RANZCP 2016 New Zealand National Conference


2016 RANZCP New Zealand National Conference
October 12-14
Rydges Latimer, Christchurch

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce the full program for the 2016 New Zealand National Conference of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is now available on the conference website. The conference, themed ‘Recover, rebuild, regenerate’ will be held at Rydges Latimer in Christchurch from 12 – 14 October 2016.

Registration for the conference is open and discounted registration fees are available until 12 September 2016. Delegates are encouraged to take advantage of the specially negotiated accommodation rates and book their accommodation via the online registration facility.

The committee encourages delegates to take the opportunity to explore and enjoy the new and resurgent Christchurch. After the conference, delegates may wish to use Christchurch as a starting point to explore some of the attractions of the South Island.

Register online today.

Three keynote speakers have been confirmed and include Professor Gin Malhi who will present on ‘Mixtures of mood: an elixir or cocktail?’ and Professor Jon Jureidini who will present on ‘Just how bad is the state of psychiatric research?’

Also confirmed is the 2016 RANZCP Travelling Professor, Professor Lars Kessing from Denmark, who will present on ‘Early intervention in bipolar disorder’, ‘Lithium: why, when and for whom?’ and ‘Bipolar disorder and the risk of dementia’.

Additional invited speakers include Associate Professor Caroline Bell, Dr Ceri Evans, Associate Professor John Horwood and Professor Sally Merry and who will present on topics including: ‘Earthquakes, the brain and well-being’, ‘Psychiatry in high performance sport – mind over matter’, ‘An update on the Christchurch health and development study’ and ‘E-mental health interventions for children and adolescents’.

Other highlights of the program include:

  • College President, Professor Malcolm Hopwood, will present on the College’s recent economic report on the cost of serious mental illness and comorbidities in Australia and New Zealand
  •  Professor Richard Porter will present on ‘Treating cognitive impairment in mood disorders’
  • Associate Professor Sue Luty and Dr Crawford Duncan will present an update on the College exams
  • For the first time, a debate will take place during the conference with the topic ‘This house believes that the pharmaceutical industry does more good than harm in the ongoing development of treatments in psychiatry’. Participants in the debate include Professor Gin Malhi, Professor Paul Glue, Ms Heather Roy, Associate Professor David Menkes and Professor Jon Jureidini.
Associate Professor Sue Luty will run a half-day pre-conference workshop on 11 October on the topic of interpersonal psychotherapy. Further information is available on the conference website.

The scientific program will be complemented by an exciting social program, including the Welcome Reception on 12 October and the conference dinner on 13 October where guests will enjoy a night of excellent local food and wine at The Tannery's opulent Atrium.

For the first time at the conference, delegates will also be able to experience Christchurch through organised group trail walks, free of charge, around the picturesque Botanic Gardens.

Visit the conference website for further information on the scientific program, social program and general information about Christchurch.