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.

Bi-national Section Committees' Regulations [PDF; 194 KB]

Supplementary Fact Sheet - Committee Elections 2022: Election Processes for Bi-national Section Committees [PDF; 131 KB]

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.
  • 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). 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 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 Yolisha Singh
Bi-national Section of Early Career Psychiatrists Committee Dr Edward Mullen
Bi-national Section of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation Committee Dr Salam Hussain
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 Philosphy and Humanities Committee A/Prof Robert Kaplan
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 A/Prof Mathew Coleman
Bi-national Section of Social and Cultural Psychiatry Committee Dr Darryl Watson
Bi-national Section of Youth Mental Health Committee Dr Daniel Pellen

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