A look back at the 2021 Congress

21 July 2021

After the cancellation of most conferences in 2020, and only limited opportunities to come together in person to learn and network, the RANZCP was delighted to be able to host a COVID-safe Congress in May this year with over 880 delegates attending in Hobart, and close to 500 delegates participating virtually.

The theme for Congress, ‘Influencing and being influenced by the world around us’, could not have been more apt – allowing delegates to explore how the world around us has changed over the last 18 months, and to think about psychiatry’s place in a very changed world.

Throughout the week, delegates heard from keynote speakers from Australia, the USA and the UK and had the opportunity to attend over 160 presentations covering all aspects of psychiatric practice. This year’s Congress featured presentations from 10 invited speakers, plus clinical update sessions on emerging treatments, mood disorders, psychiatry of old age, anorexia nervosa, and Indigenous mental health.

The annual College Ceremony was a special occasion for many, as new Fellows and Advanced Certificate recipients were congratulated and College awards from 2020 and 2021 were presented.

Delegates enjoyed a range of optional wellness activities during the week, and celebrated in style at the Congress Gala Dinner.

And at the RANZCP’s Annual General Meeting, Associate Professor Vinay Lakra assumed the role of President, taking over from outgoing President Associate Professor John Allan.

Watch the Presidential handover, and Associate Professor Lakra’s short address as he commences his term, below.


Congress 2021 photo gallery

RANZCP 2021 Congress Covenor Dr Aaron Groves​, The Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Past President Associate Professor John Allan

Professor David Copolov AO delivering a keynote address on the Wednesday morning of Congress

Delegates attending a Congress session

Past President, Associate Professor John Allan addressing participants in the 2021 College Ceremony

Over 150 new Fellows were congratulated at the 2021 College Ceremony

Enjoying the Congress Gala Dinner

Many delegates attended pre-Congress workshops on Sunday

Congress was a great chance to catch up and reconnect

Enjoying morning tea

The Welcome Reception was a fun and relaxing start to Congress

Board Directors Professor Neeraj Gill and Dr Mark Lawrence

RANZCP staff were always on hand to answer any questions

Dr Katherine Gelber presenting a virtual keynote address

Delegates enjoying one of the main plenary sessions

Congress featured up to 10 concurrent sessions

Members of the RANZCP Board

The College Ceremony celebrated the achievements of our new Fellows and award winners

2020 College Medal of Honour recipient, Professor Bruce Singh AM

Associate Professor Lakra and other Board members met with medical students attending Congress

Delegates attending a Congress session

Enjoying the Congress Gala Dinner