Registration is now open for the 2018 Neuroscience and Society Conference, to be held 24-25 August. Click here for registration details and the draft conference program.
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.
TICKET SALES MUST END FRIDAY 20TH JULY AT 4PM.
Venue: SMC Conference and Function Centre
66 Goulburn St
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For any questions on this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The ANZAPPL NSW Committee
Neuroscience and Society
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
- brain-computer interfaces
- 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:
- highlights from- and information about enhancements to the Australian Neurolaw Database
- book symposium on Neuro-Interventions and The Law: Regulating Human Mental Capacity
- panel on the topic of remorse
For enquiries about matters other than abstract submission, please email Adrian Carter <> or Jeanette Kennett <>
Neuroscience & Society is supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function Neuroethics Program, and the Centre for Agency Values and Ethicsat Macquarie University.
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.
The following AGM documents are available below:
- ANZAPPL NSW 2018 AGM proxy.docx
- ANZAPPL NSW 2018 AGM election.docx
- ANZAPPL NSW 2018 AGM notice and agenda.docx
We are also excited to announce an update to our NSW Branch Constitution. The current and updated rules are available below:
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.
Tea, Coffee and Canapes included.
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NEUROSCIENCE & SOCIETY: ETHICAL, LEGAL & CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS OF NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Researchers, practitioners, clinicians and other professionals from Australia and internationally are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at the 2017 Neuroscience & Society Meeting 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.
For more information, please visit: http://neuroethicsconference.org.au
Enquiries may be emailed to or
Submitting an Abstract
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.
Neuroscience & Society is supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function Neuroethics Program, the Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics at Macquarie University, and the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney.
- Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie University)
- Adrian Carter (Monash University)
- Sascha Callaghan (University of Sydney)
- Cynthia Forlini (University of Sydney)
- Neil Levy (Macquarie University and University of Oxford)
- Nicole Vincent (Macquarie University)
- Allan McCay (University of Sydney)
ANZAPPL NSW is pleased to host a diverse range of speakers with experience and expertise with women in the criminal justice system from the perspectives of psychiatry, law and personal experience!
Professor Anne Buist will present on the topic of Mothers Who Kill.
Deb Halloran is a trained mentor for women in the criminal justice system. She will discuss her personal experiences throughout her journey.
Jill Prior will draw on her vast legal experience to discuss the challenges faced by women in the justice system.
The event will be held beach side in sunny Newcastle only 2 hours north of Sydney. Noah’s on the Beach provides high quality conference facilities and catering facilities. Attendees will be provided with tea and coffee on registration and a morning tea.
Date: Saturday 29 April 2017, 8:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Quality Hotel Noah’s On The Beach, corner of Shortland Esplanade and Zaara St, Newcastle 2300
Current ANZAPPL Members: $35
Student ANZAPPL Members: $10
Non ANZAPPL Members: $55
Non ANZAPPL Members, Full Time Student Price: $25
Morning Tea included
Ticket sales close: Wednesday 24th April 2017 unless sold out prior
Click here for ticketing and more information on our speakers.
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 AGM last week. We also extend our gratitude to His Honour, Judge Peter Johnstone for a wonderful presentation.
Our 2017 NSW Branch Committee are:
President: Amanda White
Vice Presidents: Katherine Johnson and Thea Gumbert-Jourjon
Treasurer: Natalie Martschuk
Secretary: Christian Cabrera
General Members: Wayne Morrison, Tolulope Fajumi, Sachin Rai, and Malindi Sayle
As radicalisation and recruitment of Australians appears to be increasing and violent extremists are reaching out to mentally vulnerable individuals, there is a clear role for mental health services in the evaluation and management of susceptible individuals. In the context of the changing milieu of mental health care and the importance of understanding the emergent risks to our patients, their families and the wider community, the symposium Mental Health, Extremism and Lone-Actor Grievance-Fuelled Violence brings together expert speakers from policing, forensic mental health and legal backgrounds. The symposium will inform delegates about the rise of extremism and terrorism and will also consider the phenomenon of lone-actor grievance-fuelled violence, including fixated attacks, hate killings, school shootings and workplace killings, and its relevance to mental health services. The symposium will also consider inter-agency approaches to countering violent extremism and present models for working with counter-terrorism agencies to improve the management of the mentally ill and enhance community safety. The symposium will also examine the Sydney Lindt Café siege, a compelling example of lone-actor, grievance-fuelled violence. As a jurisdiction recognised for its excellence and innovation in mental health/ policing interventions, Queensland is well placed to host this important symposium.
When: 8-9 March
Where: Rydges South Bank Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
ANZAPPL members are entitled to discount registration for this exciting event.
Please click here for more information.