Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age 2021 Virtual Conference

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 online on Thursday 4 November.

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, virtual social events and a program for advanced trainees. 

Dr Padmini Howpage, Conference Convenor

Thursday 4 November 2021


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Our plenary speaker, The Honourable Michael Kirby will be joined by a fantastic line up of invited speakers that will present in concurrent streams. The content will be recorded and available to delegates on-demand until 28 February 2022.

View the conference program

Post-conference workshops

An optional post-conference workshop will run from 10am – 12pm AEDT on Friday 5 November 2021.

  • a workshop on psychotherapy presented by Dr Neil Jeyasingam

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

Advanced trainee session

A complimentary advanced trainee session will also run from 11am – 3pm AEDT on Friday 5 November 2021. 


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



Registration Category Virtual registration
RANZCP Fellow / Affiliate $275
Non-RANZCP psychiatrists / medical practitioners $325
RANZCP Trainee / Retired Fellow / Allied health $225
University student (medicine, psychology) $150
PGNA member $200

Conference add-on registration

Ticket item Price
Post-conference workshop $50



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

Abstract submission is now closed.

Terms and conditions

Cancellation policy

All requests for cancelation of substitution must be made in writing and sent to events@ranzcp.org. Cancellations received prior to 12 October 2021 will incur a $25 administration fee. No refunds will be issued after this date. Substitute delegates will be accepted. Please contact events@ranzcp.org for any enquiries.

Delegates that initially registered for the face-to-face conference can request a full refund. To be eligible for a full refund all cancellation requests must be made in writing via email to events@ranzcp.org by Friday 1 October 2021.