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 chair of the FPOA bi-national committee is Associate Professor Stephen Macfarlane.

The current committee can be contacted through membership@ranzcp.org.

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 outlines the pathways to receiving accredited membership. 

For further information or to apply for accredited membership of the Faculty, please email membership@ranzcp.org



The Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age prizes promote excellence in advancing the quality of life in older people with mental illness. 

Applications are now open and will close at 11.59 pm AEDT 31 October 2020. For any queries or to apply please contact awards@ranzcp.org.

More information about the 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.

Policy and advocacy

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


Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age 2021 Conference

‘New horizons of ageing’
4–6 November 2021
Blue Mountains, New South Wales Australia

Presentations from previous RANZCP conferences


The International Psychogeriatric Association

Other resources

History of old age mental health podcast - Professor Brian Draper

Useful links for Faculty members