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Bi-national Section Committees

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

Election/Appointment Process Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Section members (Fellows, Affiliates and Trainees) via a 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 AGM 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 Section Committee


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

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 the Bi-national Section 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 Section 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 Section Committee, they may complete their annual term, but they are not eligible for appointment thereafter. 

Responsibilities of a Bi-national Section Committee

The Section, through its Bi-national Section Committee, will be responsible for:
  • Promoting the objectives of the College as stated in the Constitution with particular reference to the Section’s discipline of psychiatry.
  • Promoting and encouraging the study of psychiatry relevant to the Section’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 Section’s discipline.
  • Promoting and encouraging the development of knowledge and practice, of the highest standard, in the Section’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 Section’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 Section’s discipline.
  • Assisting the College in the preparation of position statements, submissions and other documents on psychiatry relevant to the Section’s discipline.
  • Informing and engaging with the general community on topics relevant to the Section’s discipline, and particularly to promote a clear understanding of the subject.
  • Identifying and managing risks associated with the Section, the Bi-national Section 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 Section Subcommittee via the relevant Section Member on the Bi-national Section 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 Section 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 Section shall be represented on the Members’ Advisory Council (MAC) by the Chair of the Bi-national Section Committee.

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

Current Bi-national Section Committee Chairs and Contact Information

Committee Current Chair
Bi-national Section of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Committee Dr John Kasinathan
Bi-national Section of Early Career Psychiatrists Committee Dr Alice Chang
Bi-national Section of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation Committee Dr Alan Weiss
Bi-national Section of History, Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry Committee Prof Michael Wong
Bi-national Section of Leadership and Management Committee A/Prof Robert Parker
Bi-national Section of Neuropsychiatry Committee Prof Richard Kanaan
Bi-national Section of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry Committee Prof Megan Galbally
Bi-national Section of Private Practice Psychiatry Committee Dr Michelle Atchison
Bi-national Section of Psychiatry of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee Dr Chad Bennett
Bi-national Section of Rural Psychiatry Committee Dr Mathew Coleman
Bi-national Section of Social and Cultural Psychiatry Committee Dr Darryl Watson
Bi-national Section of Youth Mental Health Committee A/Prof James Scott

Contact a Bi-national Section Committee via membership@ranzcp.org.