Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry 2022 Conference

Forensic frontiers: forensic disability and emerging challenges in forensic psychiatry

About the conference

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry's 2022 conference is themed ‘Forensic frontiers: forensic disability and emerging challenges in forensic psychiatry’.

The conference will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18–20 March 2022.

The theme of the conference has been chosen to indicate the breadth of the topics covered by our guest speakers whose interests range from addiction, memory, medico-legal expertise, risk assessment and intellectual disability.

We expect that this conference will attract psychiatrists, forensic mental health practitioners and members of the legal profession that will provide a forum for a unique discussion on emerging challenges in forensic disability sector.

We are pleased to welcome both international and local speakers to address these topics and provide a stimulating scientific program, with a social program that will showcase the Gold Coast.

We hope you will join us on the Gold Coast in March 2022.

Dr Vinesh Gupta, Conference Convenor

Friday 18–Saturday 20 March, 2022

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

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Keynote speaker

Dr Alexander (Sandy) Simpson

Dr Simpson holds the Chair in Forensic Psychiatry at CAMH and University of Toronto. He is Associate Professor in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and is Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He has served in directorial and advisory roles on multiple international forensic organisations, to governments and correctional bodies. He is associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychiatry Forensic Section. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health Services and the International Journal of Risk and Recovery. He is a member of the Council of Reviewers of the CIHR. He has well over 100 refereed papers as well as book chapters and monographs. His academic, teaching and research interests are in the area of the interaction of the law and people with serious mental illness (SMI): how we understand pathways to risk, into criminal justice system and for therapeutic intervention and recovery. He is committed to improved understandings, services, outcomes and jurisprudence for persons with SMI who are criminal justice involved including the social policy and ethical challenges of this area.


The scientific program will run across three days, from 9 am on Friday 18 March to 1.30 pm on Sunday 20 March 2022.


Registration is now open with early bird savings available until 31 January 2022.

Registration Type



Faculty of Forensic Member - Fellow / Affiliate



RANZCP Fellow / Affiliate (non-Faculty member) / other psychiatrist / other medical practitioner



RANZCP Trainee



Non-psychiatry Trainee / allied health / psychologist



University Student (medicine / psychology)



 Retired Fellows






One Day Registration - Friday, Saturday or Sunday




Conference registration includes:

  • Access to all conference sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.
  • Refreshments and lunch on all conference days 
  • Conference name badge
  • One (1) ticket to the welcome reception on Friday, drinks and canapés will be served*. 

*additional tickets to the Welcome Reception can be purchased by completing details on the registration form $90 


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A range of accommodation within walking distance of the Gold Coast Convention Centre has been secured at special rates from Thursday 17-Monday 21 March 2022.  You’ll find details of each hotel on the registration form along with details on how to book and the cancellation terms for each hotel. A credit card number will be required to secure your booking as a form of guarantee.  If you require dates outside of this period, please note your preferred dates in the special requirements section of the registration form and we will be in contact with you. Note any subsequent changes or cancellations for your booking must be made with the Conference Office, not direct with the hotel. 

Dorsett Gold Coast Hotel 0.2km from the GCEC Hotel room $269 per night 
Avani Broadbeach Residences 0.4km from the GCEC  Apartments from $240.90 per night 
Mantra Broadbeach on the Park 0.4km from the GCEC  Apartments from $248.60 per night
Peppers Broadbeach  0.7km from the GCEC Apartments from $322.30 per night 


Full payment of fees is required prior to the Conference and can be made by Visa/Mastercard or by EFT via the registration form. On completion of the registration form, confirmation of your registration and an invoice/receipt will be issued by return email. Bank details for an EFT payment are located on the invoice issued.  Note registrations made after 18 February 2022 must be paid by credit card only. 


The conference organising committee would like to acknowledge the key supporter for the conference, Destination Gold Coast


If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Organising Committee, you must also intend to register and attend the conference on the Gold Coast. Online submission is the only method of receipt of abstracts.

The deadline for abstract submission is Sunday 19 December 2021

Key dates

Abstract submissions open        Wednesday 13 October 2021  

Abstract submissions close       Sunday 19 December 2021

Notification to authors                Wednesday 19 January 2022

Author acceptance of offer        Monday 31 January 2022

Author registration deadline       Monday 31 January 2022

Presentation types

Authors are required to indicate their preferred presentation format when submitting an abstract. The available presentation types are:

Oral presentation 

An oral presentation is typically a 20-minute oral presentation with additional time for questions.

Symposium presentation

A symposium presentation consists of a maximum of six individual presentations submitted by one author on behalf of the group and under one common theme. Please ensure all information relating to each individual symposium presentation is included in the one abstract submitted. The standard time allocated per symposium is 90 minutes.

Poster presentation 

A poster presentation constitutes a visual display of research projects. Your poster must not extend beyond the boundaries of your display board – one display board will be allocated per poster. The poster display will be an integral part of the program with dedicated times for delegates to interact with poster authors and ask questions. More information regarding the logistics of the poster presentations will be advised upon acceptance.

Presentation themes

The Organising Committee is seeking presentations that are clinically relevant to forensic psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. The following themes are broad and inclusive and may be addressed in terms of general forensic psychiatry settings and/or with a focus on the impact of the current pandemic environment:

  • Civil & legal considerations
  • Countering violent extremism
  • Dangerous offenders
  • Developmental disability
  • Indigenous offenders
  • Prison mental health services
  • Resourcing forensic mental health services
  • Telehealth in the forensic setting
  • Young offenders


Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Trainee Conference Presentation Award

This award recognises excellence in the delivery of an oral presentation by a psychiatry trainee from Australia or New Zealand at the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry’s annual scientific meeting. All oral presentations delivered by a psychiatry trainee at the FFP 2022 Conference will automatically become eligible for the award.

Call for abstract submissions

Abstract submission is a three step process. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your submission is uploaded into the portal correctly.

Step 1

Create an account and log into the abstract submission portal.

Access abstracts portal

Step 2

Submit your abstract

You will be required to provide the following details prior to uploading the abstract file:

  • The title of your abstract
  • Preferred presentation type
  • Theme
  • Name and organisation of all co-authors
  • A brief biography of the presenting author (max 200 words)

Step 3

Populate the abstract template

Download the relevant template below, save to your desktop and populate with the required information.

Combined symposium abstract template [MS Word; 50 KB]

Oral / poster abstract template [MS Word; 50 KB]

Abstracts submitted not using this template will be returned to the author for correction.

  • Text must be in Arial, 10pt font, single-spaced and left aligned.
  • Your abstract text should be no more than 250 words, including references.
  • Your abstract should clearly and concisely outline the content of the presentation and should include key points/issues to be addressed.
  • Where applicable, the abstract should include the subheadings; Background, Objectives, Methods, Findings and Conclusions. Once you have entered in this information you will then be able to submit 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.
  • All fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.
  • You will be able to access the speaker portal account to edit draft submissions and submit additional abstracts. To change successfully submitted abstracts please contact the conference office.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author who should complete all fields.

Confirming your submission

You are required to check your abstract has uploaded correctly during the upload process. If you have any questions, please contact the conference office via T +61 3 9645 6311 or ffp2022@wsm.com.au

Notification of authors

Notification of the outcome of your submission will be communicated to the presenting author on Wednesday 19 January 2022. Please note the details provided, as the author contact should be for the presenting author of your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person, and they should in turn distribute to all co-authors as applicable.

Abstract speaker registration

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 presenters.

All presenters must register for the conference by Monday 31 January 2022 in order for the presentation to be included in the conference program.

Further enquiries

For any enquiries regarding abstract submission please contact ffp2022@wsm.com.au.


Terms and conditions

Should you require any assistance with your registration, please contact the Conference Office:

FFP2022 Conference Office: 

119 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205 Australia
T +61 3 9645 6311
E ffp2022@wsm.com.au

For full terms and conditions of your registration and payment including cancellation please refer to the details noted on the online application form.

Accommodation Booking Change/Cancellation

Please refer to the terms and conditions noted for each hotel on the booking page of the registration form.

Delegate cancellation - Change of mind

Change of mind cancellations must be made in writing and sent to ffp2022@wsm.com.au. We understand the impact COVID-19 may have on travel; therefore, no administration fees will be charged for cancellations made prior to Friday 24 December 2021.

Cancellation requests made between Saturday 25 December 2021 and Friday 18 February 2022 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 ffp2022@wsm.com.au. 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 Queensland Government 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.

COVID-19 Compliance

All participants at the conference will be required to comply with the COVID Safety Guidelines and protocols in place with the venue/s and the conference which will be aligned and compliant with all relevant Commonwealth and state government health advice at that time. 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 other relevant government requirements.

Details of the protocols and requirements will be available on the website and all registrants will be bound by these requirements. The RANZCP reserves the right to update the COVID protocols to ensure the health and safety of participants, including but not limited to event entry requirements. Participants may be excluded if they do not comply with the requirements of the COVID Safety Guidelines and protocols.