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Understanding cognitive impairment and forensic disability services.

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Wednesday 14th August 2024

Seminar | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM


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

The fifth session of our popular Twilight series considers people with cognitive impairments involved in the criminal justice system who require access to specialist forensic support and treatment, or who require additional supports to enable them to access mainstream forensic services. 

You will explore topics such as: 

  • cognitive impairments including neurological disability, acquired brain injury and intellectual disability  
  • DFFH Forensic Disability Services, including disability justice coordination and clinical services 
  • court-based supports for people with disability 
  • NDIS and the justice system 
  • treatment and/or behavioural change options for people with cognitive impairment 
  • useful factors when sentencing people with cognitive impairment. 

Event speakers

  • Dr Matt Frize, Director, Forensic Disability Services, Department of Families, Fairness & Housing 
  • David Pearce, Manager, Disability Justice Coordination, Department of Families, Fairness & Housing