Faculty of Consultation–Liaison Psychiatry 2021 Conference

Eat, drink and be merry

About the event

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we would like to invite you all to the Faculty of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry’s second binational conference. After our successful inaugural conference in 2019, we had planned to continue them annually, however 2020 was not what anyone expected. Luckily, Consultation-Liaison psychiatrists are flexible and adaptable, and like a chrysalis emerging into the light, we are emerging into springtime in Adelaide. 

The sounds of abstract jazz are drifting down the river, the vineyards are a short drive away, and we will be meeting at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide to explore the theme of ‘Eat, drink, and be merry’: Pathways to a C-L referral. A light-hearted theme on the surface, but these factors get to the core of what C-L psychiatrists do and this conference will take an in-depth look at how they play out in the C-L context.

‘Eat’ will encapsulate eating disorders – challenging to manage at the best of times and particularly so in a general hospital environment. As well as emerging evidence about the gut microbiome and its bidirectional relationship with mental health. It would be rare for a day to pass without C-L psychiatrists encountering a patient who is experiencing the medical and psychiatric sequalae of alcohol and other drug use, so the theme of ‘drink’ centres on addictions psychiatry: evidence-based and emerging treatments as well as the delicate balance of ethics and consent. Finally the theme of ‘merry’ will invite an exploration of several subthemes, including mood disorders, the future of psychedelic treatments in C-L patients and most importantly the central role that C-L psychiatrists have played in the mental health and wellbeing of general hospital staff through the pandemic.  

In addition to the educational focus, there will be ample opportunities to network with colleagues and explore the artistic and cultural delights of Adelaide and its surrounds.

We look forward to welcoming you in Adelaide for what promises to be an exciting and informative weekend.

Dr Carol Silberberg, Conference Convenor

3–5 September 2021

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The National Wine Centre
Corner of Hackney Rd & Botanic Rd
Adelaide SA 5000

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

An optional Consultation-Psychiatry update day will take place on Friday 3 September 2021. 

The main conference program will commence Saturday morning with a full day of plenary and concurrent sessions, followed by a Welcome Reception that evening. The conference will conclude early Sunday afternoon after a morning of sessions and a late lunch.  

Social program 

Welcome Reception 

Saturday 4 September 2021

Time: 5–7pm
Venue: The Vines, National Wine Centre of Australia 
Dress code: Smart casual 
Cost: Included in registration 

The Faculty are delighted to welcome delegates back face to face conferencing, relax and reconnect in the company of colleagues and friends at the conference Welcome Reception. Located onsite, canapes, local alcoholic beverages and refreshing mocktails will be served over a two-hour function. Step out from the spacious and light filled room to the outdoor terrace and enjoy the surrounding Botanical Gardens.


Professor Jon Stone (via video link)

Professor Jon Stone is Professor of Neurology at the University of Edinburgh and Consultant Neurologist with NHS Lothian. 

Professor Stone has promoted new transparent, pragmatic and multidisciplinary approach to understanding, diagnosing and communicating Functional Neurological Disorder.  

Historically, this has been a 'no-man’s land' between neurology and psychiatry which represents the second commonest reason for a neurological referral. 
In 2009 he made the first website for patients with FND at which is now widely used across the world.  He has published nearly 300 articles in the area including large cohort, mechanism and treatment studies. and led on new diagnostic criteria for FND in DSM-5 and ICD-11. He is the first Secretary and cofounder of the new international FND society.

His awards include the Jean Hunter prize from the Royal College of Physicians (2014), Royal College of Psychiatry President’s Medal (2017) and the Ted Burns Humanism in Neurology Award from the American Brain Foundation (2020). 

Professor Peter Nestor

Peter Nestor is conjoint professor of cognitive neurology at the University of Queensland and the Mater Hospital, Brisbane. He trained in neurology in Melbourne and London in the 1990s and then did a PhD in cognitive neurology at the University of Cambridge. Afterwards he remained at the University of Cambridge/Addenbrooke’s Hospital for several years as a clinician-scientist. From 2012 until returning to Australia in 2017, he was Professor of Cognitive Neurology at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Germany. His research focuses on cognition and brain imaging in neurodegenerative diseases. The progressive aphasias have been a particular interest.


Registration is now open for the Faculty of Consultation-Liaison 2021 Conference. Register now to take advantage of early bird registration fees, available to all delegates until 11pm AEST Monday 26 July 2021. 

All-inclusive package: conference and update day

The all-inclusive registration package includes: 

  • Access to all conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday 
  • Registration to the Consultation-Liaison Update day on Friday 
  • Refreshments and lunch on all days 
  • One (1) ticket to the welcome reception on Saturday, drinks and canapes will be served
Registration Category Early bird cost Standard cost
RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate  $600 $700
Non-RANZCP Fellow- Psychiatrists and other medical practitioners   $650 $750
RANZCP Trainee/Retired Fellow/Nurse/Allied health   $550 $650
University student (medicine/psychology)   $500 $600

Conference registration: Saturday and Sunday program 

The conference registration package includes: 

  • Access to all conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday 
  • Refreshments and lunch on all days 
  • One (1) ticket to the welcome reception on Saturday, drinks and canapes will be served
Registration Category Early bird cost Standard cost
RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate $480 $580
 Non-RANZCP Fellow- Psychiatrists and other medical practitioners $530 $630
 RANZCP Trainee/Retired Fellow/Nurse/Allied health $430 $530
University student (medicine/psychology)   $380 $480

Additional registraton items

Registration items Cost
Update day (Friday) $155
Welcome reception guest ticket $75


Please note that registrations for this conference, must be paid for via credit or debit card through our online booking system. Payment via invoice is not available. A receipt will be provided upon completion of your booking.

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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, 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 11pm AEST on Friday 28 May 2021

Abstract submission portal

The Faculty of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Trainee Abstract Prize

This Prize is awarded to an advanced trainee in consultation–liaison psychiatry for the best oral, rapid fire or poster presentation made at the Faculty of Consultation–Liaison Psychiatry conference.

The Prize includes: A$1500; a framed award certificate; and invitation to accept the award at the College Ceremony during Congress.

Eligibility: Abstracts submitted and presented during the conference by a trainee are eligible for the prize. 

Assessment process: A panel of Faculty members will assess the presentations during the conference. The winning presentation will be acknowledged during the closing of the conference. 


The conference organising committee would be 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.

►View the Faculty of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry 2021 Conference support packages [PDF; 214 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 23 July 2021.

Cancellation requests made between Saturday 24 July 2021 and Friday 20 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 South Australia 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.