Psychiatric treatment in prisons

Although the majority of my work is now in the medicolegal field, I maintain a treatment role as a visiting psychiatrist to a large prison in country Victoria. The model of care for prisoners with mental illness is currently under review as part of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System ( Along with […]

Why are risk assessments in forensic mental health important?

About risk assessment in forensic mental health Risk assessments in forensic mental health have become increasingly sought by the Courts and other agencies in recent decades. Often, such assessments will incorporate evidence-based tools in order to understand and identify the level of risk posed by persons with a history of problematic behaviours, such as violence. […]

What is a ‘psychiatric injury’?

Understanding psychiatric injury ‘Psychiatric injury’ refers to a mental condition for which the sufferer claims compensation at law. Commonly, such injuries are claimed to have arisen as a result of factors in the workplace or as a result of a road traffic accident. Precise definitions of what constitutes an ‘injury’ and thresholds for eligibility for […]