Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Conference 2022


I look forward to welcoming you to subtropical Brisbane, Queensland - the location of the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age annual scientific meeting.  The scientific program will run from Thursday 10 November to Friday 11 November with a half-day trainee workshop held on Saturday 12 November 2022. True to our theme of ‘Later life and Death Matters’, our invited speakers will present on frailty and other geriatric medical concerns as well as explore voluntary assisted dying; now a legislative feature across much of Australasia.

I hope you also have the opportunity to spend time exploring local attractions around the conference dates.

Dr David Lie
Conference Convenor 



10–12 November 2022

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Glenelg Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

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Keynote speakers



Professor Ruth Hubbard

Ruth E. Hubbard is a consultant geriatrician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane and in October 2020 was appointed as the Masonic Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland.

She has published widely on the inflammatory aetiology of frailty, the difficulties of measuring frailty in clinical practice and the relationships between frailty and obesity, smoking, socioeconomic status and exercise. Based on the impact of her publications, she is currently ranked number 3 in a list of frailty experts worldwide. As a passionate advocate for her discipline, she is promoting academic geriatrics among advanced trainees, medical students and Allied Health colleagues.


Associate Professor Peter Lange 

Peter Lange completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Queensland, majoring in physiology and pharmacology. He then undertook postgraduate studies in medicine, obtaining an MBBS, internship and early years of training in Queensland. He came to Melbourne in 2005 where he completed physician and geriatrics advanced training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He commenced work both in the General Medicine and Geriatrics departments in 2010.
In 2012, he was appointed head of the Assessment and Planning Unit at RMH, later renamed the Acute Medical Unit where he was head of unit until stepping down to pursue research in 2021.In 2016 he took up a PhD with the topic ‘Delirium in Hospitalised Elderly; changing the Natural History’ at the University of Melbourne, representing the formalisation of a research interest in delirium.
In 2019 he was appointed Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne.
Peter will take up a post as Director of Geriatrics and General Medicine at Werribee Mercy Hospital in July 2022.



Associate Professor Alex Holmes 

Alex Holmes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne and Head of consultation-liaison psychiatry at Royal Melbourne Hospital. His research is focussed on the psychiatric sequelae of physical illness, including serious physical injury, pain, multiple sclerosis and brain tumours. He is a Chief investigator in the NHMRC funded VAD Research Group which has been conducting a comprehensive and systematic assessment of the impact of the introduction of Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation in Victoria. The study assesses the experiences and decision-making of patients, their families and carers and the healthcare professionals who provide their care.





Registration is now open for the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age 2022 Conference. Early bird pricing ends on Friday 14 October 2022.

Registration category Early bird Standard
RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate $645  $725
Retired RANZCP Fellow $335 $435
RANZCP Trainee $245 $325
Allied health professional $515 $595
Non-RANZCP psychiatrist / medical practitioner $715 $795
University student (medicine, psychology) $245 $325
Single day RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate  $385 $435
Single day Retired RANZCP Fellow $200   $260
Single day RANZCP Trainee   $150 $200
Single day Allied health professional   $310 $360
Single day Non-RANZCP psychiatrist / medical practitioner  $430  $480
Single day University student (medicine, psychology)    $480 $200


Conference add-on registration

Ticket item  Price
Guest Welcome Reception ticket $75
Conference dinner ticket   $155
Trainee half day workshop   $50


Conference registration includes:

  • Attendance at the Welcome reception on Thursday 10 November
  • Access to all conference sessions on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November
  • Refreshments and lunch on both conference days
  • Conference name badge and handbook

One (1) ticket to the Welcome reception on Thursday, drinks and canapés will be served. Note: Additional guest tickets for the Welcome reception can be purchased as part of the registration process at the cost of $75 pp.


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Novotel Brisbane South Bank

From the 9–12 November 2022, conference delegates are eligible for a 15% discount off the best unrestricted rate of the day.

If you would like to stay at the Novotel please book via the unique RANZCP booking link.

Mantra South Bank Brisbane

From 9–12 November 2022, those attending the FPOA conference are eligible to receive 10% off the best available rate.

If you would like to redeem this discount, please follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the Mantra webpage
  2. Select Mantra South Bank Brisbane, your travel dates and the number of people travelling. Click search.
  3. Select change search – at the top of the page.
  4. Input promo code FPOA22 (case sensitive) in the promo box and click search again.
  5. Select the room you would like to book and proceed through the booking form.

Event details

Social program 

Welcome reception

Join your colleagues in the Sky Room at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the welcome reception on Thursday evening. The welcome reception will commence immediately after the day’s program and attendance is complimentary with conference registration. Guest tickets can also be purchased. 

Thursday 10 November 2022 
Time: 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm
Venue: Sky Room, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Dress code: Smart casual 
Cost: Included in registration, additional guest tickets can be purchased

Conference dinner

A conference dinner will be held on Saturday evening. Tickets include arrival drinks and canapés, a three-course dinner, and beverages.

Friday 11 November 2022
Time 7 pm-11 pm  
Venue: Otto Ristorante
Dress code: Cocktail
Cost: $155 incl. GST


The Organising Committee is pleased to offer various support packages which will maximise your company's visibility at the 2022 conference. To discuss support opportunities please email events@ranzcp.org

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Term 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 4 September 2022.

Cancellation requests made between 5 September 2022 and 10 October 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 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 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.