2018 Program

The program overview below is provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds. Please check this page regularly. 

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Wednesday 21st November 2018

0830-0900 Workshop Registration & arrival tea and coffee

A selection of pre-conference workshops will be held on the Wednesday prior to the start of the congress.  These workshops are an additional cost to attend.  To submit an application to facilitate a workshop visit the abstract submission page.  Submissions close Wednesday 11th July 2018.

Book a workshop during the registration process.  Delegates and Non-Delegates are welcome to attend:

  • Early (before 4th Oct) Delegate $160 / Standard (after 4th Oct) $185
  • Early (before 4th Oct) Non-Delegate $185 / Standard (after 4th Oct) $310
  • Full-Time Students $95 (ID required)
Workshop 1 – Chancellor 6 Workshop 2 – Harbour View Room 2
0900-1230 Confidentiality and litigation – when worlds collide
Judge Joe Harman

Many professionals are bound by duties of confidentiality or fidelity to their clients. The foundations of such duties are diverse and include religious belief, protection of the efficient operation of institutions fundamental to society and therapeutic benefit. The law protects a number of confidential relationships through evidential “privileges” such as religious confessional privilege, journalistic source privilege and legal professional privilege. Many, but not all, of these evidential privileges are under attack. Click here for full description.

Memories of childhood sexual abuse as evidence
Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Professor Mark Nolan

Co-authors of a review commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse of contemporary scientific research on complainant’s memory will present research highlights for forensic and legal practitioners. The workshop offers an empirical basis to assist criminal justice professionals to evaluate memories of childhood sexual abuse. The findings apply to cases of child sexual abuse as well as other matters where memory is crucial evidence in legal settings. Click here for full description.

1230-1300 A light lunch is provided for workshop attendees
Workshop 3 – Chancellor 6 Workshop 4 – Harbour View Room 2
1300-1630 Dos, dont’s and getting your message across: Expert report writers in court
Andrew George, Josh Taaff, Dr Michael FitzGerald

The aim of the workshop is to consider the different type of expert reports commonly used in criminal proceedings and discuss what criminal defense lawyers are looking for. The workshop will also explore the skills expert report writers need when giving evidence in court. It will include opportunities to put some of those skills and tips into practice during the workshop. It will be of great relevance to those new to the field as well as experienced report writers. Click here for full description.

Assessing sexual sadism using structured behavioural guidelines
Dr Rajan Darjee

This workshop will give an overview of sexual sadism, its implications for risk assessment, treatment and case management. It will also give a detailed overview of the SeSaS and provide training in how to use this measure. Case studies will be used to apply the learning and the guidelines to practice. Practitioners will go away with a tool allowing for the better identification and assessment of sexual sadism.  Click here for full description.

 Free Evening

Thursday 22nd November 2018

0730-1600 Speakers Preparation Room Open | Mezzanine
0800-1700 Registration Open | Mezzanine
OPENING PLENARY | Grand Ballroom 2/3
Chair: Vincenzo Caltabiano
0900-0930 Welcome to Country | Kartanya Maynard, Tasmanian Aboriginal Community member
Official Opening | Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania
Congress Welcome | Vincenzo Caltabiano & Yvonne Golder, Congress Co-Convenors
0930-1030 Keynote Speaker: Professor Megan Davis
The Uluru Statement from the Heart: Can Australia rise the challenge set down by First Nations at Uluru?

Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, UNSW. Prof Davis is an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Prof Davis is a constitutional lawyer who was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution.  Full biography.

1030-1100 Morning Tea | Mezzanine
Grand Ballroom 1 | Chair: Vincenzo Caltabiano
Grand Ballroom 2 | Bree Wyeth
Grand Ballroom 3 | Chair: Yvonne Golder
Harbour View 1 | Chair: Troy McEwan 
1100-1125 “Best interests of the child”: Inter-professional communication in the context of child protection in the courts
Kim Tomlian
The diversity and nature of offending in people with intellectual disability
Dr Margaret Nixon
Forensic mental health services in Tasmania
Dr Leila Kavanagh
Pathways to homicide: A case linkage analysis of mental health and offending precursors of homicide offenders in Victoria
Dr Benjamin Spivak
1130-1155 Sentinel Event or business as usual? Removing children from parents with substance abuse problems
Dr Karen Fisher, Dr Sabrina Hasanoui
The quest for certainty: Predictive algorithms, risk and preventive justice
Professor Bernadette McSherry
Striding rather than limping: Lessons from Canada on compensating negligently occasioned mental harm
Dr Tina Popa
Sexual homicide: Implications of recent research for theory and practice
Dr Raj Darjee
1200-1225 Lessons not learnt are doomed to be repeated: The case of BS, a death in out of home care
Dr Karen Fisher
Features of Australian Islamic State-inspired terrorists
Dr Russ Scott
Streamlining the first-tier tribunal (mental health). Will it promote justice, fairness and patient rights?
Carole Burrell
Epidemiology and clinical features of homicide Professor Olav Nielssen
1230-1255 Non-legal advocacy in involuntary mental health
Dr Chris Maylea
Is ‘house arrest’ authorised under a Community Treatment Order regime?
Professor John Dawson
1300-1400 Lunch | Mezzanine
Grand Ballroom 1 | Chair: Sam van der Wijngaart
Grand Ballroom 2 | Chair: Loene Howes
Grand Ballroom 3 | Chair: Mark Nolan
Harbour View 1 | Chair: Amee Baird
1400-1425 Determinants of sentencing for child pornography related offending
Dr David Tuck
Improving police prevention of severe family violence using structured risk assessment and management
A/Professor Troy McEwan
Administrative burdens and the anti-therapeutic effects of mental health legislation: A legal-psychological framework and preliminary analysis
Dr Stephen Tang
Murder and dementia: An exploration of legal and neuropsychological factors of Australian cases
Dr Amee Baird, Professor Jeanette Kennett, Dr Elizabeth Schier
1430-1455 Similarities in modi operandi of institutional and non-institutional child sexual offending: Systematic case comparisons
Natalie Martschuk
How accurate are police officers at predicting domestic violence with a structured professional judgement tool? An experimental, scenario-based study
Professor Mark Kebbell
Regulating the restraint of women in mental health and disability services settings: Designing gender-sensitive laws and guidelines for minimising and eliminating the use of restraint across sectors
Dr Yvette Maker
1500-1525 Sexual abuse in juvenile detention
Dr Christopher Lennings
Safety first: A new Dutch approach to policing ex-partner stalking
Cleo Brandt
Sins, reflections, and directions: A Tasmanian case study
Dr David Tuck
1530-1600 Afternoon Tea | Mezzanine
PLENARY SESSION | Grand Ballroom 2/3
Chair: Loene Howes
1600-1700 Keynote Speaker: Professor Theresa Gannon
Does treatment for sexual offending work? What factors are important?

Theresa is Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) at the University of Kent, UK.  Theresa also works as a Practitioner Consultant Forensic Psychologist specializing in sexual offending and firesetting for the Forensic and Specialist Care Group, Kent and Medway Partnership Trust.  Full biography.

1700 Day concludes
1740 Board coaches for Government House from the Campbell St side of the Hotel Grand Chancellor

Government House Tasmania

Government House Reception

Generously hosted by Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania and Mr Warner.  There is no cost to attend this function, however you must indicate your interest in attending the reception during the registration process.  Numbers are limited and we cannot guarantee an invitation to delegates that register after the close of early bird on the 4th October 2018.


1900  Coaches depart Government House to return delegates to the Hotel Grand Chancellor

Friday 23rd November 2018

0800-1530 Speakers Preparation Room Open | Mezzanine
0800-1630 Registration Open | Mezzanine
PLENARY | Grand Ballroom 2/3
Chair: Troy McEwan
0900-1000 Keynote Speaker: Professor Theresa Gannon
The clinical needs of adult firesetters

Theresa is Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) at the University of Kent, UK.  Theresa also works as a Practitioner Consultant Forensic Psychologist specializing in sexual offending and firesetting for the Forensic and Specialist Care Group, Kent and Medway Partnership Trust.  Full biography.

1000-1030 Morning Tea | Mezzanine
Grand Ballroom 1 | Luke Bartlett
Grand Ballroom 2 | Chair: Troy McEwan 
Grand Ballroom 3 | Chair: Michael Guerzoni 
Harbour View 1 | Bernadette McSherry 
1030-1055 Young peoples understanding of the Youth Justice System in New Zealand
Phillippa Dean
The role of aggression-related early maladaptive schemas and schema modes in aggression in a prisoner sample
Dr Ashley Dunne
Keeping people with mental illness out of the criminal justice system by addressing a broad range of issues in a therapeutic court
Dr Adam Brett
The UNCRPD – do I look bothered?
Dr Justin Barry-Walsh
1100-1125 Juvenile firesetters as multiple problem youth with particular interests in fire: Results from a meta-analysis across 39 independent samples
Danielle Perks, A/Professor Bruce Watt
A prospective real world validation of the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP)
Dr Raj Darjee
Understanding insight: An exploratory study of insight in a forensic psychiatric inpatient setting
Fiona Black
Preventive detention – unlawful arbitrary detention
Dr Tony Ellis
1130-1155 Assessment and treatment of young offenders: How far have we come and where are we heading?
Dr Clare Calvert
A cumulative behavioural scale for identifying non-sadistic ritualistic rape
Dr Michael Davis
Insanity defence reform – can empirical research influence legal change?
Professor Ronnie Mackay
“Is this to be their fate for the indefinite future?” Judicial interest in systemic issues in Queensland
Niamh Fields
1200-1225 The future of youth offender rehabilitation: Applying the Good Lives Model to youth offenders
Dr Clare-Ann Fortune
Criminogenic profile of violent female offenders incarcerated in Western Australian prisons
Menna Gower
Adaptation pathologised: ‘Adjustment Disorder’ and its consequences
Dr Eric Ratcliff
Post-sentence detention of terrorists: From Sins of the Past to predicting future risk in three new Australian regimes
Professor Mark Nolan
1230-1330 Lunch | Mezzanine
Grand Ballroom 1 | Chair: Mark Kebbell
Grand Ballroom 2 | Luke Bartlett
Grand Ballroom 3 | Chair: Liz Moore
1330-1355 A study of clergymen and lay teachers charged with sexual offences against children
Professor Olav Nielssen
Working in policing and legal contexts: What kinds of ethical dilemmas do interpreters face?
Dr Loene Howes
Forensic psychological assessment of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people
Dr Bob Montgomery
1400-1425 The sacrament of confession and child sexual abuse: Reported practise of Tasmanian Anglican clergy navigating the confidentiality dilemma
Mike Guerzoni
Removing stubborn stains from the crime scene: Should the state play a role in lessening disgust?
Gregory Dale
Past sins through the lenses of guilt, shame and violence: Can therapeutic jurisprudence help?
Dr Warren Brookbanks
1430-1455 Policy change in the world of the silent victim
Katalin Kraszlan
Misidentification of a person as a familiar person and reliability of eyewitness identification
Professor Yuji Itoh
Japanese style of therapeutic jurisprudence: How can we put the new wine into the old bottle?
Professor Makoto Ibusuki
1500-1530 Afternoon Tea | Mezzanine
PLENARY SESSION | Grand Ballroom 2/3
Chair: Vincenzo Caltabiano
1530-1630 Keynote Speaker: Dr Danny Sullivan
The shifting sands of confidentiality

Danny Sullivan is a consultant psychiatrist, currently Executive Director of Clinical Services at Forensicare, the Victorian public forensic mental health service. In addition he has honorary academic appointments at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne Universities, and provides expert evidence in a range of jurisdictions.  Full biography.

1630-1715 ANZAPPL AGM
1715 Day Concludes
1900 till late

Congress Dinner | Hobart Function Centre

It is with great pleasure that the Organising Committee of the 38th Annual Congress invites you to attend the congress dinner at the Hobart Function Centre on the Waterfront, on the evening of Friday 23rd November 2018.  The congress dinner is included in the cost of all full registration categories, however you must indicate attendance during registration for catering purposes.  Additional tickets may be purchased by Day Delegates and for guests for $115.

Saturday 24th November 2018

0800-1100 Speakers Preparation Room Open | Mezzanine
0800-1300 Registration Open | Mezzanine
Grand Ballroom 1 | Chair: Loene Howes
Grand Ballroom 2 | Chair: Yvonne Golder
Grand Ballroom 3 | Chair: Luke Bartlett
0900-0925 The best interests of the child: Dealing better with tensions surrounding dying children
Professor Ian Freckelton QC
Capacity assessment in the NSW Mental Health Act: Are we doing it right?
Dr Tim Foley
Presented by Christopher Ryan
Anything is possible: Increasing the odds in forensic therapy – Part 1
Dr Jennifer Wells
0930-0955 Lost and found in translation: Cross-disciplinary conversations between lawyers and clinicians
Jo Sampford
Examining the written word: An audit of psychiatric medical reports in the general hospital setting
Dr KC Soh
Anything is possible: Increasing the odds in forensic therapy – Part 2
Melanie Mitchell, Dr Jennifer Wells
1000-1025 Impostors and impersonators: Fake health practitioners, psychiatry, psychology and the law
Professor Ian Freckelton QC
Oddly dangerous or dangerously odd
Dr Mike Jordan, Marita O’Connell
Treatment pathways among person found not criminally responsible
Bob Green
1025-1100 Morning Tea | Mezzanine
CLOSING PLENARY PANEL | Grand Ballroom 2/3
Chair: Vincenzo Caltabiano
1100-1200 Reflections and Future Directions
Associate Professor Troy McEwan, Dr Danny Sullivan, Professor Bernadette McSherry, Professor Megan Davis, Professor Theresa Gannon
1200-1230 Presidential Handover | Professor Bernadette McSherry & A/Professor Troy McEwan
2019 Congress Handover
Closing Remarks
1230  Lunch | Mezzanine
Don’t rush off!  There’s so much to see and do in Tasmania.  Why not book some activities or take a tour round the state?
Click here for some suggestions from the committee.


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