Covert Recordings as Evidence in Criminal Trials, and 2020 Annual General Meeting

The NSW ANZAPPL Committee invites you to attend our first event of 2020!

We are excited to welcome Associate Professor Helen Fraser, Adjunct Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of New England, Armidale, who will present a seminar on the use of covert recordings as evidence in criminal trials.

The ANZAPPL NSW Branch AGM will be held prior to the presentation.

Where: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St, Sydney.

When: Wednesday 4 March 2020, 6pm (AGM) and 6:45pm (presentation.

More information about the event can be found here.

Special Meeting 2019

A special meeting will be held for members on Thursday 25th July 6:00-6:15pm at the Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney, in order to vote on the proposed new constitution. You may recall that this was passed at our 2018 AGM; however unfortunately in order to comply with Department of Fair Trading, we require this to be passed again. There have been no further changes to the constitution.
We attach a copy of the new proposed constitution here.
Following the special meeting, we are pleased to host an evening dinner and seminar on the topic of First Responders  and the consequences of Trauma:
Information and  Tickets can be purchased here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the committee.

The Hon Greg James AM QC- ANZAPPL NSW Patron

The ANZAPPL NSW Branch has invited the Honorable Greg James AM QC to act as our Patron. Greg has accepted, and we all look forward to his time with us allowing him to speak on behalf of ANZAPPL NSW including with politicians and the legal profession to achieve proper recognition of psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health workers and their contribution to, and interaction with, the judicial system and community.

Greg is a former Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW, President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, and has had a long history of work with the Richmond Fellowship, Schizophrenia Fellow, and other mental health worker organisations. He has been responsible for the reform of the NSW Mental Health Legislation and indeed had been the longest serving member of the NSW Law Reform Commission. He was awarded the Order of Australia for services to, in particular judicial education and mental health law, and an honorary doctorate from Southern Cross University. Greg has now returned to practice as a QC which has allowed him to accept a new role with ANZAPPL NSW. He has agreed to become our advocate.

2019 AGM

Dear ANZAPPL NSW Members,

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

The NSW ANZAPPL Committee

2019 Annual General Meeting

The ANZAPPL NSW committee warmly invites you to our 2019 AGM. We are also pleased to announce our inaugural patron, The Hon Greg James AM QC, who will give a welcoming address.

After formalities, please join us for drinks and a chance to connect with colleagues and fellow ANZAPPL members.

Doors open 6pm, with the AGM to commence 6:20pm sharp. Light refreshments are provided and the event will close by 8pm.

Tickets for the event and further information on our speakers can be found here.



Upcoming event! Fact vs. Fiction: Who are White Collar Fraudsters? Wednesday 24 October 2018

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.

Order tickets here.

Upcoming event! Dinner seminar – Is the War on Drugs over?

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.

Event Information

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.


Venue: SMC Conference and Function Centre

66 Goulburn St


Click here for tickets and further information.

For any questions on this event please contact

We look forward to seeing you there!

The ANZAPPL NSW Committee

Upcoming event of interest to members

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
  • neuro-advertising
  • 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.

2018 AGM minutes and new Branch Constitution

Dear ANZAPPL NSW Members,

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 NSW ANZAPPL Committee