Psychologists and the Law in 2024

Designed specifically with psychologists in mind, this lunchtime webinar series will help you steer a safe course through the legal issues that can affect the success of your practice. Receive a step-by-step guide to setting up your practice, obtain a comprehensive guide to recent changes to employment law that affect you, learn from our experts about client complaints and professional regulation, learn about safety at work, rights and obligations, and hear about changes to the laws around family violence, apprehended violence and the new rules relating to coercive control that impact on your professional practice.

Description

Attend the full series and earn 7.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

If you register for the full series as a live online product after the date of an individual session, you will be sent the recording for the sessions that have passed. Alternatively, you can register for individual sessions by following the links below.

Psychologists and the Law in 2024: Structuring Success: Legal and Tax Considerations for Psychologists Establishing Practices

Thursday, 2 May 2024

If you are considering setting up your own psychology practice and want to obtain information on the legal framework, structuring options and the essential aspects of Australian federal and state taxes relevant to psychologists running their practices, then spend your lunch learning from expert commercial lawyers. Don't miss this chance to lay the groundwork for a successful and legally sound psychology practice.

Description

Attend and earn 1.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

1.15pm to 2.00pm Navigating the Compliance Landscape: Tax Implications for Professional Practices

 

  • Gain valuable insights into income tax, GST and state tax considerations
  • Examine strategies that will help you navigate the tax obligations and planning opportunities for establishing and running a successful practice

Presented by Jane Harris, Senior Associate, Brown Wright Stein

Q&A Session: Ask the Experts: Your Practice, Your Questions


The session will conclude with an engaging Q&A. Benefit from the expertise of our panel as they provide insightful guidance to queries regarding setting up a professional practice.

Chair:

Ena Shaw, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Nationally Accredited Mediator, Registered Psychologist

12.30pm to 1.15pm Building the Foundation

 

  • Explore the various business structures available to psychologists when establishing their practices. Gain valuable insights into the pros and cons of being a sole trader, forming a partnership, setting up a trust, or incorporating a company
  • Obtain insights into other areas of law that should be considered at the start-up phase, such as privacy laws and protecting your intellectual property

Presented by Gena Kawaguchi, Partner, Brown Wright Stein

Presenters

Gena Kawaguchi, Partner, Brown Wright Stein
Gena Kawaguchi is an experienced corporate and commercial Partner at Brown Wright Stein Lawyers. Gena assists clients ranging from individuals and SMEs to some of Australia’s largest retailers and publicly listed companies. She works across a wide range of practice areas including Mergers and Acquisitions, Shareholders, Unitholders, Partnership and Joint Venture Agreements, General contract review and drafting, including terms of trade, Competition & Consumer Law, Business Restructuring, Privacy and Finance and Securities. Gena also has experience in property, estate planning, insolvency and general asset protection.

Ena Shaw, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Nationally Accredited Mediator, Registered Psychologist
Ena has a strong passion for mediation since starting in the mediation field over 30 years ago, having worked as a clinical practitioner, academic, researcher and trainer in a wide range of fields of mediation. Because of this, Ena has always worked towards increasing the general awareness of and respect for the profession. In the last three years, as Vice-President of VADR, Ena has had the opportunity to work with and support mediators in all areas of mediation, to understand their concerns and promote mediation to the wider community. Ena was the Chair of the 4th National Mediation Conference in Melbourne, 1998, and Chair of the Board for the 12th National Mediation Conference, Melbourne 2014. In addition, as the Family Dispute Resolution Training Manager at Relationships Australia Victoria, she conducted an extensive range of programs in the mediation field, developing one of the first training programs in Victoria, also assisting Relationships Australia to become a Registered Training Organisation, thus developing the training Programme for the Vocational Diploma of Dispute Resolution. In her private practice, I have extensive experience in the settlement of disputes involving interpersonal relationships such as family law, elder mediation, parent-adolescent, workplace, neighbourhood and gender-based harassment disputes and have conducted extensive training programs for federal, state and local government in all these areas.

Jane Harris, Senior Associate, Brown Wright Stein
Jane Harris CTA is a Senior Associate at Brown Wright Stein Lawyers with over 15 years of experience assisting high net wealth and SME clients with taxation matters. With a background in accounting and business services, Jane provides tax and commercial advice to accountants, small to medium enterprises and private clients. Jane is an admitted Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and holds Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Sydney.

 

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Psychologists and the Law in 2024: Employment Law Explained

Thursday, 9 May 2024

Obtain crucial information on important and recent changes to the employment laws to help you come to grips with the concepts that directly impact psychology practices, such as the laws relating to contractor vs employee considerations, discrimination, sexual harassment and criminalising wage theft plus have an eye out for changes identified to come into force in the future.

Chair:

Dr Amanda White, Registered Psychologist, Neuropsychological & Forensic Services

Description

Attend and earn 1.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

12.30pm to 2.00pm Employment Law Explained

 

  • Understanding the Current Legal Definition of Independent Contractor and Employee
    • Key features of each form of engagement
    • Key scenarios in which contracts have “employment” like benefits
  • Recent Changes to Workplace Laws You Need to Know
    • Requests for flexible working requests under the Fair Work Act 2009
    • Additional discrimination protections
    • Criminalising wage theft
    • Sexual harassment in the workplace
    • New positive duty to eliminate sexual harassment and sex discrimination
  • Other upcoming changes
    • What else is on the reform agenda for 2024?

Presented by Erin Hawthorne, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia and Emma Tullberg, Senior Associate, Seyfarth Shaw Australia

Presenters

Dr Amanda J White, Neuropsychological & Forensic Services
Dr White is an endorsed Forensic Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist with extensive training and experience in the preparation of forensic psychological and neuropsychological reports. She is skilled in the comprehensive assessment of cognitive, behavioural and psychological impairments associated with complex histories, multiple comorbidities and a range of conditions, including acquired brain injury, neurodegenerative disorders, psychological and psychiatric illness, neurological conditions, intellectual disability, substance use disorders and forensic matters including risk assessment. She has extensive experience conducting assessments and reports surrounding decision making and capacity evaluations. She has appeared as an expert witness in the NSW courts and various tribunals.

Erin Hawthorne, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia
Erin is an employment law specialist and an experienced litigator, representing employers when litigation is either unavoidable or advantageous. She has worked in both private practice and in-house roles and uses her experience of having been a client to deliver the best legal strategy through a lens of practicality.

Emma Tullberg, Senior Associate, Seyfarth Shaw Australia
Navigating the complex and ever-changing world of workplace relations, whilst meeting business needs can be challenging for employers. Emma works to assist clients by understanding their needs and goals to deliver practical and considered solutions in line with legal obligations. Emma draws on her experience and unique insights at the Fair Work Commission to assist clients in employment and industrial relations matters. Prior to joining Seyfarth, Emma was associate to Deputy President Young at the Fair Work Commission. During this time, Emma was exposed to a wide range of matters, including industrial action, unfair dismissals, general protections, enterprise agreements, and workplace disputes. Emma approaches problems with a pragmatic, solution-focused mindset. At Seyfarth, she enjoys working alongside preeminent employment and industrial relations, and workplace health and safety solicitors to solve workplace challenges and achieve workplace objectives for leading employers.

 

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Psychologists and the Law in 2024: Professional Conduct and Complaints: The Regulator, Your Client and You

Thursday, 13 June 2024

Don’t be the psychologist with a professional complaint against you. Update your knowledge and understanding of the current approach of the regulators in relation to unsatisfactory conduct and professional misconduct plus obtain guidance on how to navigate a client complaint if it should occur.

Description

Attend and earn 1.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

Chair

Dr Lil Vrklevski, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Director Psychology (Allied Health) and Professional Senior Psychology (Mental Health), Sydney Local Health District; Clinical Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University; Conjoint Lecturer, UNSW; Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University; UoW; Clinical Associate, Sydney University; UTS

12.30pm to 1.15pm Insights from Recent Cases: Lessons Learnt from the Key Decisions Made by the Regulator and the Courts


If a psychologist had been found to have kissed, groped or had sex with a patient, would they no longer be allowed to practise? Explore what the regulator considers unsatisfactory conduct and professional misconduct and covers factual situations such as:

  • When decisions regarding treatment amount to professional misconduct
  • What note-taking deficiencies amount to unsatisfactory conduct
  • How the report you write can lead to a finding against you
  • Have I overcharged or overserviced the client?

Presented by Stephen Moloney, Barrister, Dever’s List

1.15pm to 2.00pm A Client Has Made a Report to AHPRA, What Do I Do Now?

 

  • Different avenues of complaint and action against health service providers:
    • civil claims
    • complaints to regulators
  • The role of the regulators, OHO, HCCC, AHPRA and the National Boards
  • Identifying areas that often lead to complaints or disciplinary action
  • Strategies to deal with disgruntled patients and prevent escalation
  • Insurance

Presented by Scott Ames, Principal, Meridien Lawyers

Presenters

Dr. Lil Vrklevski, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology,
Assoc. Prof. Lil Vrklevski B.A (Hons);LLB; MClinPsych; MBA; Dip.Grad.Research; PhD; MAPS; FCCLP; MACPA; GAICD is the Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology, Sydney Local Health District. Lil has over 30 years’ experience in law and clinical psychology. She has worked clinically in the areas of sexual violence and mental health. Lil is particularly interested in the relationship between the legal and mental health systems as well as the impact of trauma work on professionals. Her research has been in the areas of vicarious trauma, root cause analysis, professional identity and professional roles as well as the role of allied health in public mental health services. Lil developed the Vicarious Trauma Scale (VTS), a brief screening instrument for VT. Lil is a reviewer on Traumatology, The Journal of Patient Safety, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Australasian Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology & Law and is Deputy Chair of the CRGH Human Research Ethics Committee and sits on the NSW Psychology Board. Lil is a Clinical Associate Professor with ACU, clinical associate with the Departments of Psychology at USyd, UTS, WSU, Adjunct Fellow with MQ, UoW, lecturer at COPP and adjunct lecturer UNSW and casual academic with The Australian Institute of Health Service Management (AIHSM) UTAS. She sits on the Industry Advisory Boards with The Schools of Psychology at ACU, UNSW, USyd, and UTS as well as the Academic Board of COPP. Lil is co-chair of the ACI Violence Abuse and Neglect Executive Committee. Lil is a thesis examiner with ACU and MQ Universities and clinically supervises provisionally registered psychologists and clinical psychology registrars from a number of universities as well as lecturing on law and ethics for psychologists.

Mr. Stephen Moloney, Barrister, Dever’s List
Stephen Moloney practises in administrative law, commercial law, negligence, particularly medical negligence and professional discipline. He has been a member of the Victorian Bar since 1991 and is a member of Dever's List. He is the Chairman of the Medicare Participation Review Committee of the Commonwealth, first appointed in 2010 and was recently re-appointed by the Federal Minister of Health. In this role the suitability of health professionals to participate in the Medicare Scheme is determined. He is the immediate past President of The Australian Institute of Administrative Law (Vic Chapter) and the Medico Legal Society of Victoria. He is a former member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Alfred Hospital. He holds a substantial practice in a variety of government regulatory areas including all aspects of the investigation and regulation of health practitioners at both a State and Commonwealth level. He regularly advises and appears for government and its agencies at both a State and Federal level in multiple jurisdictional areas.

Mr. Scott Ames, Principal, Meridian Lawyers
Scott practises as an insurance and litigation lawyer and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2002. He joined Meridian Lawyers in late 2010, relocating to open the firm’s Brisbane office in October 2012. Throughout his career, Scott has accumulated a wealth of experience in health and public and product liability claims in Victoria and Queensland. His interest and expertise has focused on acting for nearly every category of health professional registered under the National Law to defend civil claims. He has particular expertise responding to investigations by statutory health authorities such as AHPRA, the Office of the Health Ombudsman, Medicare, and defends disciplinary proceedings referred by National Boards to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Scott is known for his ability to grasp technical concepts quickly, his caring approach to clients in times of stress and for his pragmatic and uncomplicated advice. Scott has been recognised by Best Lawyers Australia since 2019, for his expertise in Insurance Law. He is a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Medical Law Society of Queensland and the Australian Insurance Law Association. He regularly contributes to industry events and has presented at the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Australian Veterinary Association events.

 

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Psychologists and the Law in 2024: Your Legal Obligations for Safety in the Workplace

Thursday, 25 July 2024

Demystify your WHS obligations with a focus on managing psychosocial hazards and risks at work as well as other safety risks and responsibilities.

12.30pm to 2.00pm Your Legal Obligations for Safety in the Workplace


Managing Psychosocial Hazards and Risks in the Workplace

  • Key elements of the new regulations
  • What are psychosocial hazards and what are not and a rundown of common types of hazards in the workplace
  • Practical steps to take to manage psychosocial risks at work


Case Study on Identifying and Managing Other Safety Risks at Work

  • Examining exposure areas for WHS liability
  • Ensuring there are appropriate practices and systems in place
  • Understanding your obligation under the WHS Act

Presented by Alan Girle, Special Counsel, Macpherson Kelley; Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyers, Doyles Guide 2023 and Dr Trajce Cvetkovski, Course Coordinator OHSE, Managing People and Organisations Discipline, Peter Faber Business School, Faculty of Law and Business, Australian Catholic University

Description

Attend and earn 1.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

Chair

Dr Lil Vrklevski, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Director Psychology (Allied Health) and Professional Senior Psychology (Mental Health), Sydney Local Health District; Clinical Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University; Conjoint Lecturer, UNSW; Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University; UoW; Clinical Associate, Sydney University; UTS

Presenters

Dr. Lil Vrklevski, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology,
Assoc. Prof. Lil Vrklevski B.A (Hons);LLB; MClinPsych; MBA; Dip.Grad.Research; PhD; MAPS; FCCLP; MACPA; GAICD is the Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology, Sydney Local Health District. Lil has over 30 years’ experience in law and clinical psychology. She has worked clinically in the areas of sexual violence and mental health. Lil is particularly interested in the relationship between the legal and mental health systems as well as the impact of trauma work on professionals. Her research has been in the areas of vicarious trauma, root cause analysis, professional identity and professional roles as well as the role of allied health in public mental health services. Lil developed the Vicarious Trauma Scale (VTS), a brief screening instrument for VT. Lil is a reviewer on Traumatology, The Journal of Patient Safety, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Australasian Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology & Law and is Deputy Chair of the CRGH Human Research Ethics Committee and sits on the NSW Psychology Board. Lil is a Clinical Associate Professor with ACU, clinical associate with the Departments of Psychology at USyd, UTS, WSU, Adjunct Fellow with MQ, UoW, lecturer at COPP and adjunct lecturer UNSW and casual academic with The Australian Institute of Health Service Management (AIHSM) UTAS. She sits on the Industry Advisory Boards with The Schools of Psychology at ACU, UNSW, USyd, and UTS as well as the Academic Board of COPP. Lil is co-chair of the ACI Violence Abuse and Neglect Executive Committee. Lil is a thesis examiner with ACU and MQ Universities and clinically supervises provisionally registered psychologists and clinical psychology registrars from a number of universities as well as lecturing on law and ethics for psychologists.

Mr Alan Girle, Special Counsel, Macpherson Kelley
Alan Girle is renowned for being the first port of call when an incident occurs within the Work Health and Safety space. Recognised as an industry expert, Alan has built a reputation amongst clients, and the wider legal community, as a subject matter specialist when it comes to providing occupational health and safety advice. When it comes to government intervention, Alan prides himself on providing straight-talking and honest advice when managing a business’s response. Prior to working as a leading lawyer in regulatory compliance, including safety, environment and transport prosecutions, Alan honed his skills working within government on legislative reform. It’s Alan’s unique skill set and in-depth knowledge of government regulation makes him a clear choice for clients when defending and negotiating government-initiated prosecutions. Alan lends his invaluable assistance by providing key advice on corporate compliance, advising on risk-prevention strategies, and navigating complex matters through to Court. Alan’s achievements include being recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a “Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer” from 2014-2020 and being included in the 2014-2022 Editions of Best Lawyers for “Occupational Health & Safety Law”.

 

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Psychologists and the Law in 2024: The Psychologist and Family Law

Thursday, 29 August 2024

Deepen your understanding of the recent changes to family law affecting parenting matters and laws about family violence, apprehended violence and coercive control. Obtain useful tips to demystify Family Court processes, rules, court orders and agreements. Don’t be left unaware of the family law processes and legal concerns of your clients.

Description

Attend and earn 1.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

Chair:

Ena Shaw, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Nationally Accredited Mediator, Registered Psychologist

12.30pm to 2.00pm What you Need to Know about Family Law to Best Support Your Client Involved in a Family Breakdown

 

  • Changes to family law legislation affecting parenting matters
  • Family violence, apprehended violence and the new rules relating to coercive control
  • Understanding Family Court processes, Family Court rules, court orders and agreements

Presented by Melanie Stern, Family Lawyer; Accredited Specialist in Family Law

Presenters

Ms Melanie Stern, Family Lawyer
Melanie Stern is a family law specialist accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales. Melanie has worked in top family law firms and has also worked as a legal associate to Judges of the Family Court of Australia where she gained invaluable experience. In 2018, Melanie was recognised in the Doyle’s Guide as a “Rising Star” in family law. Melanie provides expert advice and representation in a broad range of legal matters, including family law (divorce, parenting matters, property, complex financial issues, child support, spouse maintenance and de facto relationships) and estate matters (including family provision, wills and probate). Between 2016 and 2019, Melanie provided advice on a volunteer basis for the NSW Women's Legal Service. She holds BLArch(Hons); DipPM; LLB; Master of Applied Law (Family Law) and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Eastern Suburbs Law Society. She is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Ena Shaw, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Nationally Accredited Mediator, Registered Psychologist
Ena has a strong passion for mediation since starting in the mediation field over 30 years ago, having worked as a clinical practitioner, academic, researcher and trainer in a wide range of fields of mediation. Because of this, Ena has always worked towards increasing the general awareness of and respect for the profession. In the last three years, as Vice-President of VADR, Ena has had the opportunity to work with and support mediators in all areas of mediation, to understand their concerns and promote mediation to the wider community. Ena was the Chair of the 4th National Mediation Conference in Melbourne, 1998, and Chair of the Board for the 12th National Mediation Conference, Melbourne 2014. In addition, as the Family Dispute Resolution Training Manager at Relationships Australia Victoria, she conducted an extensive range of programs in the mediation field, developing one of the first training programs in Victoria, also assisting Relationships Australia to become a Registered Training Organisation, thus developing the training Programme for the Vocational Diploma of Dispute Resolution. In her private practice, I have extensive experience in the settlement of disputes involving interpersonal relationships such as family law, elder mediation, parent-adolescent, workplace, neighbourhood and gender-based harassment disputes and have conducted extensive training programs for federal, state and local government in all these areas.

 

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