End of year meeting: Australia’s flawed approach to dealing with social dysfunction and crime

End of year meeting

Australia’s flawed approach to dealing with social dysfunction and crime: there is a better way

Keith Hamburger AM
Managing Director, Knowledge Consulting Pty Ltd. Former Director General, Queensland Corrective Services Commission

Date: Saturday 15 December 2018
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Novotel Brisbane South Bank
38 Cordelia Street, Brisbane

Cost: $80 ANZAPPL Members
$95 Non-members
Click here to register

Pre-dinner drinks from 6.00pm
Two course dinner (including 4 hour drinks package)

Social dysfunction and crime are largely driven by poverty, family dysfunction and domestic violence, substance abuse, child neglect and abuse and mental illness. First Nation and lower socio-economic communities are more frequently impacted by the above.

Sadly, our responses to these challenges are not holistic and do not empower individuals and communities to identify and implement solutions. Our responses are often not restorative and disproportionate funding is devoted to policing and incarceration, ignoring best international practice in reducing crime and incarceration.

As a result, First Nation and lower socio-economic communities endure increased crime and increasing prisoner numbers as they are trapped in a cycle of dysfunction.

There are better ways to reduce crime, make communities safer and generate employment in First Nation and lower socio-economic communities.

Seminar: The Queensland Parole Board

Queensland Parole Board

Date: Friday 7 December 2018
Time: 12.00 – 4.00pm
Venue: Training Room 5/6
Queensland Corrective Services Academy
260 Wacol Station Road, Wacol

Cost: $20 includes lunch and afternoon tea. Please pay in cash on the day.

To register, please email Dr Russ Scott. Secretary, ANZAPPL (Queensland). Russ.Scott@health.qld.gov.au


12.00 – 12.30 pm
Registration, lunch

12.45 – 1.00 pm
Welcome, Introduction
Michael Byrne QC. President, Queensland Parole Board

1.00 – 1.30 pm
Parole – then, now, soon
Peter Shields. Deputy President, Queensland Parole Board

On 3 July 2017, the Queensland Government established the Parole Board Queensland (the Board) in response to recommendations made by the Queensland Parole System Review conducted by Mr Walter Sofronoff QC. The Board operates as an independent statutory authority to ensure that transparent evidence-based parole decisions are made which are objective and not dependent upon the authorities responsible for the case management and supervision of prisoners. As an independent statutory authority, the Board has the power to grant parole orders and amend, suspend or cancel a court ordered parole order or a board ordered parole order. Parole is not a privilege or entitlement, it is a method developed to prevent re-offending. When making parole decisions, the Board’s highest priority will always be the safety of the community.

1.30 – 2.00 pm
Taking account of mental illness in Parole Board decisions
Beverley Russell. Professional Board Member (Health), Queensland Parole Board

As recommended by the Sofronoff Review, a number of full-time professional board members with legal or clinical qualifications were appointed to the Parole Board Queensland. The purpose of the fulltime members is to improve the quality of decision-making, bring greater consistency to decisions and increase the ability of the Board to decide matters in a timely manner. In particular, the “health” member is required to provide expertise in relation to health and mental health-related matters. The role includes establishing and maintaining relationships between the Parole Board Queensland and the health system to improve communication and collaboration with the goal of ensuring the best possible outcome for the person applying for parole whilst prioritising public safety.

2.00 – 2.30 pm
Custodial operations – male and female custody
Tamara Bambrick. General Manager, Custodial Operations, Queensland Corrective Services

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) provides for the incarceration of just under 9000 prisoners – male and female – across our state and within nine secure custody centres for men, three secure custody centres for women, and seven low custody sites. The current rise in prisoner numbers has resulted in an unenviable position for QCS and has placed great pressure on a system that is expected to protect the community by reducing re-offending upon a person’s release. Whilst QCS does not have a strategy to address the overcrowding from an infrastructure perspective, this session will discuss some of the methods and future opportunities that QCS will employ and embark upon to look to change within these circumstances.

2.30 – 3.00 pm
Afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.30 pm
Probation and Parole – moving forward
Sarah Hyde. General Manager, Probation and Parole Services, Queensland Corrective Services

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) is responsible for the management of over 20,500 prisoners subject to either imprisonment (parole) or community based orders including probation, community service and intensive corrections order. Probation and Parole supervises offenders across seven regions, 34 district offices, 11 permanently staffed reporting centres and more than 100 reporting centres. Over the last six years, there has been a 40% increase in offenders under supervision in the community. Whilst this growth has presented enormous challenges to the service delivery model of Probation and Parole, it has also presented an opportunity to explore improved ways of reducing recidivism to ensure a safer community. This session will highlight some of these opportunities and initiatives.

3.30 – 4.00 pm
The Queensland Prison Mental Health Service
Tamara Smith. Senior Clinical Co-ordinator, Prison Mental Health Service, Queensland Health

With over 750 open patients, the Prison Mental Health Service (PMHS) provides in-reach service of psychological intervention, duel diagnosis, indigenous mental health and transitional support with co-ordination of specialised treatment for mental illness to nine prisons in S-E Queensland. The state-wide computerised records (CIMHA) are accessible online to all mental health personnel including PMHS clinicians in correctional centres. By the “classified patient” provisions of the Mental Health Act (2016) Qld, remandees and sentenced prisoners who develop serious mental illness which cannot be optimally managed in custody, can be transferred to area mental health services for treatment. The PMHS also co-ordinates the care and treatment of mentally ill persons transitioning from custody to the community. With the patient’s authorisation, PMHS clinicians can provide a report to the Parole Board which outlines the proposed follow-up plan.

Complexities in the management of sex offenders in the community workshop

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View Dr Gavan Palk’s Powerpoint introduction from this workshop [PDF]

View Dr Michael Rowlands’ Powerpoint presentation from this workshop [PDF]

View Dr Russ Scott’s Powerpoint presentation from this workshop [PDF]

View Dr Danielle Harris’ Powerpoint presentation from this workshop [PDF]


*Trigger Warning* 

This event contained information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.
Support is available on campus or through 1800RESPECT.

Griffith Criminology Institute
Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

Complexities in the management of sex offenders in the community workshop

Date: Monday 29 October 2018
Time: lunch served at noon, 1.00 pm formal program commences
Venue: Ship Inn Function Centre

Presentations included:

Conceptualising ‘unacceptable risk’ of serious sex offending

Dr Michael Rowlands, Forensic Psychologist, Monash University

There is very limited research on the re-offending rates of sex offenders classified as ‘dangerous’ by Queensland Supreme Courts. The extant research suggests that whilst those considered ‘high-risk’ were more likely to re-offend with general offences, their overall level of sexual recidivism is actually ‘low.’ Current research has highlighted that conceptualising ‘dangerousness’ is complex and fraught with ethical and legal concerns, such as limited addressing of protective factors, ‘double punishment’ and violation of the principle of ‘proportionality.’  Clinicians making risk assessments consider overall risk by incorporating historical and dynamic risk factors and actuarial scale scores but may give less attention to protective factors and clinical and systemic management processes.

View Dr Michael Rowlands’ Powerpoint presentation from this workshop [PDF]

GPS tracking of sex offenders – Poor public policy and poor financial facility

Dr Russ Scott, Forensic Psychiatrist, Prison Mental Health Service, Queensland Health

The age of mass incarceration has seen a paradigm shift from “rehabilitation” to “punishment” and a decline in rehabilitation programs for offenders. The movement toward “containment and punishment” has become a ‘push factor’ for supervision and control strategies including the proliferation of electronic monitoring (EM) by global positioning system (GPS) tracking. Although the cost-effectiveness of EM programs relative to incarceration and other community-based programs has been promoted, there is no clear consensus that EM programs reduce re-offending or enhance public safety. Instead of being used as an alternative to incarceration, EM has simply become another sentencing option, facilitating “sanction-stacking” and “net widening.”

View Dr Russ Scott’s Powerpoint presentation here [PDF]

Desistence from sexual offending: how sex offenders stop offending.

Dr Danielle Harris, Lecturer in Criminology, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University

Unlike much of the research on this topic, Dr Harris places strong emphasis on how men who have committed serious sexual offenses come to stop offending and end their ‘criminal career’. She will present her findings from 70 interviews with convicted sex offenders in the US and her work with more than 200 men in three countries (US, UK, Australia), as well as 20 years of experience working with men in Australia and England, and a long time collaborating with people from all over the world.

View Dr Danielle Harris’ Powerpoint presentation from this workshop [PDF]

Punishment and preventive detention under the Dangerous Prisoner (Sexual Offender) Act (Qld) – Legal Issues

Tim Ryan, Barrister, Brisbane, Queensland

The Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 (Qld) was the first legislation in Australia to impose post-sentence detention in prison and continuing supervision of sex offenders. In 2007, Queensland was the first Australian jurisdiction to impose tracking devices on sex offenders who were subject to court-ordered supervision in the community.

Hypothetical responses to some hypothetical cases

Discussion Panel

Contact: Carrie Zhang
E: carrie.zhang@griffith.edu.au
P: 07 3735 1776

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of ANZAPPL (Queensland  Branch) will take place from 7:00 pm on Friday 25th May 2018 at the Rooftop Banquet  Room, Rydges South Bank Hotel, Southbank, Brisbane.

To register for the AGM and dinner meeting, ANZAPPL members $55 (includes pre-dinner canapés, 3 hour beverage package and two course meal) go to the YRD website.


  1. Circulate attendance list for signing
  2. Welcome by ANZAPPL Queensland Branch President
  3. Apologies
  4. Confirmation of minutes for the 2017 AGM
  5. President’s report
  6. Treasurer’s report
  7. Election of officers

           7.1. At the commencement of the AGM, the positions of President, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President and committee members will become vacant.

Nominations for all positions can be submitted to the President by e-mail: () up to close of business on Thursday 24 May 2018.

Nominations can also be made from the floor after the commencement of the AGM.

After the AGM, the dinner meeting will feature guest speaker:

Dr Mark Daglish

Director of Addiction Psychiatry, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital

Staff specialist psychiatrist, Biala opioid replacement clinic, Roma Street, Brisbane city

“The psychiatrist as accidental drug dealer”

More information (PDF)


Signed:  Russ Scott


ANZAPPL (Queensland Branch)

20 April 2018

Dinner Meeting: the Psychiatrist as Accidental Drug Dealer

Speaker: Dr Mark Daglish

Director of Addiction Psychiatry, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Staff specialist psychiatrist, Biala opioid replacement clinic, Brisbane

The rise of prescription opioid dependence has attracted considerable public debate and the abuse of particularly “OxyContin” in the United States and Australia has raised concerns. Although the recent re-scheduling of codeine in Australia has attracted discussion, less attention has been given to the other prescribed drugs of dependence or misuse. There is also gathering data on the harms from illicit and non-medicinal use of psychotropic medications. The non-evidence-based, “off label” prescribing of medications in correctional centres accrues further risks around diversion and “onselling” of medication inside prisons.

Dr Daglish’s presentation will focus on the emerging patterns of non-medicinal use of psychotropic medications from the older benzodiazepines to the newer antipsychotics and gabapentinoids. Dr Daglish will also consider the role of the psychiatrist in the supply of these medications to those with dependence and will consider both iatrogenic dependence and harm reduction.

View Dr Mark Daglish’s Powerpoint presentation from this workshop [PDF]


When: Friday May 25, pre-dinner drinks from 6.00PM

Where: Rydges South Bank Hotel, Brisbane

Further information: ANZAPPL Dinner meeting (PDF)

Bookings: Currinda website

Symposium – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Prevalence, features and assessment

Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) (Queensland branch) and Queensland chapter, APS College of Forensic Psychologists in association with Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disabilities Services present a symposium on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Prevalence, features and assessment.

When: Friday October 13th, 12.00PM – 6.00PM

Where: Rydges South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland. Map.

Full program guide (Pdf)

Register to attend at the event page.

In 1973, the term Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was first used to describe the characteristic facial anomalies and poor prenatal and/or postnatal growth and subsequent developmental and learning problems exhibited by children of mothers who had used alcohol during their pregnancy.

After it was recognised that alcohol exposure in utero may result in a constellation of neuro-developmental problems in the absence of facial and other physical features, the term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) was introduced in 2003. Subsequently, a number of different diagnostic algorithms have been postulated to facilitate the diagnosis.

There is a disproportionate prevalence of FASD within youth justice systems. Youths with FASD in Canada have been found to be 19 times more likely to be incarcerated than youths without FASD. In 2015, the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network of Canada published diagnostic guidelines. In 2016, the Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder was promulgated.

Emphasising that alcohol is teratogenic and that no level of maternal consumption is ‘safe’ for the developing foetus, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia currently advises that the safest option for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy is to avoid alcohol.

The diagnosis of FASD is crucial to improving outcomes for those affected and to inform pre-pregnancy counselling. Across various jurisdictions in the world, there is considerable impetus towards identifying individuals with FASD.

Symposium Committee: Russ Scott Tamara Smith Vinesh Gupta Scott Harden


Indecent Images

Earlier this year, Professor Mark Kebbell gave a talk for the Queensland Branch of ANZAPPL, co-hosted by the Griffith Criminology Institute, on the risk posed by people who access indecent images. You can view a recording of the talk at the following link:


YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuZhAKedG_4

Predicting Risk

Dr Jon Mason spoke with Associate Barbara Masser about predicting the risk of re-offending. This interview is part of the University of Queensland course PSYC2361: The Psychology of Criminal Justice.

Jon Mason

Link: https://youtu.be/RGETgnvvIp0