Faculty of Psychotherapy Conference 2016


Psychotherapy Conference 2016

A fine balance: Maintaining a balance between despair and hope in psychiatric organisations


Friday 2 September

8.15am Registration and arrival coffee

9.00am Introduction and Opening
Michael Daubney

9.15am–11.00am KEYNOTE ADDRESS 1:

The role of psychiatrists, and of other health workers in society
Anton Obholzer

11.00am–11.30am Morning tea

11.30am–12.30pm Dynamics in Professional Organisations
Invited speaker: Paul Foulkes

12.30pm–1.30pm Gossip and Rumour: What can they tell us?
Invited speaker: Nick O’Connor

1.30pm –2.30pm Lunch

2.30pm–3.30pm Free Papers

3.30pm–4.30pm Free Papers

5.00pm–6.00pm Welcome Reception

Saturday 3 September

7.00am–8.00am Laughter Session with Cris Popp

(Outdoor activity)

9.00am–11.30am Workshop
Anton Obholzer

11.30am–12.00pm Morning tea

12.00pm–1.00pm Free Papers

1.00pm–2.00pm Lunch

2.00pm–3.30pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS 2:

Cigarette pack warning – doing this job could seriously damage your health
Anton Obholzer

3.30pm–4.00pm Afternoon tea

4.00pm–5.00pm Free Papers

7.00pm–10.00pm Conference Dinner
L’Aqua Restaurant, Darling Harbour
Featuring Psychiatric Trivial Pursuit hosted by Jeff Streimer and live jazz trio

Sunday 4 September

9.15am–10.15am Small group dynamics – the multidisciplinary team in a cystic fibrosis unit
Invited speaker: Jenny Randles

10.15am–10.45am Morning tea


Panel: Anton Obholzer, Paul Foulkes, Nick O’Connor, Jenny Randles

12.00pm Closing Comments
Paul Foulkes, Loyola McLean

About the event

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Faculty of Psychotherapy is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its annual conference, ‘A fine balance: Maintaining a balance between despair and hope in psychiatric organisations’ at the Crowne Plaza, Coogee Beach NSW, from Friday 2 September to Sunday 4 September 2016.

We are delighted to have as our keynote speaker Dr Anton Obholzer (United Kingdom) who is a psychiatrist and a Child and Adult psychoanalyst as well as a trained organisational consultant.  His skill and experience with group relations, organisational change and resistance to change will provide us with a valuable opportunity to put our psychiatric organisations under the microscope.  He will run a workshop as well as give two keynote addresses.

Three local speakers will address the areas of dynamics in professional organisations, scrutinise the dynamics impacting on health and well-being of patients with cystic fibrosis in a service, and there will be a humorous exploration of how gossip and rumour in organisations exert a role in building and distorting alliances.

This is a fantastic opportunity to update your professional knowledge, while enjoying the company of colleagues and friends.

2–4 September 2016
Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

Sydney, NSW


Registrations are now open.

Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts now open, closing 30 June 2016.
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Theme: A fine balance: maintaining a balance between despair and hope in psychiatric organisations

Maintaining a fine balance between despair and hope, as depicted by Rohinton Mistry in his novel A Fine Balance, based on life in India post-independence, encapsulates similar challenges for survival faced by both patients and psychiatrists/mental healthcare workers in our psychiatric services.

Psychiatry is for most of us the most rewarding profession because it offers opportunities to explore the psychological, interpersonal and social worlds of patients and their predicaments with our biological and scientific training as doctors. However, psychiatry is also a challenging calling, sometimes dealing with personal tragedy, and often frustrated by the limitations of bureaucracy, system failures and lack of sufficient resources.

When recovery of patients is witnessed, it is a proud moment of exhilaration for all.