Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2024 Conference

Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamua: Learning from the past to inform the future.


21 - 23 August 2024


Rydges Latimer Christchurch
30 Latimer Square
Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Organised by

Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Children & adolescents

Nau mai, haere mai

We warmly invite you to attend the RANZCP Faculty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2024 conference, Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamua: Learning from the past to inform the future, to be held in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) from 20-23 August.

Has there ever been a time like this before? Post-global pandemic, social media fake news, AI, growing disparity, environmental fears becoming reality and multiple political dualisms are all weighty issues and impact upon pēpē, tamariki and rangatahi.

In this midst of this, Aotearoa has been undergoing immense change in the delivery of mental health services, and CAMHS are no longer “the only shop in town”. The mental health of infants, children, adolescents and families requires the contribution of many different services and many different approaches. The mental health environment has certainly changed and whilst we welcome widening the range of options, the dynamism brings challenges with it. We hope this conference offers a chance to join together, to acknowledge the past, to reflect and to continue on to best meet the needs of children.

We have yet to come to terms with the impact of the pandemic, but we can learn from other times of disaster, such as Ōtautahi’s earthquakes of 2011. It is wonderful to be returning to a newly opened conference venue and to the winter wonderland that is Te Wai Pounamu.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr Tanya Wright

Conference Convenor

Key dates

  • Abstract submission opens: Monday 18 March 2024
  • Abstract submission closes: Friday 3 May 2024


The conference is being held at:

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
30 Latimer Square
Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

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Call for abstracts

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Organising Committee, you must also intend to register for the conference. Online submission is the only accepted method of abstract submission.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 3 May 2024.

  • Abstract submission opens     Monday 18 March 2024
  • Abstract submission closes    Friday 3 May 2024
  • Notification to authors            Tuesday 11 June 2024
  • Author acceptance of offer    Friday 21 June 2024
  • Author registration deadline Wednesday 26 June 2024

Presentation types

Authors will be required to indicate their preferred presentation format when submitting an abstract. The available presentation types are:  

  1. Oral presentation
    An extended oral presentation is typically a 15–20-minute oral presentation. The presentation will include time for questions.
  2. Symposium presentation 
     A symposium presentation consists of a maximum of six individual presentations submitted by one author on behalf of the group and under one common theme. Please ensure all information relating to each individual symposium presentation is included in the one abstract submitted. The standard time allocated per symposium is 90 minutes. 

Presentation themes

The Organising Committee is seeking papers that are clinically relevant to psychiatrists, paediatricians and other mental health professionals in the area of infant, child, adolescent and youth mental health. The following themes are broad and inclusive and may provide guidance for submission:

  1. Trauma and psychological therapies 
  2. Māori, Pasifika, Aboriginal and Torres Islander mental health 
  3. Perinatal and infant mental health
  4. Neurodevelopmental disorders, disability and neurobiology
  5. Adolescent mental health
  6. Psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry
  7. Forensic psychiatry/Youth justice
  8. Paediatric consultation liaison psychiatry
  9. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and workforce development 
  10.  School and community based wellbeing and mental health
  11. Public health - access, equity and preventative strategies 

Connell Werry Prize

The Connell Werry Prize is an annual prize awarded to an Advanced Trainee in child and adolescent psychiatry for the most outstanding paper or poster presented at the annual meeting of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The prize honours Dr John Werry and Dr Helen Connell, who were pioneers in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Australia. 

Advanced Trainees who meet the criteria and whose abstracts are accepted for presentation at the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s annual meeting will be automatically considered. The prize may be given to one person, or if there are no suitable applicants, the prize will not be awarded in that year. 

The prize includes A$1,000 to be spent attending a conference in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry; a beautifully framed award certificate; and an invitation to accept the award at the College Ceremony during Congress.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is a three-step process. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your submission is uploaded into the portal correctly.

Step 1: Populate the abstract template

Download the relevant template via the below links, save it to your desktop and populate your abstract into the template in the required format. 

Download the oral abstract template

Download the symposium abstract template

Abstracts submitted not using this template will be returned to the author for correction.

  • Text must be in Arial, 10pt font, single-spaced and left aligned
  • Your abstract text should be no more than 250 words, including references
  • Your abstract should clearly and concisely outline the content of the presentation and should include key points/issues to be addressed
  • Where applicable, the abstract should include the subheadings; Background, Objectives, Methods, Findings and Conclusions  
  • After completing the template, move onto step 2.

Step 2: Create an account and log into the abstract submission portal 

 Abstract submission portal

Click “Create New Account” and enter your contact details. These details are required to create the account. 

Once you have created an account within this portal you can proceed with your abstract submission, and you will later be able to use this log-in to view speaker briefing notes and register your attendance at the conference.

Step 3: Submit your abstract

Once you have logged into the abstract submission portal, click on “Abstract Submission” in the top menu bar. You will be required to provide the following details prior to uploading the abstract file:

  • The title of your abstract
  • Presentation type (preference only)
  • Theme
  • Name and organisation of all co-authors
  • A brief biography of the presenting author (max 200 words)
  • Your completed abstract

Once you have entered in this information you will then be able to submit your abstract.

Please note:

  • All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned to the author and must be re-submitted immediately in the correct format to be considered for inclusion in the program.
  • All fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.
  • You will be able to access the speaker portal account to edit draft submissions and submit additional abstracts. To change successfully submitted abstracts please contact
  •  Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author, who should complete all fields. 

Confirming your submission

You are required to double check your abstract has uploaded correctly during the upload process. If you have any concerns, please contact

Notification to authors

Notification of the outcome of your submission will be communicated to the presenting author on Tuesday 11 June 2024. Please note the details provided, as the author contact should be for the presenting author of your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person, and they should in turn distribute to all co-authors as applicable.

Abstract speaker registration

The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants. 

All presenters must register for the conference by Wednesday 26 June 2024 in order for the presentation to be included in the conference program.

Further enquiries

For any enquiries regarding abstract submission please contact





Terms and conditions


For accommodation cancellation policies, please refer to the individual hotel policies noted on their website. Any amendments to original hotel bookings must be forwarded via email to the Conference Office. 

Verbal changes or cancellations cannot be accepted nor will the hotels accept any changes direct.

Voluntary cancellation

Should you decide to cancel your registration, the following refunds will apply from the date of receipt of notification:

On or before Thursday 18 July 2024: 50% refund less an administration fee of $110 including GST

After Thursday 18 July 2024: no refund available although registration may be transferred to another individual. 

Refunds will be returned by the same payment method as the original receipt of funds.

No refund will be made after Thursday 18 July 2024 however an alternative delegate name may be provided by email and the booking and funds will be allocated accordingly. 

Please note no refund or discount will be made if a function or event inclusive within the registration fee is not taken up, or if you subsequently cancel your participation in that function or event.

Optional social event tickets may be cancelled on or before Thursday 18 July 2024 and will be refunded in full by the same payment method as the original receipt of funds. After Thursday 18 July 2024 no refunds will be made, however an alternative delegate name may be provided by email and the booking and funds will be allocated accordingly.

In the case of extenuating circumstances, a refund outside of these terms and conditions may be considered by and at the discretion of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference (FCAP) upon application.

Conference cancellation or postponement

The RANZCP may cancel or postpone the conference due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to Acts of God, terrorism, war, strikes or industrial action, fire, explosion, inevitable accident, breakdown of property, changes in law, or pandemics or global health crises. Due to the nature of the event, it may be reasonable to postpone the event to a later year and/or to change the location for the conference.

In the event the conference is not able to proceed as planned, and is moved to a virtual format, your registration will be transferred to a virtual registration. If you choose not to attend the virtual conference, the RANZCP will not be required to refund any part of the conference registration fee.

In the event of postponement of the conference, if, when requested, you advise that you are willing to attend the rescheduled conference, the RANZCP will transfer the registration and guarantee the same conditions and equivalent registration entitlements (subject to reasonable modification and availability) at the rescheduled event. If, at a later date, you then choose not to attend the rescheduled conference, the RANZCP will not be required to refund any part of the conference registration fee.

In the event of a full cancellation of the conference by the RANZCP, you will be entitled to a full refund of the amount of the conference registration fee received.

The maximum liability of the RANZCP under these Terms and Conditions is limited to a refund of the conference registration fee with no additional liability for travel costs, hotel costs, or any other associated costs.

Delegate cancellation – Medical

The health and safety of conference attendees is our highest priority. The RANZCP is mindful of the health risks posed by COVID-19, and the importance of both adhering to best practice health and safety practices and following official medical advice with respect to social distancing, practicing good hygiene and staying at home when unwell. The RANZCP requests that any delegate who is feeling unwell or has cold or flu like symptoms, or who may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, not attend the conference. 

If, on medical grounds, you are unable to attend the conference, you must cancel your attendance in writing by email to A full refund may be provided at the discretion of the RANZCP; however you may be asked to provide additional details.


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