Challenges at the Interface of Mental Health, Criminal and Family Law (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
Your desk or on your portable device


A focus on the issues that are at the forefront of the interface between mental health, criminal and family law.

This On Demand seminar considers the legal capacity of persons with intellectual, cognitive and mental health disabilities, with a focus on unfitness to plead. 

An eminent Australian expert and a prominent New Zealand practitioner outline the Australian perspective in comparison to the situation in New Zealand with a view to starting a dialogue that will aid in finding solutions that may assist us to move forward.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain a better understanding of unfitness to plead and how it could affect your process.
  • Receive practical insights into supported decision-making and the developments in mental health law in Australia and internationally.
  • Learn more about the alternatives to coercive practices in mental health services.

Who should view?

This On Demand seminar will be beneficial to lawyers who practice in the areas of mental health, disability, family and criminal law. It will also be beneficial to mental health professionals and administrators.



Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Dr Piers Gooding
Melbourne Law School

Dr Piers Gooding is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and a lecturer at the Melbourne Law School, at the University of Melbourne.

He researches disability and mental health law, policy and practice. He is the author of A New Era for Mental Health Law and Policy: Supported Decision-Making and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is on the editorial board of the International Journal for Mental Health and Capacity Law.

Dr Gooding has worked internationally with the UN Special Rapporteur for the Rights of People with Disabilities, and he is a consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of the Asia Pacific (UNESCAP). 

David Niven
Sentinel Chambers

David has practiced as a barrister for almost 30 years.  For the whole of that time he has had a particular interest in issues of mental health, in both criminal and civil jurisdictions and from the District Court to the Court of Appeal.

For the last 6 years he has held a position as a District Inspector for Mental Health under the MH(CAT) Act 1992.  More recently he has also been appointed as a District Inspector under the SA(CAT) Act.


Kate Diesfeld
Professor of Health Law