • Liaising and co-operating with societies and associations outside the College in the study and practice of psychiatry relevant to the Faculty’s discipline.
  • Assisting the College in the preparation of position statements, submissions and other documents on psychiatry relevant to the Faculty’s discipline.
  • Informing and engaging with the general community on topics relevant to the Faculty’s discipline, and particularly to promote a clear understanding of the subject.
  • Identifying and managing risks associated with the Faculty, the Bi-national Faculty Committee and its Subcommittees (if established) in accordance with the College’s Risk Management Policy.
  • Developing and implementing an annual Work Plan.
  • Approving the establishment of a Faculty Subcommittee via the relevant Jurisdictional Member on the Bi-national Faculty Committee. 
  • Maintaining close communication and collaboration with their Subcommittee(s), and the appropriate Branch Committee or New Zealand National Committee, on College matters relevant to that committee.

Committee Member Commitment Required

Meeting frequency:

A Bi-national Faculty Committee typically meet four (4) times per calendar year:
  • Two (2) face-to-face meetings (each meeting duration is typically 6 hours)
  • Two (2) teleconference meetings (each meeting duration is typically 1-2 hours).

Chair

The Faculty shall be represented on the Members’ Advisory Council (MAC) by the Chair of the Bi-national Faculty Committee.

The Bi-national Faculty Committee Chair will update Faculty members on the activities of the Faculty at its Annual Members’ Forum (held at the College’s Congress or in conjunction with the Faculty’s Annual Scientific Meeting).

Current Bi-national Faculty Committee Chairs and Contact Information

Committee Current Chair
Bi-national Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry Committee Dr Shalini Arunogiri
Bi-national Faculty of Adult Psychiatry Committee Dr Agnew Alexander
Bi-national Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee Dr Paul Robertson
Bi-national Faculty of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Committee Dr Carol Silberberg
Bi-national Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Committee Dr Justin Barry-Walsh
Bi-national Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Committee A/Prof Stephen Macfarlane
Bi-national Faculty of Psychotherapy Committee Dr Michael Daubney

Contact a Bi-national Faculty Committee at membership@ranzcp.org.