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Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry (FFP) is a body of experts that promotes the highest standards in professional practice, training and research pertaining to forensic psychiatry.

Forensic psychiatry

Forensic psychiatry is the subspecialty of psychiatry which interfaces with the law.


The Faculty aims to:

  • promote the objectives of the College relating to forensic psychiatry
  • advise on training in forensic psychiatry through the subcommittee of advanced training
  • advance and disseminate research in forensic psychiatry
  • contribute to and promote the highest standards of professional practice.

Current committee members

The current committee can be contacted through

The chair of the FFP bi-national committee is Dr Justin Barry-Walsh.

The Bi-national Faculty Committee's Regulations outline the purpose and responsibilities of the FFP Committee.


All members of the College (including trainees and Affiliates) are eligible to join the Faculty. 

The Regulations [PDF; 58 KB] of the FFP outline the role and responsibilities of Faculty membership.

Fellows and Affiliates of the College may apply for Accredited membership of the Faculty if they have completed the relevant Certificate of Advanced Training or have significant experience in forensic psychiatry. The accredited membership criteria policy outlines the pathways to receiving accredited membership. 

For further information on applying for accredited membership of the Faculty, please email


In order to encourage achievements and excellence in forensic psychiatry, the Faculty supports the following awards:

  • The Medlicott Award
  • The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Trainee Conference Presentation Award

Applications are now closed and will reopen September 2020. For any queries please contact

►Further information can be found in the Awards section of the RANZCP website.


The Certificate of Advanced Training in Forensic Psychiatry is the premier training program in Australia and New Zealand in forensic psychiatry.


The Faculty contributes regularly to RANZCP position statements, and is involved in consultations on behalf of the College.

.Medico-legal issues policy and advocacy page


The Faculty hosts an annual scientific conference. Current event information can be found below.

Department of State Hospitals(DSH) Forensic Mental Health Forum

This is an annual meeting, which provides an opportunity for those working in public forensic psychiatry in the US to meet and consider issues relevant to their practice. This year the meeting is being broadened to include Australia and New Zealand following on from our contact with services especially in California, where there is an appetite for connecting and networking with public forensic services in Australasia.

The main focus of the two-day academic programme will be on psychopharmacology. The meeting provides an opportunity to further strengthen the growing positive relationships with public forensic psychiatry in the US, particularly California. I would encourage anyone who is
able to attend to do so.

Dr Justin Barry-Walsh
Chair Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry

View the event flyer [PDF; 1.2 MB]
View event program [PDF; 132 KB]

.Presentations from previous RANZCP conferences