Forensic Mental Health - Staff Profiles


Professor Philip Mitchell



Professor Philip Mitchell


AM MB BS, MD, FRANZCP, FRCPsych
Philip Mitchell is Professor and Head of the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales; Convenor of Brain Sciences UNSW; Chair of the NSW Mental Health Priority Taskforce; Consultant Psychiatrist, Black Dog Institute, Sydney; Guest Professor, Shanghai Jaitong University; and Board Member of the Anika Foundation.

His research and clinical interests are in bipolar disorder and depression, with a particular focus on the molecular genetics of bipolar disorder, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for depression, and the pharmacological and psychological treatment of bipolar disorder and depression.

Professor Mitchell has published (in conjunction with colleagues) over 370 papers or chapters on these topics and is a member of an NHMRC-funded Program Grant on depression and bipolar disorder. He is an assistant editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry and Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease and Neuropsychiatry. He also serves on the editorial boards of Psychiatric Genetics, CNS Drugs, CNS Spectrums, Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, Current Therapeutic Research and Medicine Today.

In 2002 Professor Mitchell was awarded the Senior Research Award of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. In 2004, he received the Founders Medal of the Australasian Society for Psychiatry Research. In 2009 he was appointed a Scientia Professor, UNSW (2009-2014), for his international eminence in research. Professor Mitchell also serves on the NSW Health Care Advisory Council.

He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Australia Day Honours List for service to medical education, particularly in the field of psychiatry, as an academic, researcher and practitioner, through contributions to the understanding, treatment and prevention of mental illness.



Professor David Greenberg



Professor David Greenberg


MB, ChB, FFPsych (SA), MMed (Psych), FRCPC (Canada), FRANZCP
Professor David Mace Greenberg is a formally trained Forensic Psychiatrist. He was the inaugural chair and Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at University of Western Australia and now is the Professor of Psychiatry, conjoint appointment, at University of New South Wales.

Professor Greenberg has been practising medicine for 30 years. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1979, and obtained his Psychiatry Fellowship from the College of Medicine in 1988. He completed a Masters degree in Psychiatry in 1990 and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1992. Professor Greenberg undertook full-time formal university forensic psychiatry fellowship training in Canada for an additional year. He was the Associate Professor of Forensic Psychiatry in Canada at University of Ottawa.

In 1999 Professor Greenberg was appointed as the Statewide Director of the State Forensic Mental Health Services for the Western Australian Health Department. In January 2002, he was recruited by NSW Health to establish the Court Liaison Service in NSW, which was awarded the NSW Premiers Gold Award for public service.

Professor Greenberg is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in Forensic Psychiatry. He is the recipient of distinguished awards from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and read over 100 peer reviewed papers at national and international conferences.

He is the past chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Forensic Psychiatry Section, WA Branch. He currently acts as a consultant to the Federal RANZCP and NSW Health on forensic psychiatry matters.



Dr Elizabeth Kaziro



Dr Elizabeth Kaziro


BA (Hons), MA (Hons), Grad Dip Ad Ed, BDivinity, M.Rehab Counselling, PhD Project Manager, MFMHP
Dr Kaziro received a PhD from the Department of Social Work, Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. In addition she holds qualifications in Behavioural Sciences from Macquarie University and a GradDip Adult Education from UTS.

Dr Kaziro has taught in Behavioural Sciences in Medicine in the former undergraduate medical program at the University of Sydney, and was a Student Counsellor for 10 years at the University of Sydney. She has also worked for the UNSW Australian Graduate School of Management as a researcher and trainer in the Development Program for Managers.

Dr Kaziro has a strong administrative and liaison background, her most recent position being Senior Liaison Officer with the Office of the Protective Commissioner, NSW Attorney-General’s Department. Additional ongoing interests include Youth Justice Conferencing for NSW Department of Juvenile Justice and completion of a Masters in Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney in 2009.



Dr Stephen Allnutt


MB, ChB, FRANZCP, FRCPC
Dr Allnutt trained in Psychiatry at McMaster University in Canada and in Forensic Psychiatry in Ottawa, Canada. He has held a number of positions including Deputy Director of Mason Clinic (Auckland, NZ) and Clinical Director of Long Bay Hospital, Sydney. He is currently Clinical Director of the NSW Community Forensic Mental Health Services. Dr Allnutt has a ministerial appointment with the Sentinel Events, Homicide Sub-committee.

Dr Allnutt is the recipient of awards from the American Journal of Forensic Services and has a NSW Premiers Gold Award for work with the NSW Court Liaison Service.

In addition to being a conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Dr Allnutt is a well received speaker, and has presented and published papers both locally and internationally on forensic topics. He has a scientific interest in the bizarre, the deviant and the dangerous.



Associate Professor John Basson



Associate Professor John Basson


MB, ChB, BSc (Hons), MPhil, FRCPsych, FRANZCP
A/Professor Basson has worked in Forensic and General Mental Health Management in Scotland, England and Australia. He has run services in prisons, high security hospitals, and medium and low secure units. He has provided evidence in courts at all levels and was involved in community Forensic Services in Scotland and London.

A/Professor Basson has published in the areas of Psychiatric Intensive Care, Hep B and HIV in prison settings, comparisons of mental illness in the community and prison, and the treatment of non metastatic pain, and illicit drug testing in high security hospitals. Since his migration to Australia he has worked as the Statewide Director for Forensic Mental Health and Chief Psychiatrist, NSW Health. He is, at present Statewide Clinical Director, Forensic Mental Health.



Dr Jacqueline Canessa



Dr Jacqueline Canessa


B Med, FRANZCP
Dr Jacqueline Canessa is a consultant Forensic and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist employed as a staff specialist with NSW Justice Health Adolescent Service and SESIAHS Adolescent Service. Dr Canessa qualified in medicine from the University of Newcastle, NSW and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2004.

Dr Canessa is one of a few psychiatrists in Australia with dual training in Forensic and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.She also holds a conjoint lecturers appointment with the School of Psychiatry, UNSW.Her work is related to the assessment and management of adolescents with mental health and drug and alcohol issues in custodial and community settings with a particular interest in attachment/ trauma/family patterns in youth behaviours and offending.



Professor Duncan Chappell


BA, LLB (Hons), PhD
Professor Chappell graduated in law (Hons 1) from the University of Tasmania, and received his PhD from the University of Cambridge.

A lawyer and a criminologist, Professor Chappell is currently a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong’s Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention and Chair of the CEPS International Advisory Board. Previous positions have included Acting Director of the University of Sydney’s Institute of Criminology, immediate past President of the New South Wales Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) and of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal, and a past member of the NSW Law Reform Commission.

Professor Chappell was a Deputy President of the Australian Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and, prior to this, Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).

As a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission, he was the Commissioner in Charge of a reference on Sentencing. He retains a keen interest in this topic as well as in the study of criminal violence. He was appointed Chair of a National Committee on Violence which reported its findings to all Australian governments in February 1990.

Professor Chappell has been a frequent consultant and adviser to governments and other public and private agencies and has occupied a range of academic and other professional positions in Australia, the United States and Canada. He was also the Australian representative on a Commonwealth Observer Mission to South Africa, acting as both Cochair and Chair of COMSA, and a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the South African elections in April 1994. Professor Chappell has published widely on crime and criminal justice issues.



Michelle Eason



Ms Michelle Eason


MN (Mental Health)
Michelle Eason registered as a nurse in 1996 after completing a Bachelor of Nursing degree. She has worked in forensic mental health for more than 10 years. She completed a Masters in Nursing (Mental Health) in 2001.

Ms Eason is currently the Clinical Nurse Consultant, Mental Health, at Long Bay Prison Hospital. She has worked with several Universities and the College of Nursing in developing, reviewing and assessing courses in Mental Health.



Dr Andrew Ellis



Dr Andrew Ellis


BMed, FRANZCP
Dr Ellis is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist working with the NSW Justice Health Community Forensic Mental Health Service. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Secretary of the College’s NSW Section of Forensic Psychiatry. He is the Director of Advanced Training in Forensic Psychiatry for the RANZCP in NSW.

Dr Ellis has previously held posts in London as the National Health Service International Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry, and in the NSW Justice Health Statewide Court Liaison Service as Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist.



Dr Claire Gaskin



Dr Claire Gaskin


MRCPsych (UK), FRANZCP
Dr Gaskin is a consultant adolescent forensic psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Adolescent Mental Health, Justice Health. Dr Gaskin completed specialist training in both Child and Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London, working as consultant in specialist adolescent forensic services in the UK until taking up her current position with Justice Health in May 2006. This position involves working closely with other agencies in order to enhance the provision of mental health care to young offenders in NSW, both in custody and in the community.

Dr Gaskin collaborated on the production of a World Health Organization Manual to aid the management of mental health disorders in the prison setting, and has spoken widely to multidisciplinary audiences on the association of offending and mental health disorders in young people.

Dr Gaskin is interested in the contribution of trauma to mental health and offending in young people, and the development of treatment services within secure settings.



Associate Professor Dan Howard



Associate Professor Dan Howard SC


SC, B Laws, LLB
Dan Howard SC is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales. During 2008 and 2009 he was Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wollongong, where he was Director of the National Prosecutions Program run by the Law Faculty’s Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention.

A/Professor Howard has been practising law for over 30 years. He is a Senior Counsel at the New South Wales Bar, and was a Crown Prosecutor with the Office of the DPP for fifteen years, where he ran the program of continuing professional development for the NSW Crown Prosecutors. He has prosecuted in many notable trials; he was junior counsel in the prosecution of the ‘Backpackers’ trial (R v Milat) and in 2007 conducted the prosecution on Norfolk Island (R v McNeill) relating to the murder of Janelle Patton. He has also appeared in many criminal appeal cases, including a number that have involved points of law relating to mental health issues.

He has been engaged in many cases involving psychiatric issues, including fitness to plead, and defences of mental illness and substantial impairment. He is the co-author, with forensic psychiatrist Bruce Westmore, of the textbook ‘Crime and Mental Health Law in New South Wales’ (Lexis Nexis, second edn, 2010).

A/Professor Howard has also written numerous articles and given many lectures on crime related topics and on psychiatry and the law. He is a part-time member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and in 2008 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study forensic mental health systems in Canada and the United States.



Dr Leia Kavanagh


MB BS, FRANZCP
Dr Leila Kavanagh is a multilingual Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist currently employed as a Staff Specialist with the Community Forensic Mental Health Service Justice Health. She works part-time as a Private General Psychiatrist in the Hills District and in Petersham (where she caters to the migrant population). She is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian (and associated dialects) with reasonable proficiency in Spanish.

The daughter of a Brazilian Diplomat she obtained her initial Medical Qualifications at the University of Belgrade in the Former Yugoslavia (1986). When she immigrated to Australia with her Australian husband, she entered the University of Tasmania where she completed her second degree in Medicine (1995). She later specialised in Psychiatry, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry in 2005. She completed Advanced Training in Forensic Psychiatry in 2007.

Due to her keen interest in Forensic Psychiatry, she began working exclusively in this field in 2000. During her eight years of forensic experience, she has provided mental health care to Forensic Patients at Long Bay Hospital and to the mentally ill / disordered in outlying prisons; including Mulawa (Women’s Correctional Centre), the Metropolitan Reception and Remand Centre (MRRC), Parramatta and Parklea prisons. She has worked in the Drug Court Program and in the Bunya Forensic Rehabilitation Unit at Cumberland Hospital. With the opening of the Mental Health Screening Unit at the Metropolitan Reception and Remand Centre in 2006, she was actively involved in the planning and provision of comprehensive mental health care to severely mentally ill inmates within the Criminal Justice System.

She has presented on a variety of Forensic Topics both in Australia and Internationally.



Professor Kenneth Nunn


MB BS(Hons), PhD, FRCPsych (UK), FRANZCP
Professor Nunn graduated with honours from UNSW in 1978. After finishing his residency, he trained in Psychiatry in Newcastle at what was then the new Medical School, and was the first person to do his general psychiatric training in Newcastle. His basic training was in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, where he was subsequently appointed as lecturer in Neuropsychiatry with the London Institute of Child Health.

Professor Nunn later returned to Australia to take up a lectureship at Newcastle University, where he commenced his PhD in Psychiatry – on the measurement and significance of personal hopefulness. He was appointed Director of the Arndell Children’s Unit (now Coral Tree Lodge) and the following year was made Head of Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital.

In 1990, Professor Nunn was appointed as Director of Child Psychiatry at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, and Senior Lecturer with the University of London. He returned to Australia to take up the Head of Department of the Royal Alexandra Hospital at Camperdown (now moved to Westmead), and completed his PhD and continued as Head of Department for over 10 years. He was made Associate Professor with Sydney University in 2000. In 2002, he was made Professor of Child Psychiatry and Foundation Director of the Child and Adolescent Intensive Care Mental Health Inpatient Unit for Children and Adolescents (the Nexus Unit) in Newcastle.

Professor Nunn has published seven books, including a Who’s Who of the Brain, a user-friendly guide for clinicians and those interested in understanding the brain better, and over 40 peer review articles. He is now working as a Senior Staff Specialist with Justice Health New South Wales, and has a special interest in dismantling the mental health causes of recidivism in young people – especially indigenous young people – in detention.



Dr Jeremy O'Dea



Dr Jeremy O'Dea


MB BS, FRANZCP
Dr O’Dea is a consultant forensic psychiatrist based in Paddington, with appointments as a Visiting Psychiatrist to Justice Health for over 10 years. Following completion of his general psychiatric training in Australia, Dr O’Dea spent three years in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s training in the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry. On return to Australia he took up the position as the Principal Forensic Psychiatrist for the Health Department of Western Australia, prior to his current clinical practice in New South Wales.

He has a strong treatment emphasis in his practice in forensic psychiatry, with a particular interest in the assessment, treatment and management both of patients diagnosed with paraphilias, and sex offenders.



Colman O'Driscoll



Mr Colman O’Driscoll


RN, Dip Psych Nursing, BNS, MACMHN
Mr Colmán O’Driscoll trained as a psychiatric nurse in St Patrick’s hospital, Dublin, He holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and Master of Nursing (Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) from the University of Western Sydney. He moved to Sydney in 2003 and started working in forensic mental health with Justice Health (then Corrections Health Service).

Mr O’Driscoll has wide-ranging experience in the NSW Forensic Mental Health system. He has worked with Justice Health as a Clinical Nurse Consultant, Clinical Coordinator of the Statewide Risk Assessment and management Training Program, Operations Manager, Community Forensic Mental Health Service, and in 2009 was appointed Service Director Mental Health, Statewide Forensic Mental Health Service. Mr O’Driscoll has published and presented a number of papers on forensic mental health topics, including risk assessment and management, psychopathology and suicide in custody. He holds a Conjoint Lecturer’s appointment with the School of Psychiatry, UNSW.



Associate Professor Jonathan Phillips


MB BS, FRANZCP
Jonathan Phillips is an independent mental health consultant in his professional role as a psychiatrist. He is Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide, Associate Professor at James Cook University, Chairman of the Specialist Medical Review Council, a Past Director of Mental Health South Australia, a former Chairman of the Committee of Presidents of the Australian Medical Colleges, a former President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), and a former member of the Australian Medical Council. He has been involved in numerous RANZCP educational activities over the years, including Chair Committee for Training and Chair Fellowships Board of the College. Additionally, he has represented the RANZCP in various medico-political activities, including the position of Chair of the Strategic Planning Group for Private Psychiatric Services.

Jonathan Phillips is a graduate in Medicine from the University of Melbourne. He is a fellow of the RANZCP.

Currently Jonathan Phillips is involved in three significant professional activities: consultant advice to health services and other bodies, clinical psychiatry and medicolegal psychiatry. He has been a World Health Organization (WHO) short term health consultant and consultant to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, he has held the locum position as Head Department of Psychiatry at the Repatriation General Hospital New South Wales, has been Chair of the Psychiatric Division of the Medical Services Committee of New South Wales and has been guest lecturer and examiner in the School of Postgraduate Studies National University of Singapore. He has lectured in India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Brazil, and Russia.

Jonathan Phillips was a key-note speaker at the forensic meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists this year. He is involved in the preparation and delivery of the Masters Program in Forensic Mental Health, University of New South Wales. He is currently involved with a consultancy to advise the Victorian Government on future developments in community mental health.

He was awarded the Grey Ewan Medal of the RANZCP in 1973, the Graham Coupland Medal of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 1993 and the Arthur E Mills Medal of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2000.

Jonathan Phillips is a member of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), The Medico Legal Society of New South Wales Inc, and the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences.

He is a WorkCover Trained Assessor of Permanent Impairment, and a Motor Accidents Authority Trained Assessor of Permanent Impairment.



Dr Anthony Samuels



Dr Anthony Samuels


MB, ChB, MCrim, FRANZCP
Dr Anthony Samuels is Senior Visiting Psychiatrist MRRC, Silverwater, and a consultant forensic psychiatrist in private practice. He is also Director of Training for Justice Health, and a Senior Conjoint Lecturer in Psychiatry at UNSW.

Dr Samuels has authored numerous publications in the areas of General and Forensic Psychiatry. Current areas of research include violence, risk assessment, stalking, insanity, fitness to plead, suicide in prisons, and the use of Clozapine in treatment-resistant psychosis.

Dr Samuels obtained his medical qualifications at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He completed his psychiatric specialist training in Auckland, New Zealand, and has been a Fellow of the RANZCP since 1991. In addition he has a Masters of Criminology from the University of Sydney.



Dr Barbara Sinclair



Dr Barbara Sinclair


BDS, MPharm, MB, ChB, FRANZCP
Educated at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, Dr Sinclair continued on there to complete a Master of Pharmacology by research – resulting in several publications – and then followed this with a medical degree. Dr Sinclair’s initial specialist psychiatry training was in Dunedin, followed by two years of rural and remote psychiatry experience. Her psychiatry training was completed at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, and with Justice Health, in Sydney, NSW.

As a Staff Specialist with Justice Health, Dr Sinclair worked with inpatient forensic care at the Long Bay Hospital complex, and Outpatient Services in outlying prisons in remote areas, with juvenile work included. Most recently, she was the Staff Specialist for the Statewide Community and Court Liaison Service.

Dr Sinclair has a part-time private psychiatry and addiction practice, and is a Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine, RANZCP. Her interests are specifically in addiction medicine, and medico-legal/forensic and general psychiatry. She is currently responsible for drug and alcohol consultation in the Forensic Hospital at Long Bay, Malabar, NSW.



Michael Sterry



Mr Michael Sterry


BA, B.Juris, LLB
Mr Sterry is employed as the Forensic Legal Advisor to Justice Health. He has held the position of Deputy President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and, prior to that, was the Director of the Legal Branch of the Department of Health.

For the last 32 years Mr Sterry has been practising as a lawyer, including two years in private practice, and two years in the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office drafting legislation. For most of this time he has been involved in various ways with the Mental Health legislation (including providing legal advice in relation to the drafting of the 1990 legislation) and the practice of law in that area.

He has for over 10 years also been a voluntary Director of a large non-government organisation involved with providing residential facilities for people suffering from mental illness.



Mr Dominic Villa


BA (Hons), LLB, MHL
Mr Villa graduated in Law from the University of NSW in 1995 and for the past seven years has practised as a Barrister – predominantly in the areas of professional liability and insurance.

Mr Villa has extensive experience acting on behalf of health practitioners and various government instrumentalities, including the NSW Police and the Department of Health at both State and Federal levels. He also has a keen interest in Sports Law, having acted on behalf of a number of high-profile athletes in defending doping allegations, and has sat on a number of disciplinary tribunals.

He is the author of The Annotated Civil Liability Act 2002, published by Thompson Legal.



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