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

2018 Annual General Meeting

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:

We are also excited to announce an update to our NSW Branch Constitution. The current and updated rules are available below:

Upcoming ANZAPPL NSW Event: A View From The Other Side

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.


Order tickets here.

Call for abstracts


14-15 September 2017

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
  • Neurolaw

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.

Abstracts will be  reviewed by conference organising committee and selected abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be notified by July 14.

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.

Conference organisers:

  • 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)

Upcoming ANZAPPL NSW half-day seminar: Women in the Criminal Justice System

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.

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.