VicFFP/ANZAPPL Conference:Rethinking Criminal Responsibility

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist - Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry (Victoria) and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (Victoria) (ANZAPPL) are pleased to present a one day conference on Rethinking criminal responsibility: emerging perspectives in mental health. 

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, in person registration for this event is currently closed.

A decision about holding the conference in person will be made shortly. If you have already registered to attend in person we will be in contact by email. If in person attendance is cancelled, you can choose between a full refund or a part refund and attend online.

Online registration for this event is still open.

Event information

The Victorian Subcommittee of the RANZCP Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry along with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (Victoria) invite you to a one-day conference:

Rethinking Criminal Responsibility: emerging perspectives in mental health.

A full-day live and online event featuring a range of local, national and international experts in the law and mental health.


Saturday 7th August 2021


8.30am Registration opens
9am–4.30pm Conference sessions (Online or in person)
4.30–6.30pm networking function with canapés and drinks (in person)


Online: Zoom webinar
In Person: Brighton Beach Hotel, 4 The Esplanade, Brighton VIC 3186


Online: $50
In Person: $75 (RANZCP Trainees, ANZAPPL Members); $150 (others)


  • 'A view from the Bench' - The Hon. Justice Chris Maxwell AC
  • 'Should judges refuse to mitigate a sentence where the offender stopped their psychiatric treatment?' - Jamie Walvisch
  • 'Old enough to offend but not buy a hamster ? : age and criminal responsibility' - Yolisha Singh
  • 'Making addicts: Critical reflections from lawyers and judges on cases involving alcohol and other drugs' - Kate Seear
  • 'Remorse Won't Go Away (from Criminal Justice): Problems and Solutions in Dealing with Remorse' - Michael Proeve
  • 'Should we stop worrying about denial ?' - Nick Blagden

Also featuring Panel Discussions and Debate on: 'This house believes that we should abolish the defence of mental impairment'

The conference includes morning tea and lunch and will conclude with social networking function with canapés and drinks from 4.30–6.30pm.

Note for Non RANZCP Members when registering for this event

Registration for the conference is via the RANZCP website and requires you to set up, or already have, an account. Anyone can set up an account for free. You don’t have to be affiliated to the RANZCP or a fellow to set up an account. You just need an email address. It’s just so the system can log your details. ANZAPPL members - please note that your ANZAPPL login won’t work for this as registration is through the RANZCP rather than ANZAPPL website. 

Cancellation policy

Delegate cancellation - Change of mind

Change of mind cancellations must be made in writing and sent to We understand the impact COVID-19 may have on travel, therefore no administration fees will be charged for cancellations made prior to Friday 9 July 2021.

Cancellation requests made between Friday 9 July and Thursday 23 July 2021 will receive a full refund minus an administration fee of $25. Any cancellations made after this date will be considered on a case by case basis.

Delegate cancellation - Medical

The health and safety of conference attendees is our highest priority. The RANZCP is mindful of the health risks posed by COVID-19, and the importance of following official medical advice with respect to social distancing, practicing good hygiene and staying at home when unwell. The RANZCP requests that any delegate who is feeling unwell or has cold or flu like symptoms, or who may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, not attend the conference.

If, on medical grounds, you are unable to attend the conference, you must cancel your attendance in writing by email to A full refund will be provided, however you may be asked to provide additional details.

Conference cancellation

The RANZCP is monitoring the latest health advice from both the Department of Health (Australia) and the Victorian Government and we ask that all delegates do the same. If we are required to make any changes or cancellations to our conference due to Government restrictions in relation to COVID-19, delegates will be notified by email and will be provided a full refund of their registration fee or offered online registration and a refund of the price difference.

Contact tracing policy

By registering for this event the RANZCP reserves the right to provide your contact details to authorities for the purposes of contact tracing and any relevant Government requirements.


Conveniently located next to Brighton Beach Train Station and also ample onsite parking available.

For Online Attendees a zoom webinar link will be sent the week of and the day before the conference.


For information please contact:


07 Aug 2021


Brighton Beach Hotel
4 The Esplanade, Brighton VIC 3186
Brighton, VIC 3186