Subject details

After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

  1. understand the role of law and policy in shaping and constraining forensic mental health practice;
  2. gain familiarity with the sources and types of relevant law and policy, and factors contributing to their development over time and in different jurisdictions;
  3. identify and engage with specific law and policy applicable in forensic mental health settings;
  4. identify, locate and understand relevant law, including interpreting legislation and case law;
  5. critically analyse current law/ policy debates/ problems in forensic mental health;
  6. demonstrate skills in research, written communication, and critical analysis.
    • The Australian Legal System
    • Criminal Justice/ Criminal Law
    • Mental Health in Criminal Law
    • Mental Health Law & Policy
    • Forensic Mental Health Law and Policy
    • Police and Mental Health
    • Pre-Trial and Trial
    • Sentencing
    • Corrections
    • Post-release Considerations
    • New Directions in Forensic Mental Health
    • Review Week & Case Study Preparation
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-MCCJ7101

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject concentrates on the legislation and policies that govern the administration of Forensic Mental Health services in Queensland. Policies affecting policing practices, the operation of the Mental Health Court and associated review procedures, and the delivery of services in both Health and Correctional systems are examined in some detail. The subject also compares Queensland legislation and policies with those governing selected interstate and overseas forensic mental health systems.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the subject offering.

  • Case Study (40%)
  • Online Discussion (30%)
  • Online Quiz (30%)

Textbooks are not required.

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