Expertise:

Fitness to plea
Mitigation
Mental Illness Defence

Child Forensic Psychiatry
Psychometric Testing

Mental Health Diversion
(Section 32/Section 21a)

Fitness to instruct counsel
Competency
Probate
Negligence

Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Visas/Immigration

Fitness for Work
Workers Compensation
Motor Accident Authority

Income Protection
Total and Permanent Disablement

File Review

About Medicolegal Psychiatry

Medicolegal Psychiatry, also known as Forensic Psychiatry, is a sub-specialty of psychiatry. A Psychiatrist is a specialist medical doctor who has completed advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. A Forensic Psychiatrist has additional specialised training and experience in the interface between psychiatry and the law.

Sometimes there is value in referring a client for psychometric assessment. This form of assessment is undertaken by a Forensic Psychologist with specific training and expertise. Psychometric assessment may be useful to gain further diagnostic clarity and exclude malingering.

Forensic Psychiatrists and Forensic Psychologists are often called to be Expert Witnesses in both criminal and civil proceedings. The primary duty of the Expert Witness is to provide an independent opinion to the Court. In Australia, Expert Witnesses are bound by Expert Witness Codes of Conduct. Some Forensic Psychiatrists and Forensic Psychologists also have a clinical practice, assessing and treating mentally ill patients. This ensures that their Medicolegal opinions are based on the most up to date clinical knowledge and experience.