Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and PGNA Conference 2021

About the event

Australia and New Zealand have an increasingly ambitious group of older people who wish to see the world, be productive and lead. The desire for independent living is challenged by declining mental wellbeing, physical health, role performance, functional capacity and social isolation and insecurity.

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

The RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age is delighted to announce the 2021 conference, which will be held in association with the Psychogeriatric Nurses' Association of Australia in the beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW across three days, from Thursday 4 November – Saturday 6 November 2021.

The academic program will address the multidimensional process of aging, aetiological factors of disease and advances in medicine and technology in treatment and prevention.

The conference will feature keynotes and invited speakers, social events and a program for advanced trainees. 

Dr Padmini Howpage, Conference Convenor

Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 November 2021

Fairmont Resort and Spa
1 Sublime Road
Leura NSW 2780

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The scientific program will run across three days, from 1.30 pm on Thursday 4 November to 1.30 pm on Saturday 6 November 2021.

Pre-conference workshops

Two optional pre-conference workshops will run from 11 am–1 pm on Thursday 4 November 2021. Delegates may select from:

  • a workshop on neuroimaging presented by Dr Lynette Masters
  • a workshop on psychotherapy presented by Dr Neil Jeyasingam

Tickets to the pre-conference workshops can be purchased during conference registration.

Advanced trainee session

A complimentary advanced trainee session will run at the conclusion of the conference from 1.30 pm on Saturday 6 November 2021. 

Social program

Welcome reception

Join your colleagues on the Jamison Valley Green at the Fairmont Resort and Spa, for a complimentary welcome reception on Thursday 4 November 2021. 

Attendance at the welcome reception on Thursday 4 November 2021 is complimentary for conference delegates. 

Conference dinner 

The conference Gala dinner will be held on Friday 5 November 2021 in the Grand Ballroom at the Hydro Majestic Hotel. 

Dinner entertainment will be provided by Dr Carmelo Aquilina and his presentation ‘Zombies must be destroyed’. 

Dinner tickets can be purchased for $150 during conference registration.

Wellness program

The Blue Mountains have always been synonymous with health and wellbeing. A range of complimentary wellness activities will run alongside the conference program at the 2021 event including:

  • bushwalks
  • yoga
  • golf
  • a presentation on wellbeing
  • hiking.

Conference delegates may reserve their place for these activities during conference registration.


Keynote presenter

The Hon. Michael Kirby

The Hon. Michael Kirby was educated in Sydney.  He became a solicitor in 1962, barrister in 1967 and judicial officer in 1975.  His judicial functions included Judge of the Federal Court of Australia; President of the NSW Court of Appeal; and Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009). He has also participated in many international human rights activities, including as President of the International Commission of Jurists (1995-8); Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea (2013-14); and member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Access to Essential Medicines (2013-15).

Invited presenters

  • Professor Ian Hickie
  • Professor Sunil Bhar
  • Professor Henry Brodaty
  • Professor Sube Banerjee (via video link)
  • Associate Professor Anne Wand
  • Ms Nerida Adams
  • Professor Simon Bell
  • Dr Stephanie Ward


Register now to take advantage of early bird registration fees, available to all delegates until 12 midnight (AEST) on 30 September 2021.

Registration Category Early bird Standard
RANZCP Fellow / Affiliate $645  $725
Non-RANZCP psychiatrists / medical practitioners $715  $795
Non-PGNA nurse / Allied health  $515  $595
RANZCP Trainee / Retired Fellow $455 $535
University student (medicine, psychology) $355 $435
PGNA member $355 $435

Conference add-on registration

Ticket item Price
Pre-conference workshop $130
Gala dinner $150
Guest welcome reception ticket $75

Conference registration includes:

  • Access to all conference sessions on 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. 


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 [MS Word; 14 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 close at 12 midnight (AEST) on Sunday 29 August 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 their presentation to be included in the program.

Abstract submission portal


Accommodation rates for those who choose to stay at the Fairmont Resort and Spa have been arranged.

Delegates may book a standard room for $199 AUD per night.

Book directly with the hotel via telephone on (02) 4785 0000 ext. 1 or by email to reservations@fairmontresort.com.au and quoting the reference RANZCP111120.


Terms and conditions

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 6 August 2021.

Cancellation requests made between Saturday 7 August 2021 and Friday 8 October 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 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.   

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.




Strategic sponsor

The conference organising committee would like to acknowledge our Strategic Sponsor Destination NSW.