Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry and Section of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Conference

Future Forensic Practice across the Lifespan: Science, Evidence and Risk.


9 - 12 October 2024


Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise



The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry and Section of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry 2024 Conference will focus on the theme ‘Future forensic practice across the lifespan: Science, evidence and risk’.

The conference will be held on the spectacular Gold Coast in Queensland from Wednesday 9 October – Saturday 12 October 2024. 

The invited speakers will present on topics such as:

  • civil injury assessment
  • Indigenous cultural mental state examination
  • international approaches to fitness and soundness in criminal jurisdictions
  • legal issues and speakers
  • dealing with fixated threat issues
  • innovations in combined services with police
  • child abuse perpetration over the decades and
  • specialist assessment of those who commit sexual offences. 

We are confident that all practising forensic clinicians will find something in the program of relevance to their practice.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission opens: Monday 18 March 2024 
  • Registration opens: registrations will open soon
  • Abstract submission closes: Friday 3 May 2024


Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
2807 Gold Coast Highway
Surfers Paradise Qld 4217


Accommodation can be booked directly with the venue via the link below.

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Call for abstracts

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 Friday 3 May 2024.

Key dates to remember:

  • Abstract submission opens     Monday 18 March 2024
  • Abstract submission closes    Friday 3 May 2024
  • Notification to authors            Monday 3 June 2024
  • Author acceptance of offer    Tuesday 11 June 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 11.59 pm AEST on Friday 3 May 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 on the Gold Coast is a condition of acceptance into the program.



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 30 October 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

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.