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2018 COAT NSW Conference
7 September, 2018 I Pullman Sydney, Hyde Park

Conference Panelists

Matthew Carroll
President, Mental Health Review Board

Matthew was appointed President of the Victorian Mental Health Review Board and Chairperson of the Psychosurgery Review Board in 2010.  Immediately prior to taking up these appointments he was manager of the Human Rights Unit at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.  Upon commencement of Victoria’s current Mental Health Act on 1 July 2014 Matthew became President of the Mental Health Tribunal.

Matthew has previously held appointments as a community member of the Intellectual Disability Review Panel, and Deputy Chairperson of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority.  He was also an honorary legal member on the appeals committees of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Dr Michael Giuffrida MB., BS., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P
Mental Health Review Tribunal

Dr Michael Giuffrida is a Forensic Psychiatrist, Accredited Foundation Member of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the RANZCP.  Michael is retained for assessments and reports in relation to clinical practice standards in public and private psychiatric hospitals and practices. This currently involves reporting in relation to allegations and claims concerning medical negligence and Coroner’s Inquests in various state jurisdictions. Michael’s practice includes reports to Local, District and Supreme Courts in relation to criminal matters including Insanity Defence, Substantial Impairment, Fitness to Plead and sentencing matters.  Michael has provided reports concerning practitioners, to the Medical and Dental Councils of NSW.  Michael has been retained by the Crown Solicitor's Office, Probation and Parole Board and Serious Offenders Review Council for risk assessments.

Dr Giuffrida has been the chair or member of Professional Standards Committees, Impaired Registrants Panels and Section 150 (urgent hearings) since 1987 and a Member of the Medical Tribunal (previously in the District Court of NSW) and currently NCAT. He has been a Psychiatrist Member of the Forensic Division of NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal since 2007.

Dr Giuffrida has worked as Clinical Director of public mental health psychiatric services for 40 years and was formerly Director of Forensic Psychiatry at Westmead and Cumberland Hospitals and Clinical Director of the Bunya Forensic Inpatient Facility and community forensic service.  Michael has worked as Visiting Psychiatrist to Justice Health providing clinical services for mentally ill women in custody and developed the first inpatient psychiatric facility for women at Long Bay Correctional Centre together with his appointment to the Justice Health Community Forensic Mental Health Service reviewing   all forensic and high risk civil patients. Michael was also previously Acting Chief psychiatrist for NSW Health and Deputy Director of the NSW Institute Of Psychiatry. Michael has been a member of two major enquiries into public psychiatric services including the Richmond Report and the Barclay reports. Michael has held appointments as Clinical or Conjoint Lecturer at the Universities of Sydney and NSW. He has been extensively involved in the supervision and training of psychiatric registrars throughout his career. 

Jane Anderson, LLB (Hons), LLM (Cambridge)
Principal Member, Veterans' Review Board

Jane Anderson was appointed by the Governor General as Principal Member of the Veterans’ Review Board in December 2017.  She commenced the role in late January 2018. For two years prior to her appointment, Jane served as a general member of the Veterans’ Review Board.

Previously, Jane was a senior legal member of the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) and a former Deputy President of the SA Guardianship Board.  Jane was also a Board member of the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia, overseeing the management of a not-for-profit organisation providing advocacy and support for people with mental illness.

As well as her expertise in administrative law, Jane enjoyed a previous career as a senior lawyer with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, during which she appeared as prosecuting counsel in criminal courts and provided legal advice to government departments and agencies.

Jane has a strong interest in human rights and international law, and in 1999 she completed a Master of Law degree in international law at Cambridge University, UK.   As well, Jane has a keen interest in access to justice, and has developed a number of pilot programs aimed at delivering swift, accessible and affordable services to users and stakeholders of boards and tribunals

Stephen Free
Barrister, Eleven Wentworth

Stephen Free is a barrister at Eleven Wentworth Chambers and a member of the Football Federation of Australia Appeals and Disciplinary Committees.  Stephen has been at the bar since 2006, practising primarily in public law, regulatory and general commercial matters. From 2015-2017 he acted as counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Before coming to the bar Stephen practised as a solicitor and solicitor advocate in the Crown Solicitor’s Office. He appears regularly in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and High Court as well as in a variety of disciplinary and administrative tribunals. Stephen studied at the Australian National University and at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded the Vinerian Scholarship.

Dr Margaret Spencer
Member, Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Dr Margaret Spencer is a general member in the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  In addition, Margaret is a lecturer and the Acting Director of Field Education in the Social Work program at the University of Sydney.  Margaret has extensive casework experience working with persons who for a variety of reasons services find difficult to engage and support.  Her primary research interest is on the rights and supports need of adults with intellectual disability who aspire to be or already are parents and their families.


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