Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age 2023 Conference


9 - 11 November 2023


Novotel Melbourne on Collins
270 Collins St
Melbourne Vic 3000

Organised by

Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age


Old age

The RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age are pleased to present their 2023 conference which will focus on the theme of "Ageing in the contemporary era". 

This year our conference aims to introduce the concept of old age psychiatry to the younger generation by introducing a "speed dating/networking" and panel on the afternoon of Wednesday 8 November. We also have a diverse array of speakers and presentations with an international old age psychiatrist as well as a session for trainees to present their Scholarly Project over 2 days. There will be also be a trainee education morning workshop on Saturday 11 November. This diverse and interactive program will showcase ageing in the contemporary era.  

The Organising Committee is currently curating a dynamic program which will be published online later in the year.  


Keynote speakers

John O’Brien is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. He is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Emeritus Senior Investigator and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. He is the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead for Dementia.
His main research interests are improving the diagnosis and management of Lewy body dementia and he was Chief Investigator on the DIAMOND-Lewy study. He has been a member of the National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE) and several International Dementia Guideline groups.

Invited speakers

Dr. Jacqueline Rakov is a clinical and forensic psychiatrist and Deputy Chair of the Forensic Faculty RANZCP (Vic). A large portion of her work includes the preparation of psychiatric reports in matters concerning both criminal and civil law. A particular area of interest is medicolegal work and reviewing the standard of care in medical negligence claims. She has worked with both plaintiff and defendant law firms in such matters as well as serving as the independent expert to the Coroner's Court. 
A passionate educator, Jackie holds a Masters of Health Professions Education and enjoys teaching medical students and doctors as well as offering continuing professional development to the legal community. 
In a treatment capacity Jackie has worked extensively in forensic settings, treating mentally ill offenders, and now holds a current appointment as the forensic psychiatrist for Monash Health and has particular interests in psychotherapy and trauma disorders in private practice.
Felice Jacka OAM is Alfred Deakin Professor of Nutritional Psychiatry, Co-Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University, and founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research. Professor Jacka has been responsible for the development of the highly innovative and impactful field of ‘Nutritional Psychiatry’, establishing diet as a risk factor and treatment target for mental disorders. The results of the studies she has led have been highly influential, being cited in more than 100 policy documents globally (e.g. WHO, UNICEF) and influencing clinical guidelines in psychiatry in Australia and elsewhere. She is widely recognized as international leader in the field of Nutritional Psychiatry research. She is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2020-2022 inclusive), putting her in the top 0.1% of publishing scientists worldwide for impact. In 2021 she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to Nutritional Psychiatry. She has written two books for commercial publication, including the very popular children’s book “There’s a Zoo in my Poo”.
Dr Wijeratne graduated in medicine from UNSW and trained in old age psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London. He is a clinician who divides his time between public and private practice. He is currently Clinical Lead of Old Age Psychiatry at Prince of Wales Hospital and an Adj Assoc Prof at UNDA. He has dabbled in a number of somewhat obscure research areas over the years. After completing a postgraduate research degree in syndromes of chronic fatigue in older people, he researched late onset bipolar disorders. However, he has developed an abiding interest in doctors’ health, publishing papers on intention to retire, successful ageing, prevalence of psychological distress, stigma and barriers to help seeking in doctors. He has also led the development of NSW Health Guidelines on BPSD and written a handbook on dementia for carers and health professionals in Sri Lanka.


Abstract submissions are now closed for the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age 2023 conference.

Abstract submission key dates

  • Abstract submission opens: Thursday 15 June 2023 
  • Abstract submission closes: Thursday 31 August 2023
  • Notification to authors: Monday 18 September 2023
  • Author acceptance due: Monday 2 October 2023

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Registration is now open for the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age 2023 Conference. Early bird pricing ends on Monday 2 October 2023.

Registration category

Early bird


RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate



Retired RANZCP Fellow



RANZCP Trainee



Non-RANZCP psychiatrist / medical practitioner  



University student (medicine, psychology)



Conference add-on registration

Ticket item


Guest Welcome reception ticket 


Conference dinner ticket




Conference registration includes:

  • Attendance at the Welcome reception on Thursday 10 November
  • Access to all conference sessions on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November
  • Refreshments and lunch on both conference days
  • One (1) ticket to the Welcome reception on Thursday, drinks and canapés will be served. Note: Additional guest tickets for the Welcome reception can be purchased as part of the registration process at the cost of $70 pp


Accommodation can be booked directly with Novotel


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Terms and conditions

Cancellation policy

Delegate cancellation - Change of mind

All requests for cancellation must be made in writing and sent to . Cancellations received before 6 November 2023 will incur a $75.00 administration fee. No refunds will be issued after this date. However, an alternative delegate name may be submitted. All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to

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 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 will be provided; however, you may be asked to provide additional details.

Conference cancellation

If we are required to make any changes or cancellations to our 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, delegates will be notified by email and will be provided a full refund of their registration fee.

COVID 19 compliance

All participants at the conference will be required to comply with the COVID Safety Guidelines and protocols in place with the venue/s and the conference which will be aligned and compliant with all relevant Commonwealth and state government health advice at that time. By registering for this event, the RANZCP reserves the right to provide your contact details to authorities for the purposes of contact tracing and any other relevant government requirements.

Details of the protocols and requirements will be available on the website and all registrants will be bound by these requirements. The RANZCP reserves the right to update the COVID protocols to ensure the health and safety of participants, including but not limited to event entry requirements. Participants may be excluded if they do not comply with the requirements of the COVID Safety Guidelines and protocols.


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