Annual General Meeting 2017

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

Please see our Committee Contact List and Minutes from 2017 AGM attached.


Upcoming event! Mental Health, Extremism, and Lone-Actor Grievance-Fuelled Violence, 8-9 March

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.

Upcoming event: Neurotechnologies of justice

Neurotechnologies of justice:
Neuroscience beyond the courtroom
By Professor Nikolas Rose
On Tuesday, March 7, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
At Macquarie University Campus, C8A 310 (Senate Room – near the coffee cart)

This talk explores the actual and potential impacts of developments in neuroscience and neurotechnology in the criminal justice system beyond the courtroom. There has been much discussion about the role of genetics and brain scanning in criminal  trials and their impact on the legal fiction of free will, although evidencethat genetic or brain based defences succeed in exculpation is equivocal. In this talk, I will focus elsewhere, and explore the impact of  claims to be able to ‘read the brain’ in neural lie detection and beyond, the potential uses of novel neurotechnologies for risk assessment, preemptive intervention, and their role in ‘law enforcement’ and ‘crowd control’, and some questions arising from machine learning and artificial intelligence. The  challenges posed by the ‘dual use’ potential of some advances in neuroscience, where technologies intended for civilian purposes also have military and security uses, are particularly significant at a time when the boundaries between the criminal justice and the wider security system are increasingly blurred.

Everyone is welcome and attendance is free but please RSVP to

For more details including a campus map see attached flyer here.

Book launch! Sunday 19th February

David Tait and Jane Goodman-Delahunty

Juries, Science and Popular Culture in the Age of Terror: The Case of the Sydney Bomber

To be launched by Chris Lennard, Greg Battye and Sophia Beckett

Terrorism has become an everyday reality in most contemporary societies. Bombs explode in popular venues, public buildings turn into fortresses and laws are tightened that threaten fundamental rights. In a context of heightened fear can juries be trusted to remain impartial when confronted by defendants charged with terrorism? Do they scrutinize prosecution cases carefully, or does emotion trump reason once the spectre of terrorism is invoked?

This book examines these questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The authors look at the how jurors in terrorism trials are likely to respond to gruesome evidence, including beheading videos. The ‘CSI effect’ is examined as a possible response to forensic evidence, and jurors with different learning preferences are compared. Virtual interactive environments, built like computer games, may be created to provide animated reconstructions of the prosecution or defence case. This book reports on how to create such presentations, culminating in the analysis of a live simulated trial using interactive visual displays followed by jury deliberations.

The team of international, transdisciplinary experts draw conclusions of global legal and political significance, and contribute to the growing scholarship on comparative counter-terrorism law. The book will be of great interest to scholars, students and practitioners of law, criminal justice, forensic science and psychology.

David Tait is Professor of Justice Research at Western Sydney University, Australia, and Adjunct Professor at Telecom Paristech, France. His research focuses on how to make justice environments and processes more humane. His recent work includes Fortress or Sanctuary: Enhancing Court Safety by Managing People, Places and Processes (2014), and reviews of the prejudicial effect of the dock in criminal trials.

Jane Goodman-Delahunty is a Research Professor at Charles Sturt University, Australia, and Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Her recent books include Legal Psychology in Australia (2015), Trends in Legal Advocacy: Interviews with Leading Prosecutors and Defence Lawyers around the Globe (2016) and Juries and Expert Evidence in Criminal Trials (2016). She is also a former President of ANZAPPL NSW.

Please click here for more information and to RSVP.

2017 Annual General Meeting

The ANZAPPL NSW Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st March, 6pm at The Pacific Room, Wesley Conference Centre, Lower Ground floor, 220 Pitt St, Sydney. This will be a great opportunity to hear about our milestones over the last year, and also to discuss new directions for 2017.

We are delighted to welcome Judge Peter Johnstone, the President of the Children’s Court of New South Wales to present our first keynote address of 2017. Judge Johnstone will be discussing the role and structure of the Children’s Court, the use of expert clinical evidence, particularly in Care cases, and the emerging importance of advances in the understanding of brain development in dealing with issues in the Children’s Court, particularly in the area of youth crime. The keynote address will commence at 6:45pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free for ANZAPPL members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for student non-members.

The following AGM documents are available below:

Click here to book your tickets.

Upcoming events: When Is A Father Not A Father?

The Australian Psychological Society Dispute Resolution and Psychology Interest Group is hosting a presentation by Dr Emily Kwok and David Meredith from Meredith Lawyers on the issues that arise from the disclosure of Misattributed Paternity during Parental Separation and Family Disputes. This is an area that has been brought into focus since the enactment of Paternity Disestablishment Legislation which may relieve fathers from future financial obligation. This will be of special interest for those people who work with Alternate Dispute Resolution, Family Law  (Care Arrangements and Parenting Plans) as well as Family Therapists and Couple Counsellors.

This event will be held in  Sydney on 2nd March,  2017, from 6pm to 8pm. The evening begins with registration at 6pm and will include a two course meal. Please see the attached flyer with more information about location and venue.

Please follow the link below for bookings and further information:

$55.00 for APS Members, Non-APS members are also very welcome at $75.00.

Non members will need to register a temporary account at the website and follow the instructions.  They will receive a confirmation of their booking.

Upcoming event! Sex in the City: Intrigue and Indulgence Among the Professions

This interactive forum will explore the ethical and moral boundaries of the different professions of psychology, psychiatry and law. A range of issues will be covered including:

  • Relationships with clients
  • Reporting of professionals- who, what, where, when?

Outcomes for the session:

  • Understanding key differences between the professions
  • Knowing when I need to act
  • Understanding what are my ethical responsibilities and rights

Panelists include:

Joanne Muller, Lawyer, Legal Advisor to the Australian National Psychology Council, former Lawyer chair of the Psychology Tribunal of NSW as we as several other professional tribunals including nursing.

Dr Murray Wright, Chief Psychiatrist at NSW Health, Fellow of RANZCP, Psychiatry State Training Committee.

Samantha Gulliver, Senior Legal Officer of the Legal Services Commission.

Associate Professor Amanda Gordon, Clinical and Health Psychologist, Honorary Fellow APS, Director of Armchair Psychology, Sydney, Peer Reviewer NSW Health Care Complaints Commission.

Ian Thurgood , Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).

Date: Saturday 28 May 2016, 10am-1pm
Venue: The Vibe Hotel, 11 Goulburn Street, Sydney


Current ANZAPPL Members: $30
Student ANZAPPL Members: $20
Non ANZAPPL Members (including students): $45

Morning Tea included

Ticket sales close: Monday 23rd May 2016 unless sold out prior
More information and online tickets available at:

2016 Annual General Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2016 AGM last week. We also extend our thanks to Dr Eman Sharobeem for her wonderful presentation.

The minutes from the AGM can be found here.

Our 2016 NSW Branch Committee are:

President: Amanda White

Vice President: Katherine Johnson

Treasurer: Natalie Martschuk

Secretary: Thea Gumbert-Jourjon

General Members: Wayne Morrison, Christian Cabrera, Anthony Nicholas, Tolulope Fajumi, Sachin Rai, Helen Fearnley, Alexandra Lonergan.

Please find Committee member contact details here.

We are looking forward to a great 2016 and already have some events in the pipeline. Please stay tuned for further information.

2016 AGM, Wednesday 2nd March

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of ANZAPPL’s NSW Branch will take place at 5:45pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016, at the Law Society, Level 3, 170 Phillip St, Sydney.

Following the AGM, ANZAPPL and the Australian Dispute Resolution Association (ADRA) are also delighted to welcome our distinguished speaker, Dr Eman Sharobeem at 6:30pm, who will discuss her work and the cross-section of issues these women face including family relationships, domestic violence and health. Dr Sharobeem’s extensive knowledge and work in this field has helped create a global paradigm shift on women’s policies and programs. She is a member of the NSW Domestic & Family Violence Council and a Statutory Member of the Antidiscrimination board.

The following AGM documents are available below:



AGM outcome

Thanks to all those who attended the ANZAPPL NSW AGM and seminar last night.  For those who could not attend, you missed out on an excellent presentation by the NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley.  ANZAPPL NSW has decided to take up the challenge laid down by John and will be taking action to champion the NSW Mental Health Strategic Plan.  More information will be made available on how you can help in the coming months.

If you would like more information on the NSW Mental Health Strategic Plan, please visit the commission’s website:

The minutes for the AGM are attached here.

The Committee for 2015-2016 are:
President: Amanda White
Vice-President: Matt Frize & Katherine Johnson
Treasurer: Natalie Martschuk
Secretary: Thea Gumbert-Jourjon
General members: Wayne Morrison, Mark Robinson, Christian Cabrera.

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