Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age 2024 Conference

The art of ageing


6 - 8 November 2024


Chateau on the Park
Christchurch, NZ

Organised by



Old age Professionalism

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age 2024 Conference will focus on the theme ‘The Art of Ageing’.

The conference will be held across two and a half days at Chateau on the Park, Christchurch, New Zealand from Wednesday 6 November to Friday 8 November 2024. There will be a welcome function on the evening of Wednesday 6 November.

Join us for a transformative experience. Featuring world-renowned old age psychiatrists, Professors Rob Howard and Sube Banerjee, as keynote speakers, this event promises profound insights into the ageing process.

Discover the latest advancements in old age psychiatry and connect with peers. Together, we'll unlock the secrets of age-related mental health care and shape the future of the field.

Dr Gary Cheung
 Conference Convenor 


Keynote speakers


Invited speakers



The Organising Committee is currently curating a dynamic program which will be published online in August 2024. 


Abstracts are invited for the conference.

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Organising Committee, you must also intend to register for the conference.

Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly.

The deadline for abstract submission is 30 June 2024. 

Abstract submission key dates

  • Abstract submission opens: Monday 29 January 2024 
  • Abstract submission closes: Sunday 30 June 2024
  • Notification to authors: Wednesday 17 July 2024
  • Author acceptance due: Wednesday 24 July 2024

Presentation type

When submitting an abstract, please indicate whether you wish for it to be considered for an oral or poster presentation. An oral presentation should include time for questions and may highlight research findings, clinical case experience, or another topic of interest to the conference theme.

How to submit your abstract

Abstract submission is a two-step process:

Step 1

Download the abstract template [MS Word; 13.8 KB], save it to your desktop and complete it.

Step 2

Create an account via the abstract submission portal and upload your abstract.

Submit an 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.
  • Abstract submission will close at 23:59 on Sunday 30 June 2024.
  • 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. Presentations must be delivered in person and the ability and willingness to present in Christchurch is a condition of acceptance into the program.

Location & accommodation

The conference is being held at:
Chateau on the Park - Christchurch
189 Deans Avenue, Riccarton
Christchurch, 8011, New Zealand

Book your accommodation


The Selwyn Foundation

The Organising Committee is pleased to offer various support packages which will maximise your company's visibility at the 2024 conference. To discuss support opportunities please email

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 4 November 2024 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.

Health and safety requirements

All participants at the conference will be required to comply with the Health and 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 any relevant protocols and requirements will be communicated to delegates who will be bound by these requirements.


Conference participants are strongly advised to secure appropriate travel and health insurance. The RANZCP and the conference Organising Committee accept no responsibility for any loss in this regard.

Privacy policy

The RANZCP will only collect personal information from individuals when it is reasonably necessary for the activities of the RANZCP, and all such collection will be subject to the RANZCP Privacy Policy and any other notifications.