Complexities in the management of sex offenders in the community workshop

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]

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

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


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”


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]
View Powerpoint of Heather Douglas [PDF]
View Powerpoint of Janet Hammill [PDF]
View Powerpoint of Vinesh Gupta [PDF]
View Powerpoint of Paul White [PDF]
View Powerpoint of Alan White [PDF]

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.


Workshop: Fitness for Trial in the Magistrates Court

July 18, 2017  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Legal Aid Queensland
44 Herschel St
Brisbane, Queensland

The Mental Health Act 2016 (Queensland) commenced in March 2017. The Act allows Magistrates to resolve a significant proportion of matters previously referred to the Mental Health Court. The Act thus places greater responsibility on lawyers appearing before Magistrates. In this workshop, registrants may participate in:

  • Panel discussion about Magistrates’ powers to determine fitness for trial
  • Panel discussion about Court Liaison Officers and their reports
  • Panel discussion about the clinical and legal issues relevant to fitness for trial
  • Moot in which a barrister cross-examines a psychiatrist acting in the role of a Court Liaison Officer who has prepared a court report on fitness for trial

Joseph Briggs, Counsel, LAQ
Dr Jane Phillips, psychiatrist, Court Liaison Service, Queensland Health
Dr Velimir Kovacevic, psychiatrist, Court Liaison Service, Queensland Health
Dr Russ Scott, psychiatrist, Prison Mental Health Service, Queensland Health

Symposium: Mental health, extremism and lone-actor grievance-fuelled violence

April 8-9, 2017
Rydges Southbank Hotel
9 Glenelg Street
South Brisbane

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.


Current national security environment
Insp Roger Lowe
Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism & Major Events Command
Queensland Police Service

Man Haron Monis – Radicalised domestic terrorist?
Dr Russ Scott
Forensic Psychiatrist
Queensland Health

Pathways to radicalisation and domestic terrorism in Australia
Prof Mark Kebbell
School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University
Australian Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security

The fixated loner
Adjunct Prof Michele Pathé
Forensic Psychiatrist
Queensland Police Service

Lone-actor grievance-fuelled violence
Adjunct Prof Michele Pathé

Inter-agency information-sharing in the current climate
Dr Andrew Aboud
Forensic Psychiatrist
Director, Prison Mental Health Service
Queensland Health

Preventive collaborative models for managing lone actors
Adjunct Prof Michele Pathé

Countering violent extremism
Insp Peter Aitken
Living Safe Together Intervention Program
Queensland Police Service

Domestic terrorism – Sovereign citizens
Adjunct Prof Michele Pathé

Narcissistic personality disorder, homicidality and risk identification
Dr Ian Freckelton QC, Victoria
Counsel for NSW Police, Lindt Café Inquest

Dinner: Charismatic authority, coercive persuasion and the cult of personality: New religious movements and their dangers.
Dr Ian Freckelton QC, Victoria

View programme [PDF]

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:

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


Trial Preparation

I recently had the chance to spend a day with Jeffery Frederick, PhD, a trial consultant from the USA. We recorded a short conversation about selecting jurors and trial preparation for my class: