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Tuesday 3rd October 2023

Seminar | 4:45 PM-6:00 PM


Mental illness and drug dependency are common in people appearing in the criminal justice system. Yet they often don’t get the support they need.

In Part 2 of this series, join Professor Nicole Lee, psychologist and leader in alcohol and other drug policy and practice, to gain a current understanding of treatment and recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.

You will learn about the latest thinking for ‘what works’ in substance addiction treatment and recovery. 

You will also explore:

  • treatment options, pathways, referrals and case management, including why and when different treatment options are used
  • what to expect from treatment options, and a practical understanding of identifiable ‘progress markers’ in individuals’ presentation in court
  • how to talk with people about drug and alcohol addiction and treatment to support behaviour change.

To register for part 3 of this three part series CLICK HERE >


Professor Nicole Lee
Professor Nicole Lee is an international leader in best practice health responses, with 33 years’ experience in policy and practice implementation in alcohol and other drugs, mental health and community health. She is Adjunct Professor at the National Drug Research Institute Curtin University, Founder and CEO at 360Edge, Board Member and CEO at Hello Sunday Morning and Board Member at The Loop Australia. Nicole is a member of the Australian National Council on Alcohol and other Drugs (ANACAD) and is the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Alcohol and other Drug Adviser.
County Court of Victoria
Judge Paul Higham
Judge Paul Higham was appointed as a Judge of the County Court in August 2017. In January 2018 His Honour took on the role of Head of the Sexual Offences List at the Court. In May 2021 His Honour was gazetted as the Inaugural Head of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court. Prior to His Honour’s appointment, he had career in the law spanning more than 35 years. Judge Higham was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1982 where he practised solely in crime, appearing in many criminal trials, including international drug trials, money laundering and corporate fraud matters and murder trials. He also practiced nationally as a defence advocate in numerous sexual offence cases, including those alleging historic abuse, and has lectured in this area. While in England, he was a founding member of the Bar Lesbian and Gay group, which received the official endorsement of the British Bar Council. His Honour relocated to Melbourne in 2005 and was admitted in 2006, practicing as in-house Counsel for a large Melbourne criminal law firm, before signing the Bar Roll in 2007. He practised exclusively in the field of criminal defence work and ancillary human rights law, and appeared in numerous trials in both the County and Supreme Courts. His Honour also appeared in the Victorian Court of Appeal.