We warmly invite you to join us to celebrate the

25th Anniversary

of the

 Australasian College of Legal Medicine

2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

Legal aspects of Child & Adolescent health


31 October & 1 November 2020
Hotel Grand Chancellor - Hobart, Tasmania

Call for papers - NOW OPEN

The call for papers is now open! You are invited to present a paper related to the theme:
Legal Aspects of Child & Adolescent Health.

To express your interest in speaking, email your abstract and a short biography to aclm9@legalmedicine.com.au. Please include a brief explanation of how your presentation will highlight the legal aspects of the topic.

A $100 registration discount is offered to all open and ACLM speakers.

Speakers & Topics

Magistrate John Lock - QLD Deputy State Coroner (ret.) | Investigating Child Death

Investigating Child Death
Abstract coming soon...

Magistrate John Lock
Magistrate John Lock is recently retired from being QLD Deputy State Coroner. He was a Solicitor and partner in a private legal firm from 1976 to 1998. Magistrate Lock held the positions of senior lawyer Legal Aid Queensland from 1998 to 2002, Magistrate 2002 to 2020, Coroner 2008 to 2013, and Deputy State Coroner 2013 to 2020.

Senior Sergeant Marcus Cryer - QLD Police Officer | Youth in Custody

Youth in Custody
Legislated change on 12 Feb 2018, aligned Queensland with all other states moving seventeen-year-old’s into the Youth Justice System. Two months later, both of Queensland Youth Detention Centers reached capacity and Industrial Action by Unions, saw legislated capacity numbers capped with Brisbane Youth Detention center doors closing on new child offender admissions. Centre closures led to over 65 children being held at one stage within the Brisbane City Watchhouse for periods of up to 42 days. Indigenous children as young as 11, were flown from North Queensland and held in custody until being flown back to Townsville (Cleveland) Youth Detention Centre.

Senior Sergeant Marcus Cryer
Marcus Cryer is a Senior Sergeant of Police, with over 29 years of policing experience and qualified as a current Police Negotiator. As the Officer in Charge of Qld’s largest watchhouse for 7 years, he has positively inspired and improved the culture and capabilities of 93 staff (60 sworn and 33 staff members) by building trust and respect, encouraging diversity and inclusion through participative leadership.

He is currently seconded as the Capability lead, working with GSA Consulting to lead the QPS Service Delivery Redesign Project, conducting a project with future introduction scheduled across all policing districts in Qld. In late 2019, he finished his Master of Professional Studies, with his research results leading to a current trial involving the Qld Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Police Prosecutions, surrounding the timely presentation of evidence and engagement of the ODPP to overview criminal matters presented before Queensland Higher Courts, to enable shorter case dispositions.

Professor Mike O'Connor AM - Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology & Mr Bill Madden - Lawyer | Treatment for Gender Dysphoria in Children and the Role of the Courts

Treatment for Gender Dysphoria in Children and the Role of the Courts
The diagnosis of gender dysphoria in children relies on a self-declaration by those whose gender identity or expression does not match the sex they received at birth. There is no definitive biological test which would enable clinicians to determine if the child’s claim is long lasting. Approximately 88 percent of children who express gender dysphoria ‘desist’, mostly by the onset of puberty.

The Family Court of Australia has recently restricted its determinations of gender transformation in children to more controversial cases involving disagreement between the parties. (Re: Kelvin [2017] FamCAFC 258 (30 November 2017).

Hitherto the second stage treatment of gender dysphoria in children required a court order under s 67ZC of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) as parents were not considered at liberty to make that decision. The appellate court held that stage 2 treatments can no longer be considered a medical procedure for which consent lies outside the bounds of parental authority and so it no longer requires the imprimatur of the court. Now transgender children and their families who are in agreement need not to seek authorization of the Court to undertake either Stage 1 (pubarche blockade with gonadotrophin releasing hormone agonists) or Stage 2 treatment (cross hormone therapy such as oestrogen for transgender males). Stage 1 treatment to suppress pubarche would nowadays be commenced at Tanner stage 2[1] which commences as early as 9.96 years in girls and 10.14 years in boys. Suppression of puberty would continue until the age of 16 years when cross hormonal treatment would begin.

The assertion that suppression of puberty by GnRH analogues either in cases of precocious puberty or gender dysphoria is ‘safe and reversible’ (Bell & Bell, 2017[2]) may warrant revisiting, despite the FCA having already accepted that assertion.

This paper argues that Stage 1 & 2 treatments for gender dysphoria in children and adolescents are not innocuous and that, given the high rate of revocation, some form of independent arbiter should still be required to sanction such treatment. It is further argued that an objective biological test of gender dysphoria would be useful to identify true cases of gender dysphoria which will persist beyond adolescence.

Professor Mike O'Connor AM - Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School Of Medicine, Western Sydney University
Mike O’Connor is Professor of O&G at Western Sydney University and a Visiting Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at The St George Hospital, Kogarah, and St George Private Hospital, where he is Chairman of the Patient Care and Clinical Review Committee. He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at UNSW in the Division of Women’s and Children’s Health and Lecturer at Sydney University. From 1981-1983 he was Medical Superintendent at the Women’s Hospital (Crown St.) in Sydney. For 6 years Mike O’Connor was a Federal Councillor of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, representing NSW and served as Vice President of the College from 2002-2004. His College work included the development of an Indigenous Health Worker training program in antenatal care, adult and neonatal resuscitation courses as well as courses on the management of sexual assault. He established the Chapter of Military O&G in the RANZCOG and is its Chairman. Mike O’Connor was awarded the Gold Medal of the RCOG at the MRCOG exams in 1975 and in 1982 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (Sydney University). He holds Diplomas in Diagnostic Ultrasound & Child Health. He is an active member of the ACLM, the ASCCP and the ASUM. He has a Master’s degree in Health Law from Sydney University and a Master’s degree in Forensic Medicine from Monash University. He acts for both Plaintiffs and Defendants as an expert witness. He is a section editor for the Journal of Law and Medicine. In 2009 he was created a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his longstanding work in Indigenous Health.

Mr Bill Madden - Lawyer, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers
Bill Madden is a lawyer in private practice with Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He has adjunct appointments in both the law and medical schools at Western Sydney University, in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology and in the Melbourne Law Masters program at the University of Melbourne. His blog at https://billmaddens.wordpress.com includes updates on medical law issues.

Dr Katherine Robinson - Forensic Medical Officer | Interpreting the Toxicological Analysis of Hair in Children from Clandestine Laboratories

Interpreting the Toxicological Analysis of Hair in Children from Clandestine Laboratories
Abstract coming soon...

Dr Katherine Robinson
Dr Robinson graduated from the University of Queensland with her medical degree in 1996.  After completing her residency at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Katherine worked as a registrar in Histopathology. After taking some time off to start a family, she returned to clinical work as a Senior Medical Officer in the Intensive Care Unit of The Wesley Hospital. It was here that Katherine completed research in hormonal fluctuations in critical illness.  In 2014, Katherine commenced work as a Forensic Physician in the Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit in Brisbane, Queensland. She has a special interest in Hair Toxicology and its application to Forensic Medicine.

Professor Roy Beran - Consultant Neurologist | Adolescents' Fitness to Drive

Adolescents' Fitness to Drive
Abstract coming soon...

Professor Roy Beran - Consultant Neurologist and accredited Sleep Physician
Professor Beran is trained as a consultant neurologist and accredited sleep physician, in addition to working within legal, military and aviation medicine. His qualifications include: MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRACGP, Grad. Dip. Tertiary Ed., Grad. Dip. Further Ed., FAFPHM, FACLM, FRCP, FACBS, B Leg. S, MHL and FFFLM (Hon). He is a Conjoint Professor of Medicine in the South Western Clinical School at the University of New South Wales and Liverpool Hospital, Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University, Queensland, and Professor Chair, Medical Law, at Sechenov Moscow First State University, Moscow, Russia. He is a founding Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, a Past President thereof, having stepped down in 2011, and only the second elected Honorary Fellow of the College and is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (London).


Day 1 - Saturday - 31 October 2020

9.00 am - 3.30 pm: Annual Scientific Meeting
3.30 pm - 4.30 pm: AGM
7.00 pm - 10.00 pm: Awards Dinner

Day 2 - Sunday - 1 November 2020

9.00 am - 12.00 pm: Annual Scientific Meeting (closes with lunch)


ASM & AGM Location:
Hotel Grand Chancellor - Chancellor Room 6
1 Davey Street
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Awards Dinner Location:
Hotel Grand Chancellor - Harbour View Room
1 Davey Street
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Dress: Cocktail


ACLM Members: $600 inc GST
Non-members: $700 inc GST 

A $100 registration discount is offered to all open and ACLM speakers.

The registration fee includes the Saturday evening Awards Dinner. New ACLM Fellows and Members will be awarded their Testamurs and we will enjoy a presentation by a guest speaker. Please confirm your attendance at the dinner at the time of registering.

You are welcome to bring a partner to the dinner for an additional cost of $130 (inc GST).

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