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Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age

The Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (FPOA) is a body of experts that promotes the highest standards in clinical practice, training and research pertaining to old age psychiatry.

Old age psychiatry

Old age psychiatry is a psychiatric subspecialty focusing on the mental health of older persons.


The Faculty aims to:

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

Current committee members

The current committee can be contacted through

The chair of the FPOA bi-national committee is A/Prof Stephen Macfarlane.

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


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

Accredited membership is available for members of the College who have completed the relevant Certificate of Advanced Training, or have equivalent experience in the field. The accredited membership criteria policy outlines the pathways to receiving accredited membership. 

For further information or to apply for accredited membership of the Faculty, please email



The RANZCP’s Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Prizes were established in 2012 to promote excellence in advancing the quality of life in older people with mental illness. 

.Faculty and section awards


The Certificate of Advanced Training in Psychiatry of Old Age is the premier training program in Australia and New Zealand in old age psychiatry.


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

.Aged care policy and advocacy page


Past events

.Presentations from previous RANZCP conferences


Other resources