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
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: Parliament House Sydney, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tickets: A$100.00
Dress: Smart Casual

Network, dance and enjoy a three course dinner and drink at Parliament House Sydney with delegates from the Conference. All tickets are A$100.00 and is an optional part of the social program. Hear from our guest speakers including Dr Roderick McKay and Nikhil Autar whose address will be honest and uplifting about doctors confronting life changing illness. 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.



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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