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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.

The Regulations [PDF; 273 KB] of the FPOA outline the role and responsibilities of the Bi-national Faculty.

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.


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

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

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



In order to promote excellence in advancing the quality of life in older people with mental illness, the Faculty supports the following awards:

  • Basic Trainee Prize
  • Psychiatric Trainee Prize for Scholarly Project
  • ​Best Mental Health Service Improvement Prize

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


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

Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age / Asian Society Against Dementia Conference 2018
'Ageing in the Asian century: new answers to old questions'
8–10 November 2018
Crown Promenade, Melbourne, VIC

.Presentations from previous RANZCP conferences


Other resources