Section of Neuropsychiatry 2022 Conference


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Section of Neuropsychiatry is delighted to present its 11th Annual Neuropsychiatry and Behavioural Neurology Conference. This year’s conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Huntington’s disease service, led by Dr Chiu.

Once again, the conference will be held across two days at the Melbourne Brain Centre, taking place from Friday 18 to Saturday 19 November 2022

The two-day conference program will cover topics of interest to psychiatrists, neurologists, geriatricians and neuropsychologists and include updates on conditions that mimic common neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, fronto-temporal dementia, and Parkinsonism. There will also be free paper presentations by trainees on interesting cases relevant to neuropsychiatry or cognitive neurology.

Friday 18–Saturday 19 November 2022

Kenneth Myer Building
Melbourne Brain Centre
30 Royal Parade
Parkville VIC 3052 
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Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Professor Malcolm Hopwood is the Ramsay Health Care Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne; based at the Albert Road Clinic in Melbourne Australia.  

He specialises in clinical aspects of mood and anxiety disorders, psychopharmacology and psychiatric aspects of acquired brain injury and epilepsy. He leads a research team within the Professorial Psychiatry Unit at the Albert Road Clinic examining the application of novel treatments in mood disorders. In the past, he led the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service, incorporating the Veterans Psychiatry Unit and the Victorian Brain Disorders Program, Austin Health. 

He has held senior positions within the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists including past Chairmanships of the Victorian Branch and the Board of Research, and was President of the College from 2015-2017. In 2017 Professor Hopwood was installed as President-Elect of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA). 


Dr Carolyn Orr

Carolyn is a cognitive neurologist based at Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, trained as a neurologist in Sydney and did a PhD in Parkinson’s disease at the University of New South Wales. She did fellowships in the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota focussing on movement disorders and cognition.  She specialises in neurodegenerative diseases and runs two clinics focussed on young onset dementia. She does research in neurodegenerative disease at the Perron Institute.  She teaches on neurology and the links between environmental and human health at the University of Western Australia.



Registration category  
RANZCP Fellow/Affiliate $450
Non-RANZCP psychiatrist / other medical practitioner $475
RANZCP trainee/ registrar/ Allied Health /non-medical $285
Retired RANZCP Fellow $375
University student (medicine, psychology) $195


Conference add-on registration

Ticket item


Conference dinner ticket


Conference registration includes:

  • Access to all conference sessions on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November
  • Refreshments and lunch on both conference days 
  • Conference name badge and handbook

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Conference dinner 

Delegates and their guests are invited to enjoy a relaxed convivial social event and dinner, which will be held on Friday 18 November at Woodward Conference Centre, Melbourne Law School.

Attendees will be treated to a memorable evening with spectacular views of Melbourne city and surrounds as well as entertainment from guest speaker.  

Tickets to the dinner can be booked when you register for the conference and includes a three-course dinner with beverages and entertainment. Tickets are available to purchase for $130 per person via the registration process. 


University House
Woodward Conference Centre
Melbourne Law School (Building 106)
10th Floor, 185 Pelham Street
Carlton VIC 3053
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Call for abstracts

Trainees are invited to submit abstracts for 10-minute presentations of interesting clinical cases or case series in aspects of neuropsychiatry or cognitive neurology. Four submissions will be chosen to be presented, and complimentary registration will be offered to these presenters.

Abstract submission will close at 5 pm AEST on 30 September 2022.

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.

Submit abstract

Review process

The Organising Committee will review all abstracts in early-October 2022. Notifications of acceptance are scheduled to be sent by 14 October 2022.

Abstracts should meet the following submission requirements

Presenting author/s first and bold, followed by remaining authors, separated by a comma, with relevant organisation or affiliation. Corresponding author for the submission should be clearly nominated and will be responsible for all communication in relation to the submitted abstract.
Your abstract text should be no more than 250 words, including references.
References – up to 3 references in APA style.

The Committee shall be directed to reject abstracts for the following causes:

  • Marketing
  • Subject not related to the fields of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioural Neurology
  • Does not meet basic submission requirements

Use standard abbreviations only. Within the body of the abstract, when using abbreviations spell out the name in full at the first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parentheses. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.

Abstract presenter registration

Following the review of all the submitted abstracts, 4 will be selected and registration fees will be waived for these presenters.

Terms and conditions

The conference organisers only accept original work and expect that all abstracts selected for presentation will be presented by the original author(s) and that no submitted abstracts will be withdrawn. By submitting your abstract, you affirm that your abstract is your own, either individually or of the group.

Withdrawing a submitted or accepted abstract

If an abstract must be withdrawn for any reason, please contact as soon as possible. There is no penalty to withdraw your abstract. All submitted abstracts become the property of RANZCP.


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

View the 11th Annual Neuropsychiatry and Behavioural Neurology Conference support packages

Terms and conditions

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 23 September 2022.

Cancellation requests made between 23 September 2022 and 19 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 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 Victorian 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.

Vaccination policy

Please be aware that all attendees at the Faculty of Adult Psychiatry 2022 Conference will be required to hold a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate* in order to attend the conference.

During the registration process, attendees will be asked to confirm that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will also need to provide proof of their vaccination or valid medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination, upon entry to all conference venues and functions.

Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s (ATAGI) definition of fully vaccinated

COVID-19 compliance

ll 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.