Our AGM was held last week on 13 March 2019. To keep all of our members up to date, we attach a copy of the meeting minutes here.
We would also like to once again welcome our inaugural patron, the Hon Greg James SC.
The committee thanks our members for their ongoing support. We hope to see you at our next event at the end of July for an evening dinner and seminar discussing trauma and first responders. Please keep an eye out for ticket registrations closer to the time.
If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ANZAPPL NSW Branch is delighted to welcome Dr Jennifer Wilson and Mr Daniel Wakim to present on the topic of white collar criminals- who are they, what they do, and the intricacies of these cases as they present within the legal system.
Light refreshments and canapes will be served prior to the presentations.
Doors open 6pm. Presentations to commence at 6:45pm.
Venue: Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney.
About the Speakers
Dr Jennifer Wilson has detected, investigated and profiled white collar fraudsters. Her first hand experience of what fraudsters do was gained as an auditor in the private and public sectors in Sydney and London. Jennifer’s doctoral research profiling fraudsters combined that knowledge with her training and experience in organisational psychology and the financial services sector. Previous invited talks include the NSW Crime Commission, NSW Department of Corrective Services and the Australian Psychological Society College of Organisational Psychologists. Jennifer has also been interviewed about her profiling work by Channel 7 and the ABC.
Daniel Wakim practices in Criminal Law (Serious Crimes), Crime Commission and Intelligence Proceedings, General Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Law and matters arising out of the Independent Commission Against Corruption / Royal Commission Proceedings. Daniel has exceptional experience acting for various people criminally prosecuted for Fraud, Proceeds of Crime, Money Laundering, Deceptive and Misleading Conduct and or subject to civil proceedings pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act and Criminal Assets and Recovery Act by both the New South Wales Crime Commission and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
The ANZAPPL NSW Committee are delighted to host an evening on 25th July 2018 at 6:30pm on the topic of:
Is the War on Drugs Over?
We are privileged to have two distinguished speakers in this area who will deliver individual talks and facilitate a joint Q & A session on this topic. Discussions will cover areas such as challenges to drug laws, alternative approaches, what works, the effects of criminalising drugs.
Dr Alex Wodak
Dr Alex Wodak AM, President of the Australia Drug Law Reform Foundation, is an Emeritus Consultant at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, where he was Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service from 1982 until he retired in 2012. He became interested in drug law reform in the 1980s while actively advocating for the establishment of needle syringe programs to reduce the spread of HIV among and from people who inject drugs which was vigorously opposed by supporters of drug prohibition.
Dr Caitlin Hughes
Dr Hughes is a criminologist and Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. She works as part of the multi-disciplinary Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) which seeks to improve Australian drug policy by identifying what works, translating research evidence and engaging directly with policy makers. Dr Hughes’ prime focus is improving understanding of the effects of different legislative regimes and law enforcement approaches, and the role of law enforcement relative to other aspects of drug policy.
Projects include: the impacts of the Portuguese decriminalisation of illicit drug use; mapping out police and criminal justice diversionary policies throughout Australia; identifying optimum policing responses for responding to MDMA and determining legal thresholds for serious drug trafficking offences. Projects have often been undertaken in collaboration with Australian policy makers, including Queensland Health and Police, NSW Police and the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, or international organisations, including the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Other interests include analysing the policy processes by which drug policy reform occurs.
This event is likely to be of particular interest to practitoners, students and researchers working at the intersection of psychiatry, psychology and law.
Doors open after 6:15pm with the event commencing just after 6:30pm. A two-course dinner will be served in between presentations.
*Tickets for ANZAPPL members and students have been heavily subsidized by the NSW Committee as part of our ongoing commitement to provide high quality professional development events, resources and networking opportunities to our members at very affordable prices. Ticket includes a two course dinner (main and dessert) and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks available for purchase at the bar.
Ethics, Law, and Technology — 24-25 August 2018, Sydney, Australia
Advances in brain scanning and intervention technologies are transforming our ability to observe, explain, and influence human thought and behaviour. Potential applications of such technologies (e.g. brain-based pain detection in civil lawsuits, medications to help criminal offenders become less impulsive, prediction of future behaviour through neuroimaging) and their ethical, clinical, legal, and societal implications, fuel important debates in neuroethics. However, many factors beyond the brain – factors targeted by different emerging technologies – also influence human thought and behaviour. Sequencing the human genome and gene-editing technologies like CRISPR Cas-9 offer novel ways to explain and influence human thought and behaviour. Analysis of data about our offline and online lives (e.g. from fitness trackers, how we interact with our smartphone apps, and our social media posts and profiles) also provide striking insights into our psychology. Such intimate information can be used to predict and influence our behaviour, including through bespoke advertising for goods and services that more effectively exploits our psychology and political campaigns that sway election results. Although such methods often border on manipulation, they are both difficult to detect and potentially impossible to resist. The use of such information to guide the design of online environments, artifacts, and smart cities lies at the less nefarious – and potentially even socially useful and morally praiseworthy – end of the spectrum vis à vis the potential applications of such emerging “moral technologies”.
At this year’s Neuroscience & Society conference we will investigate the ethical, clinical, legal, and societal implications of a wide range of moral technologies that target factors beyond, as well as within, the brain, in order to observe, explain, and influence human thought and behaviour. Topics will include, but are not limited to:
cognitive and moral enhancement
neurolaw and neuro-evidence
neuromorphic engineering and computing
mental privacy and surveillance
social media and behaviour prediction/influence
implicit bias and priming
technological influences on human behaviour
nudging, environment and technology design, and human behaviour
artificial intelligence and machine learning
technology and the self
(neuro)technology and society
We invite abstracts from scholars, scientists, technology designers, policy-makers, practitioners, clinicians and graduate students, interested in presenting talks or posters on any of the above or related topics.
Abstracts of 300 words should be emailed to Cynthia Forlini <> in Microsoft Word format by Thursday, 31 May 2018. Submissions will be peer reviewed, and authors of successful submissions will be notified via email by Friday, 15 June 2018.
In addition to keynote presentations (to be announced shortly), contributed talks, and a poster session, the conference program will also include three sessions on the following topics:
As you will be aware our AGM was recently held at the Wesley Conference Centre on 21 March 2018. To keep all of our members up to date, we attach a copy of the meeting minutes here.
In addition, after much hard work by Mark Robinson, SC the NSW Branch is pleased to provide you with a copy of our updated Constitution, which was passed at the recent meeting.
The committee thanks our members for their ongoing support. We hope to see you at our next event Wednesday 25th July 2018 for an evening dinner and seminar discussing drug reform and policy. Please keep an eye out for ticket registrations closer to the time.
If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at
The ANZAPPL NSW Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st March, 6pm at The Pacific Room, Wesley Conference Centre, Lower Ground floor, 220 Pitt St, Sydney. We look forward to updating our members on our milestones in 2017, as well as our plans for the coming year.
After the AGM, we are delighted to welcome the co-authors of the review for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, to discuss highlights of their research. We will be hearing from Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Professor Mark Nolan and Dr Evianne L. van Gijn-Grosvenor.
Tickets for the event and further information on our speakers can be found here.
ANZAPPL NSW is excited to present a new panel forum:
A View From the Other Side – What Do Our Professions Do?
This interactive forum will explore the fundamental question of What do we do? Through the use of a hypothetical scenario that follows a client’s journey from initial injury to assessment to court, our expert panel will explore what each discipline would do under various circumstances.
A range of issues may be raised and discussed including:
What is the understanding by each profession of the other?
How and why do lawyers refer to psychologists and psychiatrists and vice versa?
What makes a good witness and what is a good report?
Our experienced panel of experts includes:
Mr Tom Goudkamp, Managing Director Stacks Goudkamp, NSW Law Society Accredited specialist in personal injury and compensation, Chairperson NSW Law Society Personal Injury Advisory Committee and CARS Assessor.
Dr Yvonne Skinner, expert forensic psychiatrist in both civil and criminal arena, trainer, and first ANZAPPL NSW President
Daniel Howard SC, Former President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, University Lecturer
Dr Mitchell Byrne, Associate Professor University of Wollongong, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
The panel discussion will run for 30-45 minutes, after which there will be a 45 minute open forum for attendees to ask questions.
ANZAPPL NSW Committee Member, lawyer and former psychologist, Mr Wayne Morrison, will be our moderator for the evening.
Researchers, practitioners, clinicians and other professionals from Australia and internationally are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at the 2017 Neuroscience & SocietyMeeting in Sydney, Australia. The meeting will feature a wide range of exciting scientific lectures and ethical, philosophical and legal discussions, with numerous networking opportunities with experts, researchers, and emerging leaders in the field of neuroethics and neurolaw.
Abstracts are invited from those working in the fields of ethics, law, neuroscience, mathematics and engineering, psychology and psychiatry, philosophy, allied health care, and public policy. Abstracts of an empirical, legal, and philosophical nature related to the field of neuroethics are welcomed. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit one or more abstracts.
Abstracts will be peer reviewed and acceptance will be based on content, available space, and overall program balance. A small number of selected abstracts will be invited for an oral presentation. Other selected abstracts will be invited for a poster presentation.
Presentations are welcomed on any neuroethics topic, although particular consideration will be given to those addressing the key conference themes of:
Ageing and dementia
The developing brain
Disability and mental health
Disorders of self control
Moral cognition and moral technologies, and
Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Selected papers will be invited to be submitted to a special issue of the journal Neuroethics. All papers will undergo peer review – an invitation will not guarantee publication.
Abstracts are due by 7 July and are to be submitted via email to
All submissions must include:
A clear and concise abstract of no more than 300 words
A title (formatted in Title Case, not UPPERCASE)
A list of all authors using their preferred abbreviations, as well as each author’s full name (“J. Doe[1,2], M. Bach[1,3]” along with “Jonathan Doe” and “Michelle Bach,” for example)
Institution affiliations for each author
References (up to five) using the Neuroethics journal format
Disclosure of any conflicts of interest
Work presented in abstracts must be in compliance with local policies, ethical review related to the use of humans and animals in research, and the disclosure and conflict of interest statement listed below.
Abstracts will be reviewed by conference organising committee and selected abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be notified by July 14.