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Event Details - Law for Mental Health Practitioners NSW - visit

Title: Law for Mental Health Practitioners NSW - visit
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

To help mental health practitioners navigate pressing patient, professional and stafff issues and navigate key legal exposure.

Now includes an optional pre-conference workshop on Report Writing & Court Appearances

To view a detailed program or register - click here: Law for Mental Health Practitioners NSW or call LawSense on (02) 8034 6471

Course / Workshop Outline:

LawSense Law for Mental Health Practitioners is a practical event to be held on 15 February 2019, with the optional pre-conference workshop the afternoon before, on 14 February 2019. LawSense Law for Mental Health Practitioners will help you navigate legal exposure, complaints, courts and patient issues and help you deal with challenging grey areas

The program features guidance from expert barristers, solicitors and senior mental health professionalsView Program

LawSense Law for Mental Health Practitioners will be held at the Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney. Topics include:

15 February 2019 - Conference - Navigating Key Legal Issues & Risks

  • Confidentiality, Privacy, Sharing and Storing Information: Understanding and Balancing Your Obligations
  • Exploring Best Practice Note-Taking and Record-Keeping
  • Responding to Information Requests, Subpoenas and Preparing for Court Appearances
  • Responding to Complaints: Dealing with Social Media, Investigations, Disciplinary Proceedings and Court Action
  • Family Law: Effectively Navigating Family Law Issues Involving Clients
  • Supervision and Management of Professional Contract Staff: Understanding Rights, Obligations and Access to Files and Records

14 February 2019 - Pre-Conference Afternoon Workshop - Report Writing and Court Appearances

  • Examining Key Aspects, a Practitioner Should Consider in Writing an Effective and Defensible Report
  • Clarifying Confidentiality, Privacy and Privilege in Providing Reports: What are the Limits of Disclosure and When Are Drafts, Reports and Communications Protected in Court Proceedings?
  • Understanding Court Processes and Expectations: Producing Files or Documents and What the Court Expects of Witnesses
  • Responding to Reports from Opposing Practitioners – How Does the Court Navigate Contradictory Opinions?
  • Exploring How Reports Have Been Opposed or Discredited in Court Proceedings and Dealing with Cross Examination


OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:
Start/End Date: 14/02/2019 to 15/02/2019
Time: 13:00:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: LawSense, with speakers including legal experts & health facilities
Contact Name: Jacqui Kouper
Contact Phone: (02) 8034 6471
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Legal Qualifications, extensive experience in mental health law

Speakers and panelists include:

Expert Solicitors & Barristers

  • Mark Anderson, Barrister-at-law, Frederick Jordan Chambers
  • Angela Petrie, Barrister-at-law, Culwulla Chambers
  • Angela Wood, Partner, Maddocks Lawyers; Non-practicing Psychologist
  • Janine McIlwraith, Principal Lawyer, Slater + Gordon Lawyers
  • Louise Cantrill, Partner, Mills Oakley Lawyers
  • Nevena Brown, Partner, Meridian Lawyers
  • Jacqueline Vincent, Managing Director, Watts McCray Lawyers
  • James Mattson, Partner, Bartier Perry 


  • Mike M GatsiService DirectorEastern Suburbs Mental Health Service, South Eastern Local Health District
  • Dr Vida Bliokas, Associate Professor, University of Wollongong; President, Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • Dr Gary Banks, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director, Sydney Counselling CentreAuthorised Clinician, NSW Children's Court; Family Report Writer, Family Court of Australia, Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Provider
Address: Aerial UTS Function Centre
Address 2: Building 10, 235 Jones St
Suburb: Ultimo
State: NSW
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): Conference: $595 (Early Bird), $695 (Standard). WS: $440 (Early Bird) $495 (Standard). Discounts for 2 day attendance
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Prices are inclusive of GST

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