Associate Professor Vinay Lakra


Associate Professor Vinay Lakra was the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) from May 2021 to May 2023.

Associate Professor Lakra became a RANZCP Fellow in 2007. He is the Divisional Director of Mental Health Services at Northern Health, Melbourne. Prior to this for over 10 years, he was a Clinical Director at North Western Mental Health, The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is a member of the Victorian Board of the Medical Board of Australia. He served as the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria for three years during 2016–19 and is a member of WPA Standing Committee on Scientific Sections.

Associate Professor Lakra graduated in medicine from JN Medical College, India in 1999 and then completed his MD in psychiatry from Central Institute of Psychiatry, India in 2002 before moving to Australia in 2004. He is also a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, has a Masters in Health Management from University of New South Wales and is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Associate Professor Lakra’s interest and expertise includes leadership and management; clinical governance systems; patient safety and quality; assessment and training standards for doctors; and supervision and mentoring of junior doctors and early career psychiatrists. He also continues to be involved in clinical practice in general psychiatry including electroconvulsive therapy.

Associate Professor Lakra joined the Board for a two-year term from May 2018. He was elected to the role of President-Elect of the RANZCP from May 2019 – May 2021, during which time he chaired the RANZCP Members’ Advisory Council and Audit Committee, and assumed the role of President in May 2021 until May 2023.


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