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; 196 KB]

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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.
  • 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). Note that any face-to-face meeting will be held by other means in light of COVID-19.
  • Two (2) teleconference meetings (each meeting duration is typically 1-2 hours).


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 Prof Valsamma Eapen
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 Dr David Lie
Bi-national Faculty of Psychotherapy Committee Dr Paul Cammell

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