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

Conference Program

The theme for the 2018 COAT NSW Conference is:
'Efficient, Informal and Fair - Tribunals Delivering Under Pressure'

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For more information about each presentation, click on each session below.



8.00am – 8.45am

Arrival Tea & Coffee

8.50am – 9.10am

Conference Welcome
Malcolm Schyvens
COAT NSW Convenor

Welcome to Country
Auntie Millie Ingram

9.10am – 9.30am

Conference Opening Address
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP
Attorney General NSW

9.30am – 10.30am

Writing Better Judgments
Chief Justice The Hon. Tom Bathurst AC
Supreme Court of New South Wales

10.30am – 10.50am

Morning Tea

10.50am -  12.05am

How to Craft a Good Tribunal Hearing - Using Emotional Intelligence Effectively
Leanne Warner
Langley Group

12.05pm – 1.00pm

De-escalating Volatile Situations
Dr Nick O’Connor
Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, North Shore Ryde Mental Health Service

1.00pm – 1.50pm


1.50pm -2.50pm

Multi-Disciplinary Panels: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Jane Anderson, Principal Member, Veterans' Review Board,  Matthew Carroll, President, Mental Health Tribunal, Victoria, Dr Margaret Spencer, Member, New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Stephen Free,  Barrister and Member Football Australia Appeals and Disciplinary Committees and Dr Michael Giuffrida, Mental Health Review Tribunal, NSW Medical Tribunal and the NSW Medical Council

Statutory Interpretation Refresher
James Emmett
12 Wentworth Selbourne Chambers

2.50pm -3.10pm

Afternoon Tea

3.10pm- 4.00pm

Making Complex Decisions - Tools for Tribunal Members
Christa Ludlow
Principal, Working Knowledge and Member, New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal  

4.00pm – 4.50pm

Reflections On Working Effectively and Ethically in an Environment of High Emotion
Hugh Dillon
Adjunct Professor, University of New South Wales  and former Deputy State Coroner, NSW Deputy President, MHRT


Closing Remarks
Anina Johnson
Convenor, Conference Organising Committee and Deputy President, MHRT


Close of the 2018 COAT NSW Conference

5.00pm – 6.00pm

Post Conference Drinks and Refreshments

Professional Development Units for Tribunal Members

Legal practitioners must complete one hour of educational activity in each of the following areas per year:  ethics and professional responsibility; practice management and business skills; professional skills.    This program is designed to meet the compulsory CPD needs of legal practitioners who sit as Tribunal members.   However, CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW.  You should determine for yourself if the program is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law.


  • All Conference activities and schedules are subject to change without notice.  For any questions about the Conference schedule please contact GEMS Event Management Australia on +61 2 9744 5252.
  • Session attendance is on a first come, first served basis.

Conference Secretariat


For all Conference enquiries, please contact GEMS Event Management Australia on +61 2 9744 5252.