Social Program

Included Social Program

Thursday 14 September 2017 – Welcome Reception
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Palais, Luna Park Sydney, 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, NSW 2061
Additional Tickets: A$85.00
Dress: Smart Casual

Join your colleagues and make new acquaintances over drinks and canapes at the Welcome Reception in the Palais at Luna Park Sydney. Take in the beautiful view of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge which will be the back drop of the Conference. Your ticket is part of your standard and student registration and additional tickets are A$85.00.


Optional Social Program

Friday 15 September 2017 – Gala Dinner, Sponsored by TressCox Lawyers – SOLD OUT
7:00pm – 11:00pm

Venue: Parliament House Sydney, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tickets: A$100.00
Dress: Smart Casual

Network with colleagues and make new connections at the Gala Dinner on Friday 15 September 2017.

This three course dinner and dancing occasion will be hosted by TressCox Lawyers in the prestigious setting of Parliament House, Sydney.

An address by Scott Chapman, the Executive Chairman at TressCox Lawyers, as well as a senior Partner of the National Health & Aged Care Services Group, will be followed by our guest speakers, psychiatrist Dr Roderick McKay and medical student Nikhil Autar, who will have an honest and uplifting conversation about confronting life changing illness whilst studying and working in medicine.

Read about are guest speakers below.

Dr Roderick McKay
Dr McKay is a highly respected senior staff specialist and has worked in both clinical and clinical management roles related to mental health care of older people in South Western Sydney for many years. He also has a role as Clinical Advisor to the NSW Older People’s Mental Health Unit. Whilst in these roles, Dr McKay has maintained active participation in Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and academic life.

He is a conjoint senior lecturer with the University of NSW, Chair of the RANZCP Community Collaboration Committee, Chair of the National Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Panel and a member of the National Mental Health Commissions inaugural Future Leaders Initiative for people with lived experience of mental illness. 

He is also a past bi-national Chair of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and former member of the RANZCP General Council. He has been involved in the development of a number of educational resources including the Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) Handbook and the forthcoming Routine Outcome Measurement training.

Nikhil Autar
Nikhil Autar is a 3rd year medical student from Western Sydney University, current Medical Researcher at the Ingham Institute, and an ex-leukaemia patient, amongst many other things. He hopes to use his experiences on both sides of the patient bed to try and bridge the gap between doctors and patients; to help doctors rekindle their passion that brought them to the profession and to help anyone and everyone help get their most powerful weapon in life on their side – their mind.

His current research is on circulating tumour cells and their potential for selecting likely candidates for immunotherapies. He runs his own IT social enterprise, PlayWell, making peoples’ “wasted hours” on the internet make money for charity, is a poker professional, speaks regularly to both medical and lay audiences on various topics from wellness, dealing with grief and depression, to innovation and leadership.

You can find him on his popular blog – Musings of a Med Student Patient. 


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Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Open:
1 December 2017
Registration Opens:
1 March 2017
Call for Abstracts Close:
31 March 2017
Author Notification:
10 April 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline:
31 May 2017
Conference Dates:
14-16 September 2017