Faculty of Adult Psychiatry 2021 Conference

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About the event

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we would like to invite you all to Gold Coast for the Faculty of Adult Psychiatry’s second binational conference. After our successful inaugural virtual conference in 2020, we have planned the 2021 to be in person on the land of the sandy beaches, ancient rainforests, thrilling theme parks and vibrant dining.  

The conference has a brilliant line up of speakers, who will bring in a goldmine of information in patient focused care in Psychiatry. Last year has been a challenging one for everyone in healthcare, as well as those living with mental health challenges, carers and supports. Physician burnout, rapid adaptability with changes in practice as well as providing care has been highlighted as key areas of advocacy.

We look forward to welcoming you in Gold Coast for what promises to be an exciting and informative weekend. This is an opportunity to take time out, to take stock and to look forward, there will also be opportunities to influence shaping the Faculty with innovative ideas and areas of focus.

Dr Agnew Alexander Conference Convenor 

2–3 October 2021

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Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
QLD 4218

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The conference organising committee are currently curating a dynamic program that will be published online in July 2021. 

The conference will commence with a cocktail reception on Friday evening welcoming delegates to the Gold Coast. The program will then begin on Saturday morning with a full day of plenary sessions, followed by an option Conference Dinner that night. The conference will conclude early Sunday afternoon after a morning of sessions and a late lunch. 

Social program 

Welcome reception

Friday 1 October 2021 
Time: 6–7pm
Venue: Outdoors on the Southern Terrace, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, QLD.
Dress code: Smart casual 
Cost: Included in registration, additional guest tickets can be purchased

Conference dinner 

Saturday 2 October 2021
Time 7–10pm
Venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, QLD.
Dress code: Smart
Cost: $145.00 incl GST. 


Keynote Presenters

Professor Gin Malhi

Gin Malhi is Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Sydney and the Director of the CADE Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.  His clinical research centres on mood disorders and suicide and he has a particular interest in diagnosis, neuroimaging and the therapeutic use of lithium. Gin is the Editor of Bipolar Disorders, the official journal of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), and the Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. He is currently the President of ISBD and has served as the chair of the committee that developed both the 2015 and 2020 RANZCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for mood disorders.    

Dr Kym Jenkins

Dr Kym Jenkins is the current Chair Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC), immediate Past President RANZCP, Chair Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership and Board member Mental Health Australia. In her private practice, Dr Jenkins continues her work in the doctors health field whilst specialising in consultation-liaison and women’s psychiatry. She is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University and an honorary senior fellow at Melbourne University.


Register now to take advantage of early bird registration fees, available to all delegates until midnight AEST on Monday 23 August 2021.

Conference registration includes:

  • access to all conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday 
  • refreshments and lunch on all days 
  • one (1) ticket to the welcome reception on Friday, drinks and canapes will be served.

Conference registration

Registration Category Early bird cost Standard cost
RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate  $415 $515
Non-RANZCP Fellow- Psychiatrists and other medical practitioners   $525 $625
RANZCP Trainee/Retired Fellow/Nurse/Allied health   $315 $415
University student (medicine/psychology)   $275 $375

Social function tickets

Registration Category Cost
Conference dinner  $145
 Welcome reception guest ticket    $65


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Call for abstracts

How to submit your abstract  

Abstract submission is a two-step process:

Step 1

Download the abstract template [MS Word; 13.8 KB], save it to your desktop and complete it.

Step 2

Create an account via the abstract submission portal and upload your abstract  

Please note:

All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned to the author and must be re-submitted immediately in the correct format to be considered for inclusion in the program.

Abstract submissions will close at midnight AEST on Friday 2 July 2021.

The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants.

All presenters must register for the conference for the presentation to be included in the program.

Abstract submission portal

Support packages now available

The conference organising committee is delighted to offer various support packages that will maximise your company's visibility at the 2021 conference. To discuss support opportunities please email events@ranzcp.org.

Faculty of Adult Psychiatry 2021 Support Packages [PDF; 224 KB]

Terms and conditions

Cancellation policy 

Delegate cancellation - Change of mind

Change of mind cancellations must be made in writing and sent to events@ranzcp.org. We understand the impact COVID-19 may have on travel; therefore, no administration fees will be charged for cancellations made prior to Friday 30 July 2021.

Cancellation requests made between Saturday 31 July 2021 and Friday 27 August 2021 will receive a full refund minus an administration fee of $75. Any cancellations made after this date will be considered on a case by case basis.

Delegate cancellation - Medical

The health and safety of conference attendees is our highest priority. The RANZCP is mindful of the health risks posed by COVID-19, and the importance of following official medical advice with respect to social distancing, practicing good hygiene and staying at home when unwell. The RANZCP requests that any delegate who is feeling unwell or has cold or flu like symptoms, or who may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, not attend the conference.

If, on medical grounds, you are unable to attend the conference, you must cancel your attendance in writing by email to events@ranzcp.org. A full refund will be provided, however you may be asked to provide additional details.

Conference cancellation 

The RANZCP is monitoring the latest health advice from both the Department of Health (Australia) and the Government of Queensland and we ask that all delegates do the same. If we are required to make any changes or cancellations to our conference due to Government restrictions in relation to COVID-19, delegates will be notified by email and will be provided a full refund of their registration fee.   

Contact tracing policy 

By registering for this event the RANZCP reserves the right to provide your contact details to authorities for the purposes of contact tracing and any relevant Government requirements.