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Join us for the third twilight in our 2021 series marking the 30-year anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Successive reports over decades have shown troubling rates of incarceration among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. 

Our presenters will discuss the neuro-developmental and psychological factors impacting young children and adolescents with specific focus on the higher rates of developmental trauma in First Nations adolescents. 

The session will address how best to manage children and young people who present with a range of developmental and learning problems in the courtroom. 

Introduction by Magistrate Jennifer Bowles, Children’s Court of Victoria.

Supported by the Judicial Officers Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee (JOACAC).

While this program is designed for judicial officers, the learning outcomes may be appropriate for some non-judicial roles. Please contact us to express your interest.
 

Location

Zoom Webinar

Dr Harris

Dr Katrina Harris

Dr Katrina Harris is a Paediatrician, Head of Developmental and Community Paediatrics at Monash Children’s Hospital and the recently established Victorian Fetal Alcohol Service (VicFAS). She has worked in public hospital paediatric settings for over 20 years with children with neurodevelopmental differences; children with challenges in thinking, learning, behaviour, social and communication skills.

Dr Marshall Watson

Dr Marshall Watson

Dr Marshall Watson is a descendant of the Noongar people of the South West of Western Australia. Working as a child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist in South Australia, he is the clinical lead of the Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Magistrate Bowles

Magistrate Jennifer Bowles

Magistrate Jennifer Bowles was appointed in 1998 and has sat for over half that time in the Children’s Court of Victoria. Magistrate Bowles has worked on numerous projects, including the establishment of the Sexual Offences List (2009) in the Criminal Division of the Melbourne Children’s Court. She is the supervising Magistrate of the Children’s Koori Court.

Dr Harris

Dr Katrina Harris

Dr Katrina Harris is a Paediatrician, Head of Developmental and Community Paediatrics at Monash Children’s Hospital and the recently established Victorian Fetal Alcohol Service (VicFAS). She has worked in public hospital paediatric settings for over 20 years with children with neurodevelopmental differences; children with challenges in thinking, learning, behaviour, social and communication skills.

Dr Marshall Watson

Dr Marshall Watson

Dr Marshall Watson is a descendant of the Noongar people of the South West of Western Australia. Working as a child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist in South Australia, he is the clinical lead of the Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Magistrate Bowles

Magistrate Jennifer Bowles

Magistrate Jennifer Bowles was appointed in 1998 and has sat for over half that time in the Children’s Court of Victoria. Magistrate Bowles has worked on numerous projects, including the establishment of the Sexual Offences List (2009) in the Criminal Division of the Melbourne Children’s Court. She is the supervising Magistrate of the Children’s Koori Court.