Section of ECT and Neurostimulation Conference 2021

The Conference Organising Committee have made the practical decision to postpone the RANZCP Section of ECT and Neurostimulation 2020 Conference by 12 months. We will now be holding the event from 6–8 August 2021, once again in Noosa, QLD. 

We are delighted to announce that Professor Harold Sackeim has confirmed his attendance to proceed as the keynote speaker in 2021. On behalf of Dr Alan Weiss, Conference Convenor and the RANZCP we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding and look forward to 2021.

About the conference

The theme ‘Surfing the waves of neurostimulation’ has been chosen to not only link the conference to its fantastic location but also to highlight the growing challenges facing practitioners in confidently prescribing old and new neurostimuation technologies within an increasingly complex political and social environment. 

The conference is extremely fortunate to have secured one of the world’s leading researcher in the area of ECT, Professor Harold Sackeim as the keynote speaker. Professor Sackeim will be supported by an outstanding line up of presentations by local experts covering a broad range of clinical and scientific aspects of ECT, rTMS and other new technologies.

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Friday 6 August–Sunday 8 August 2021

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Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas
33A Viewland Dr, Noosa Heads QLD 4567
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The conference program will be released in early 2021.



Conference pricing

Registration Category One day  Two days
RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate $410 $685
Retired RANZCP Fellow $350 $585
RANZCP trainee / nurse / consumer / allied health $245 $410
Non-RANZCP psychiatrist / medical practitioner $440 $735
University student (medicine, psychology) $230 $385

Conference add-on registration

Ticket item Price
Guest welcome reception ticket $75
Guest conference dinner ticket $140


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Conference registration includes:

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

Welcome reception

Attendance at the welcome reception on Friday 6 August 2021 is complimentary for conference delegates. Please indicate if you are planning on attending during the registration process. 

Conference dinner

Attendance at the conference dinner on Saturday 7 August 2021 is complimentary for conference delegates. Please indicate if you are planning on attending during the registration process. 


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 Thursday 6 May 2021.

Cancellation requests made between Thursday 6 May 2021 and Tuesday 6 July 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 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 Queensland 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.


Call for abstracts

Presentation type

All abstracts will be considered for an oral presentation. An oral presentation is a 10-minute presentation, including time for questions, which highlight research findings, clinical case experience, or other topic of interest to the conference theme.  

How to submit your abstract  

Abstract submission is a two-step process:

Step 1

Download the abstract template [MS Word; 13.8 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 submission will close at 17:00 AEST on Friday 30 April 2021

Abstract submission portal 

Event details


Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas 
33A Viewland Dr, Noosa Heads QLD 4567

One bedroom apartment $279
Two bedroom apartment $383 

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Support packages now available

The conference organising committee is delighted to offer various support packages that will maximise your company's visibility at the 2021 conference. To discuss support opportunities please email

Section of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation 2021 Support Packages [PDF; 315 KB] 


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.