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Members' Advisory Council

The Members' Advisory Council (MAC) provides the Board with information and advice, and acts as a forum for College members.

The MAC is made up of RANZCP members serving on other committees, thereby representing a wide range of College functions. There is also a community representative on the MAC. The President-Elect chairs the MAC, and Board members attend MAC meetings.

Members' Advisory Council regulations [PDF; 68 KB]


The Chair of the MAC is Dr Vinay Lakra. Contact the MAC at


Members of the MAC are appointed either by virtue of the position that they hold (ex-officio) or by their respective committees.

The MAC comprises:

  • President-Elect
  • President
  • Elected Directors x 5
  • Chair, Branch Committees x 8
  • Chair, New Zealand National Committee
  • Chair, Faculty Bi-national Committees x 6
  • Chair, Section Bi-national Committees x 12
  • Chair, Trainee Representative Committee
  • Chair, Overseas Trained Psychiatrists’ Representative Committee
  • Chair, Te Kaunihera
  • Chair, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee
  • Community representatives x 2 (NZ and Australia)

The term of office of all MAC members coincides with their term on their respective committee.


The Members’ Advisory Council is responsible for –

a) Providing advice to the Board on a variety of issues, including but not limited to:

  • the strategic direction of the College and assisting with the annual review of the College’s Strategic Plan
  • policy
  • proposed amendments to Regulations and the Constitution
  • other matters referred from the Board
  • issues and needs within mental health that impact on the delivery of mental health in the community and the activities of the College.

b) Providing a written report to the Board on:

  • the activities of the MAC
  • items of potential strategic or policy implication for the College
  • risks associated with mental health at a representative or jurisdictional level.

c) Providing a forum for the College membership to:

  • engage with the Board
  • provide advice, input and feedback to the Board
  • raise issues for discussion.

d) Acting as a resource for the Board.