Section of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry 2021 Virtual Conference

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Section of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry is delighted to present their 2021 conference, exploring the theme ‘Arrested development: who are we locking up?’.

19–20 March 2021


The conference program will focus on the theme ‘Arrested development: who are we locking up?’ and will cover a number of areas of interest, including child psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and the law.


Dr Marshall Watson   

Dr Marshall Watson is a Noongar man, descendant of the Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar people. He is a child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist. He is the clinical lead of SA Forensic Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health Service. 

Marshall’s professional interests are driven by how one continually develops the interface between clinical and cultural practice. In particular, how cultural knowledge and practices can be incorporated into clinical practice (and vice versa) to enhance a young person’s capacity, improve social and emotional well-being and reduce risk of reoffending. More recently his interests are looking at the use of curtail factors in forensic risk assessment and mitigation.   



The Honourable Judge Peter Johnstone

Peter Johnstone has been serving as the president of the Children’s Court of New South Wales since 2012. Prior to becoming a judge, Peter was a senior partner at the law firm, Ashurst (then known as Blake Dawson Waldron), where he worked for 35 years, commencing as an articled clerk in 1971, until he was appointed as a District Court judge.

The Children’s Court has jurisdiction in respect of youth crime (crimes committed by children aged from 10 to 17) and child protection (in respect of children at risk of significant harm from parental abuse or neglect). The court is comprised of the president and 16 specialist children’s magistrates located around NSW. As president of the Children’s Court, Peter sits regularly in both of the court’s jurisdictions, and on circuit. He confers regularly with government, community groups and social agencies concerned with the safety, welfare and well-being of children, including communities and justice, youth justice, justice health, police, the advocate for children and young people, the children’s guardian, and the Children’s Court Clinic.


His Honour Judge John Walker

His Honour Judge John Walker was appointed to the role of Principal Youth Court Judge (Kaiwhakawā Matua o te Kōti Taiohi) for New Zealand in 2016. Judge Walker has been instrumental in the development of court assisted interventions for alcohol and other drug dependency, including the establishment of the Youth Drug Court in Christchurch and the Adult Drug Courts in Auckland. During his time as resident judge for the Porirua District Court, Judge Walker encouraged better engagement between the court and the community, mainstreaming the community justice centre model and developing a solution focused judging approach. In recent years, Judge Walker has led the development of District Court responses to family violence. A focus for Judge Walker is the implementation of Young Adult List pilot, a court for 18-25year-olds taking youth court approaches into the adult court in Porirua. Judge Walker is engaged in the education of judges through the Institute of Judicial Studies, including the use of the court processes to engage offenders in programmes addressing the underlying causes of offending, family violence, and judicial leadership.



Abstracts are invited for the RANZCP Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2021 Conference ‘Arrested development: who are we locking up?’

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Organising Committee, you must also intend to register for the conference.

Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your submission is submitted correctly.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 18 December 2020. 

Presentation type

All abstracts will be considered for an oral presentation. An oral presentation is a 30 minute presentation, including time for questions, which highlight research finding, clinical case experience, or other topic of interest to the conference theme.  

How to submit your abstract  

Abstract submission is a two-step process:

Step 1

Download the abstract template, save it to your desktop and complete it.

  • Use the template to present your abstract in the required format. Abstracts not submitted using this template will be returned for correction.
  • Abstract text must be in Arial, 12pt size, single-spaced and left aligned.
  • Your abstract text should be no more than 250 words, including references.
  • Use standard abbreviations only. Within the body of the abstract, when using abbreviations spell out the name in full at the first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parentheses. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.
  • Your abstract should clearly and where applicable concisely outline the background, aims/objectives, methods, findings and conclusions.
  • Delete all text in red once you have completed this template.

Step 2

Email your abstract document to

Please note:

  • All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned to the author and must be re-submitted immediately in the correct format to be considered for inclusion in the program.
  • Abstract submissions will close at 5 pm AEST on Friday 18 December 2020
  • Authors are reminded to ensure client confidentiality is maintained in all material submitted.

If you have any questions, please email

If you require special permissions or authorisations with regards to your abstract, they must be received prior to submission. Changes after abstract submission only be made in exceptional circumstances. If critical changes need to be made to your abstract content after it has been submitted, please request those changes by email to

Abstract speaker registration

The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants.

All presenters must register for the conference in order for the presentation to be included in the program.

Event details

The Adler Nurcombe Trainee Prize 

In order to encourage achievements and excellence in child and adolescent forensic psychiatry, the Section supports the following award:

This $500 annual prize is awarded to an Advanced Trainee in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and/or Forensic Psychiatry for the most outstanding paper or poster presented at the annual scientific meeting of the Section of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry.