The Australasian College of Legal Medicine presents

2024 Annual Scientific Meeting & Awards Dinner

‘In my opinion’

Expert evidence and the law

7 & 8 September 2024  |  QT Queenstown, New Zealand & Online

Preceded by an Expert Report Writing course on 6 September

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Those who wish to attend both the ASM and the Expert Report Writing course may select this option below during the booking process below. 


Guest speakers:

The Honourable Justice David Collins KC - Judge of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand Dying to Get Out: Ethical issues of voluntary assisted dying in prisons (Maurice Wallin Address)

Professor Stephen Cordner - Emeritus Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University - Wrongful Convictions in Australia: Addressing issues in the criminal justice system

Dr Jack Snyder - Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine - The Role of Experts in Toxic Tort Litigation

All speakers - Main theme:

Ngaire Watson - Barrister, Sydney Bar | Linda Crawford - Senior Associate, Catherine Henry Lawyers - What Makes a Good Expert?

Professor Erwin Loh - President Elect RACMA; National Director of Medical Services, Calvary Health Care - The Medicolegal Implications of Medical Board of Australia v Dr Gruner for Doctors Working in Leadership Roles in the Health System

Dr Dion Suyapto - Occupational Physician - Expert Evidence in Impairment Assessment – Expert opinion or just following the Guidelines?

Bree Knoester - Principal Lawyer and Founder, Brave Legal - Put Your Bathers On and Hop In: From hot-tubbing to AI experts

Professor Albert Lee - Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Governor of Board, World Association for Medical Law; Senior Research Fellow of Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, University of Hong Kong - Expert Evidence is Key Opinion to Court and Tribunal to Uphold Justice and Fairness

Dr Reuben Johnson - Neurosurgeon and Medico Legal Consultant, Wellington Hospital - Measuring Surprise: Is Ordinary Consequence just another form of Zugzwang?

Professor Roy Beran - Consultant Neurologist and Accredited Sleep Physician; ACLM Joint Head of Teaching Faculty - Provision of Expert Evidence in the Adversarial Legal System

Dr Niroshan Sivathasan - Cosmetic Surgeon - Personal Insights from a Supreme Court Trial

All speakers - Open theme:

A/Professor David Ernest - Intensive Care Specialist, Monash Health; Deputy Convenor, Medical Panels Victoria - Using Artificial Intelligence to Facilitate Information Provision and Participant Comprehension May Enhance Informed Consent in Human Research

Professor Mike O’Connor AM - Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Western Sydney; Chair, Patient Care and Clinical Review, St George Private Hospital | Professor Cameron Stewart (Remote) - Professor of Health, Law and Ethics - Psychological Testing of Applicants for Medical School

Dr James Allen - Founder of Orbona Foundation - Evidence, Unconscious Bias and Queer People

Dr Richard Arnold - Doctor (Geriatrics and Pain Trainee) - Medical Cannabis: Where does the law and clinical practice currently stand?

Dr Natasha Laukens - Psychiatrist - Informed Consent and Euthanasia: medical and legal challenges

Professor Mike O’Connor AM - Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Western Sydney; Chair, Patient Care and Clinical Review, St George Private Hospital | Dr Christopher Rudge (Remote) - Lecturer, Sydney Law School - Crossing the Rubicon: Sexual boundary violations by physicians - consequences and regulatory strategies

Dr Melissa Luig - Senior Staff Specialist and the Head of Neonatology at Westmead Hospital - Navigating the New Extreme in Borderline Viability – Ethical and legal issues


QT Queenstown - 30 Brunswick Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
ASM & Expert Report Writing Course - Rees Room
Annual Awards Dinner - Queenstown Room

Plus online attendance is available for the ASM!

For more information on the venue, visit

Important Note on Accommodation
A group accommodation block at the QT and/or Rydges Queenstown has been secured for this event and is available to book until 4th May or until sold out, whichever occurs first. Details will be sent to you as soon as payment is received for your ticket. This accommodation is subject to availability and ACLM makes no guarantee of availability or suitability at the time of your registration.


6 September - Expert Report Writing course - face-to-face in Queenstown

7 September - Annual Scientific Meeting (Full day) - hybrid format

7 September - Awards Dinner - face-to-face only

8 September - Annual Scientific Meeting Day 2 (Breakfast session) - hybrid format

Attendance Options and Cost

All prices are in AUD and include GST unless otherwise specified.

ACLM member pricing applies to Australasian College of Legal Medicine members, and members of our 2024 ASM official supporting organisations: the American College of Legal Medicine & the Wellington Medico Legal Society.

Ticket Type

ACLM members


Live ASM Conference & Dinner Ticket


 - Saturday Conference (full day session)

 - Saturday Awards Dinner (3 course dinner with beverages)
 - Sunday Conference (breakfast session 9.00-10.30am)

 - Access to virtual attendance if sickness prevents you from attending in person

Optional Extras:

+ $150 per additional dinner ticket (GST free)

- $50 discount for speakers



Virtual ASM Conference Ticket


 - Saturday Conference (full day session) - Zoom stream
 - Sunday Conference (breakfast session 9.00-10.30am) - Zoom stream

 - Participate in audience Q&A time via Zoom chat
 - Access to the Conference recording



Expert Report Writing Course

- 1 day course, in person only (standard course fees)

You may select this add-on option below during the booking process. If you wish to only attend this course, you may book separately on this page.



Official supporting organisations

Members of Official Supporting Organisations are eligible to receive ACLM members’ ticket pricing on both the 2024 ASM & Dinner and the preceding Expert Report Writing course. Please select the ACLM Members price at the time of booking.

American College of Legal Medicine

The Wellington Medico Legal Society

Cancellation, Privacy, and Health & Safety policies

By registering to attend, you agree that you have read and accept the Cancellation, Privacy and Health & Safety Policies. These policies apply to the 6 September 2024 Expert Report Writing course and the 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting & Awards Dinner.

Cancellation policy

A refund less $100 administration fee will be provided for all cancellations received at least 30 days prior to the event start date. Any cancellations after this point will be non-refundable.

(Do not book and then attempt to request to cancel the ASM component of your ticket to attend only the course. Cancellations will apply to both events to ensure ASM Live attendees have the opportunity to attend the course. Any remaining spaces on the course will later be released to book for those who wish to attend the course only.)


Please do not attend the live events if you are sick with a contagious illness such as COVID-like symptoms. If you cannot attend the ASM due to illness, you will be able to attend virtually instead, including accessing the recording for later viewing. If you cannot attend the Expert Report Writing course due to illness, you will be offered a credit note.

Contingency Planning:

If a situation occurs which significantly affects the majority of participants’ ability to attend in person, the event may either be postponed to a later date or held entirely online. Any such decision will be communicated to all as soon as possible if this circumstance arises. By registering, you agree to attend the course virtually on the same dates, should this circumstance arise.

We recommend that you consider booking flexible travel and/or purchase appropriate insurance in case your plans change.

Privacy policy

View the ACLM Privacy Policy here.

Health & Safety policy

As part of our commitment to making this event safe you must comply with the following directions:
- Do not attend this event if you are unwell with a contagious illness such as COVID-like symptoms. Contact us for more options.

- Presenters must be willing to present via virtual method instead in the event of sickness, travel restrictions, or other circumstances affecting their ability to attend in person.
- You must comply with all government directions regarding health and safety if they exist.
- It is your responsibility to check the latest border, travel and quarantine restrictions to ensure you are safe and able to travel to and from this event. This may include applying for a travel permit or Visa.

CPD information

(For the Expert Report Writing course - Please refer to the ACLM Expert Report Writing course webpage for CPD information.)

ACLM CPD Program recognition:

7.5 hours, Relevant to Legal or Forensic Medicine

CPD home submissions:

The following allocations are suggested by ACLM and will be shown on the attendance certificate. It is up to the attendee to check that the activity meets their own CPD home's requirements and to allocate the activity type according to their CPD home's guidelines.

Educational Activity: 7.5 hours
Total: 7.5 hours

Program Level Requirements met:

 - Maintaining and developing professionalism

 - Maintaining and developing ethical practice

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All prices are in AUD and include GST unless otherwise specified. ACLM member pricing applies to Australasian ACLM and members of Official Supporting Organisations (American ACLM & Wellington MLS). Please select the ACLM Members price at the time of booking.

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