Section of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry 2024 Conference

New frontiers & clinical challenges


14 - 15 June 2024


RACV Healesville Country Club and Resort

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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Section of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry 2024 Conference will focus on the theme ‘New Frontiers & Clinical Challenges’.

The conference will be held across one and a half days at the RACV Healesville Country Club and Resort in Healesville, Victoria from Friday 14 June to Saturday 15 June 2024. Nestled in the beautiful Yarra Valley just over an hour from Melbourne, RACV Healesville Country Club & Resort offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With two exciting restaurants and bars to enjoy, experience exquisite food and world-class wines right at your fingertips. Unwind with a One Spa treatment, play a round of golf on our Michael Clayton designed 18-hole course, and treat the kids to a day of fun on our playground, there's something for everyone.

With plenty to do for families and couples alike, make the most of your visit by visiting the region’s award-winning wineries and restaurants, exploring gardens and parks, and hiking along local trails.

There will be a welcome function at the venue on the evening of Friday 14 June.

The scientific program will explore latest developments and updates in the field of perinatal and infant psychiatry, including updates on prescribing in pregnancy and lactation as well as updates across managing perinatal and infant mental health. Several excellent speakers will present key findings from their work including Keynote Speakers Mount Sinai Professor Veerle Bergink, an internationally recognised leader in the management of bipolar and postpartum psychosis in the perinatal period and WA Professor Andrew Whitehouse who is leading ground breaking research into prevention and early intervention for autism spectrum disorder in infants utilising an attachment based intervention.


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


Keynote Speakers



Early bird rates available until 19 April 2024. 

Registration typeEarly-birdStandard registration
RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate$780.00$880
Non-RANZCP Fellow- Psychiatrists and other medical practitioners$830.00$930
RANZCP trainee$370.00$470
Retired Fellow$460.00$560
Allied Health$530.00$630
University student (medicine/psychology)$370.00$470

Conference registration includes:

  • Access to all conference sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Refreshments and lunch on all conference days 
  • Conference name badge and handbook
  • One (1) ticket to the welcome reception on Friday, drinks and substantial canapés will be served.


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 2 February 2024

Abstract submission key dates

  • Abstract submission opens: Monday 27 November 2023 
  • Abstract submission closes: Friday 2 February 2024
  • Notification to authors: Friday 16 February 2024
  • Author acceptance due: Friday 23 February 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.

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 AEDT on Friday 2 February 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 Healesville is a condition of acceptance into the program.

Submit an Abstract

Location & Accommodation

The conference is being held at:
 RACV Healesville Country Club and Resort
 122 Healesville-Kinglake Road,
 Healesville VIC 3777

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Discounted accommodation rates are available at the conference venue and bookings should be make directly with the hotel via this link.

Conference support

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

You can view the conference support prospectus here.

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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 12 June 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.