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Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and PGNA Conference 2020

About the event

The world population is moving towards aged ≥65 doubling rapidly. Between 2000 and 2050, the global population growth will move from 7% to 16%, respectively. In parallel with these trends there will be a tremendous growth in the oldest, ≥85. These trends are set for an ever-increasing ambitious elderly group who wishes to see the world, be productive and be leaders in the society. The desire for independent living and lifestyle of the aging human is challenged by declining mental wellbeing, physical health, role performance, functional capacity, social isolation and insecurity.

The context is set for the psychiatry and medical professions to consider ‘New horizons of ageing’. 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age are delighted to announce the 2020 conference which will be held in association with the Psychogeriatric Nurses' Association of Australia. Drawing on the theme, 'New horizons of ageing', the conference program plans to set an academic platform addressing multidimensional process of aging, aetiological factors of diseases and advances in medicine and technology in treatment and prevention.

The conference will be held in the beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW across three days, Thursday 12 November – Saturday 14 November 2020. The program will include memorable presentations with keynote and invited speakers, social events and a program for Advanced Trainees. 

Please note, the conference is planning to proceed, however will be subject to the latest government regulations and medical advice.

Thursday 12 November–Saturday 14 November 2020

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Fairmont resort and spa
1 Sublime Road
Leura NSW 2780

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The conference program will be released shortly.


Keynote:The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge when he retired from the office of Justice of the High Court of Australia, the nation’s highest legal and constitutional tribunal (1996-2009). 

He also served in other legal and judicial roles, including as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84); Judge of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (1975-83); Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (1983-4); President of the NSW Court of Appeal (1984-96) and concurrently as President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-6).

Michael Kirby has been interested in universal human rights since his teacher at Summer Hill OC class gave him and other students Eleanor Roosevelt’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1949.

He has served as President of the International Commission of Jurists (Geneva) (1995-8) and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association (London) (2018-). He has undertaken many human rights tasks for the United Nations, including as Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea (2013-14). 

Michael Kirby will speak on the role of universal human rights in upholding the dignity and wellbeing of the ageing in Australia. Without a constitutional Bill of Rights, it is more difficult to invoke UN principles. However, doing so is going to be important for a principled and well based strategy for all activities involved with ageing Australians.


Early bird pricing ends COB Wednesday 30 September 2020. 

Registration Category Early bird Standard
RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate $645.00  $725.00
Non-RANZCP Fellow- Psychiatrists and other medical practitioners $715.00  $795.00
Non-PGNA nurse/allied health  $515.00  $595.00
RANZCP Trainee/Retired Fellow $455.00 $535.00
University student (medicine, psychology) $355.00 $435.00
PGNA member $355.00 $435.00

Conference add-on registration

Ticket item Price
Conference dinner $150
Guest Welcome Reception registration $75


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Conference registration includes:

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

Welcome Reception

Join your colleagues on the Jamison Valley Green for a complimentary welcome reception on Thursday 12th November 2020. Set amongst the lush gardens with a stunning view of the Jamison Valley, delegates will have the opportunity to network with peers over canapes and local beverages. 

Attendance at the welcome reception on Thursday 12 November 2020 is complimentary for conference delegates. Please indicate if you are planning on attending during the registration process. 

Conference dinner 

The conference Gala Dinner will be held on Friday 13th November 2020 in the Grand Ballroom at the Hydro Majestic Hotel. This magnificent domed ballroom will provide the backdrop for the region’s best produce curated into a three-course menu. Sustainability is a core value for the Hydro Majestic and the evening will provide an immersive journey of the regions whilst minimising its impact on the natural pristine environment. 

Dinner tickets can be purchased for $150 during conference registration


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. 

Cancellation policy 

Delegate cancellation - Change of mind

Change of mind cancellations must be made in writing and sent to

We understand the impact COVID-19 may have on travel, therefore no administration fees will be charged for cancellations made prior to 10 August 2020. 

Cancellation requests made between 10 August 2020 and 27 October 2020 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, to 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 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 New South Wales, 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.

Call for abstracts

Abstracts are now invited.

Key dates

Abstract submissions open: Monday 15 June 2020
Abstract submissions close: Friday 31 July 2020

Notification to authors: Monday 17 August 2020
Author acceptance of offer: Friday 4 September 2020
Author registration deadline: Wednesday 30 September 2020

Presentation type

All abstracts will be considered for a 20 minute oral presentation. The presentation should highlight research findings, clinical case experience or other topics of interest, and include time for questions. Topics should be line with the conference theme.

Abstract submission process

Step one: Populate the abstract template

Download the abstract template [MS Word, 34 KB]

Save it to your desktop and fill out the template with your abstract details.

  • Text must be in Arial, 12pt 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.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author, who should complete all fields.
  • If you requite any special permissions or authorisations in regards to your abstract, they must be received prior to submission.

Abstracts submitted in other formats will be returned to the author for correction.

Step two: submission

Email your abstract document to

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

Event details


The conference organising committee would be delighted to offer various support packages that will maximise your company's visibility at the 2020 conference. To discuss support opportunities please email

View the 2020 conference support packages  [PDF; 195 KB]

Silver supporter

Mind Connections

Mind Connections is a leading private mental health practice with leading psychiatrists and allied health professionals.  We also have a Psycho Geriatrician for geriatric needs that are associated with mental health. For more information please visit the Mind Connections webpage


As conference hosts, the RANZCP is very conscious of the emergence of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a global health issue which has the potential to impact this conference.

The health and safety of conference attendees is our highest priority, and the RANZCP will keep delegates informed with regular updates as further information or advice becomes available.

The RANZCP is monitoring the latest health advice from both the Department of Health (Australia) and the Ministry of Health (New Zealand), and we ask that all delegates do the same.