Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry (FFP) is a body of experts that promote 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.

Bi-national Faculty Committee

The Chair of the Bi-national Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Committee is Dr Justin Barry-Walsh.

The current committee can be contacted via email to membership@ranzcp.org.

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

Faculty Subcommittees

A Faculty Subcommittee is established on the approval of the Bi-national Faculty Committee to engage with Faculty members at the jurisdictional level, and, in consultation with the respective Bi-national Faculty Committee, carry out the responsibilities of the Bi-national Committee within its respective jurisdiction.

Subcommittees can be contacted via the respective jurisdiction Branch Office or the New Zealand National Office. 

  • New Zealand Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Subcommittee
  • New South Wales Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Subcommittee
  • Queensland Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Subcommittee
  • Victorian Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Subcommittee 
  • Western Australia Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Subcommittee


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

Join the Faculty via My RANZCP [Member login required]

The Regulations [PDF; 58 KB] 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 Faculty's Accredited Membership Policy [PDF; 33 KB] outlines the pathways to become an Accredited Member. 

For further information on applying for accredited membership of the Faculty, please email membership@ranzcp.org.


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 for the Medlicott Award are currently closed and will reopen 1 September 2022. 

►Further information can be found under Faculty and Section awards.


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.

.Presentations from previous RANZCP conferences

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