Section of Social, Cultural and Rehabilitation Psychiatry and Family Violence Psychiatry Network 2022 Conference

Our society, our mental health – a 2022 perspective

About the conference

The RANZCP Section of Social, Cultural and Rehabilitation Psychiatry (SSCRP), together with the Family Violence Psychiatry Network (FVPN), is pleased to announce their 2022 conference, which will take place from 3–6 March 2022 at RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Victoria.

The conference program will explore the theme ‘Our society, our mental health – a 2022 perspective’.  The content is suitable for medical practitioners interested in learning about non-biological aspects of mental health and targets for early intervention and prevention. 

Join us for a weekend of education and relaxation in the unique rugged environment of Cape Schanck. Cape Schanck is located at the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, fronting the waters of Bass Strait and offers beaches, scenic walking tracks and easy access to surrounding golf courses.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 conference.

Dr Darryl Watson and Dr Manjula O’Connor
Conference conveners    

3–6 March 2022

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RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Trent Jones Drive (via Boneo Road)
Cape Schanck VIC 3939

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The conference organising committee is currently curating a dynamic program that will be published online early October 2021. 

Social activities 

Mornington Peninsula half day tour 

Saturday 5 March 
1–5 pm

Red Hill Estate: A multi-award-winning wine producer situated on a stunning property little over an hour from Melbourne, Australia. Established in 1989, Red Hill Estate sits in an internationally recognised "Cool Climate" region on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and currently encompasses 46 acres, with 23 acres under vine. Boasting one of the best views from any winery in the world, they are renowned for their fine wines and superb, panoramic views of Western Port Bay.

Mornington Peninsula Chocolates: Take a stroll along Cook Street in Flinders and sample the exquisite handmade chocolates at the award-winning Mornington Peninsula Chocolates.

Main Ridge Dairy: Specialising in goat's cheese from its own herd, try some cheese and meet the goats that helped make them at Main Ridge Dairy. Tour the dairy and see the cheese-making process from start to finish. 

RACV Cape Schanck Golf Course 

Saturday 5 March 

RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s magnificent 18-hole par 69 championship golf course is consistently rated among Australia’s best 100 courses and offers incredible golfing value. Designed by renowned course architect, Robert Trent-Jones Jnr, the course has vast greens with large open bunkers, tree-lined fairways and spectacular ocean views on eleven holes. The superbly maintained course is fantastic for both experienced and new golfers.

St Andrews Beach Golf Course 

Sunday 6 March 

St Andrews Beach is nestled along the south-western coast of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula and is one of the premier 'pay to play' courses in Australia. Located in the famous Cups region on the Mornington Peninsula and designed by internationally renowned architect Tom Doak (also the designer of Barnbougle Dunes and Cape Kidnappers), the course offers many challenges to the serious golfer whilst still being thoroughly enjoyable for the social player. The excellent presentation and design of the course is reflected by its Golf Course Guide ranking of 8 in Australia, so take the opportunity to experience this brilliantly designed course with dramatic views and natural hazards.

 Keynote speakers

Professor Megan Galbally

Megan Galbally holds a joint position as Professor of Perinatal Psychiatry at Murdoch University and University of Notre Dame and is also Medical Co-Director of the Directorate of Women’s Health, Genetics and Mental Health at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Megan has been a Committee member for the Australasian Marce Society since 2003 and held positions of President and Treasurer and is now an elected Board Member of the International Marce Society. Megan is also current National Chair of Section of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry, RANZCP and Chair of WA Branch, RANZCP. Megan currently holds an honorary position in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne and at the University of Western Australia. 

Associate Professor Ruth Vine

Ruth Vine is Australia’s first Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health. Ruth provides policy advice on critical mental health issues impacting the Australian community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and champions Commonwealth policy development and implementation activities to better integrate the Australian mental health system.

Ruth is a consultant psychiatrist and has more than 25 years’ experience. Ruth has worked for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and has held positions of Deputy Chief Psychiatrist, Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health. She has chaired the AHMAC National Mental Health Standing Committee, the National Mental Health Workforce Committee, and National Safety and Quality Committee.

Previously, Ruth was the Executive Director of NorthWestern Mental Health, a division of Melbourne Health from 2013 to 2019. NorthWestern Mental Health is the largest mental health service in Victoria, covering a population of approximately 1.4 million people across a number of growth corridors.Ruth is a member of the Board of Forensicare, the Board of Mind, and the Medical Practitioners Board (Victoria). Ruth holds a Bachelor of Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy from Melbourne University, a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.


Register now to take advantage of early bird registration fees, available to all delegates until 12 midnight (AEST) on Friday 19 November.

Early bird registration  Cost
RANZCP SSCRP / FVPN member  $ 695 
RANZCP Fellows / Affiliate Members / Other medical $ 750
RANZCP Trainee/Retired Fellow/Allied health   $ 500
 University student (medicine/psychology)   $ 400
Standard registration  Cost
RANZCP SSCRP / FVPN member $ 795
RANZCP Fellows / Affiliate Members / Other medical $ 850
RANZCP Trainee/Retired Fellow/Allied health $ 600
University student (medicine/psychology) $ 500

Conference registration includes:

  • Access to all conference sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • 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

Tickets for social functions and additional activities

Ticket item Price
Conference dinner $175
Guest Welcome reception registration $99
Golf RACV Cape Schanck Golf Course $121
Mornington Peninsula half day tour $120
St Andrews Beach Golf Course $121


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Abstracts are invited for the Section of Social, Cultural and Rehabilitation Psychiatry and Family Violence Psychiatry Network 2022 Conference.

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Organising Committee, you must also intend to register for the conference.
Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 12 November 2021.

Presentation type 

All abstracts will be considered for an oral presentation. An oral presentation is a 10-minute presentation, including time for questions, which highlights research findings, clinical case experience, or another 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 23:00 AEST on Friday 12 November 2021.

Abstract submission portal


Accommodation rates for those who choose to stay at RACV Cape Schanck Resort have been arranged.

Delegates can book the following rooms.

Room Type

Room + 1 x Breakfast

Room + 2 x Breakfast

Superior Room (Main Building) $330.00 $360.00
Superior Room (Main Building) $410.00 $440.00
Ocean View Room – (Located Within Resort Grounds) $285.00 $315.00

Ocean View Room – (Located Within

Resort Grounds)

$360.00 $390.00

Book directly with the resort on (03) 5950 8000 and quoting the reference RANZCP9584228


Terms and conditions

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 Friday 17 December 2021.

Cancellation requests made between Saturday 18 December 2021 and Friday 4 February 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 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 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.   

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.

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.