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Keywords:

  • advocacy;
  • education;
  • old age;
  • psychiatrists;
  • subspecialty

Objective: To describe the processes that led to formation of the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (FPOA).

Method and Results: Two criteria needed to be fulfilled before Faculty status could be approved. One was to demonstrate a recognised body of knowledge concerning psychiatry of old age, and the other was to be able to offer a comprehensive training program in this subspecialty.

Conclusions: On 1 January 1999, FPOA came into existence.