Forensic Mental Health

Forensic Mental Health is a sub-specialty of mental health in which scientific and clinical expertise is applied in legal contexts, combining civil, criminal, correctional and legislative matters. It embraces the therapeutic objectives of mental health services for a specific forensic target group, as well as providing mental, health evaluation and consultation in the legal justice system.

Australia Day Awards


We congratulate two distinguished people who were recognised in the 2013 Australia Day Honours, and who have had a long association with the Master of Forensic Mental Health Program (MFMH9012).
  • Conjoint Associate Professor Jonathan Phillips, Forensic Mental Health Masters Program, School of Psychiatry
    For significant service to mental health as a forensic psychiatrist, particularly through contributions to professional organisations. Dr. Jonathan Phillips AM MB BS, FRANZCP
  • Kerrie Eyers, Volunteer Publications Consultant, Black Dog Institute and Coordinator of the Mood Disorders Unit, Prince Henry Hospital (now the Black Dog Institute)
    For significant service to psychology, particularly through mental health program administration. Kerrie Eyers AM, MA (Psych), Dip Ed, MPH, MAPS

School of Psychiatry 50th Anniversary Dinner

See some photos from the event.

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2014 Handbook now available

Click on the link below to download the 2013 Masters of Forensic Health Postraducate Student Handbook.

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Crime & Mental Health Law in New South Wales - Book Launch

'Crime & Mental Health Law in New South Wales' by A/Prof Dan Howard & Dr Bruce Westmore launched at Sydney Town Hall by Clover Moore MP & Lord Mayor of Sydney.

See the pictures from the event

Forensic Mental Health in the Media

"New Chair of Forensic Mental Health" - UNSW News (15 Nov 2011)

Associate Professor Kimberlie Dean has been appointed the inaugural Chair of Forensic Mental Health at UNSW.

The Chair - a first for the University and only the second appointment of its kind in Australia - has been established through a long-standing partnership between UNSW and Justice Health.

Read the article

MFMH Program Graduation & Orientation Photos

Student Profiles & Testimonials

UNSW Handbook Links

Program Handbook

About the Program

The Forensic Mental Health Program has been developed to enhance the knowledge and skills of a broad range of professionals working at the interface of human services and criminal justice systems.

While the program content is based in forensic psychiatry, the disciplines of forensic psychology, nursing and law contribute to this exciting new frontier. Our academic contributors are also leading authorities in their clinical fields which allow for participation of students in the challenges of the forensic workplace. In addition, the expert knowledge and experience of our academic staff relate to both the Australia-wide and international forensic context.

For detailed information about the length of study, core courses, electives, fees and entry requirements, please refer to the UNSW Handbook.
We have also compiled some Frequently Asked Questions to assist with your enrolment.

Program Staff

The Forensic Mental Health program is taught and administered by a highly qualified team of professionals.

Career Opportunities

There are career opportunities in private practice in Forensic Mental Health - also with Government Stakeholders including Department of Corrective Services, Department of Community Services and Department of Aged Disability & Health Care. Additional employment will also be available in Area Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Police and Correctional Services.

Who should consider a degree in Forensic Mental Health?

The degree is designed for mental health professionals including medical practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and occupational therapists. The program is also open to correctional staff and other related professions.

Research Programs

Supervision available in Forensic Mental Health. Contact Project Manager or A/Prof Kimberlie Dean for details.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Masters of Philosophy in Forensic Mental Health (MPhil FMH 2712)
Masters in Philosophy (MPhil) in Forensic Mental Health

The Masters in Philosophy in Forensic Mental Healthis a research degree designed to provide research training for candidates wishing to progress to a PhD. or who wish to develop competencies in researching Forensic Mental Health. The MPhil comprises 24 Units of Credit (UoC) of coursework and a thesis of no more than 40,000 words on an approved topic.

The normal full-time duration is 3 semesters (one semester of coursework and two semesters of thesis) full-time or 6 semesters part-time.

Articulation from an MPhil to a PhD is possible and advanced standing may be given for courses completed as part of the Masters of Forensic Mental Health or equivalent.



Project Manager
Dr Elizabeth Kaziro
T (02) 8372 3002
F (02) 9344 4151
E Elizabeth Kaziro

Mailing Address
Dr Elizabeth Kaziro
Project Manager
Justice Health Centre for Health Research in Criminal Justice
Suite 302, Level 2
152 Bunnerong Road
Eastgardens NSW 2036


Program Handbook (2014)
(PDF - Warning: 8MB)

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