Practice Workshop - Substance abuse and its impact on parenting capacity in child protection and family law matters-what are we worried about? : 24 November 2015

  • 24 November 2015
  • 4:30 PM
  • Grant Thornton Offices, Level 18, 145 Ann Street, Brisbane (Webinar also available)


  • Current FLPA Members
  • Webinar access for CPPAQ Members
  • Webinar access for FLPA Members
  • Webinar access for Non Members

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CPPAQ Practice Workshop

Substance abuse and its impact on parenting capacity in child protection and family law matters-what are we worried about?

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Registration: 4.30pm
Workshop: 5-7pm
Drinks & Networking to follow

Cost $33 CPPAQ and FLPA Members
$55 Non Members

Workshop Chair:

Ann Gummow, Senior Lawyer from Knowmore Legal.  Knowmore Legal was established to support those appearing before the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Most recently she acted as the temporary Chair of the Crime and Corruption Commission. Ann has spent the last 23 years working as a lawyer at Women’s Legal Service in Brisbane, a commissioner at the Crime and Misconduct Commission and university lecturing.

Workshop Panel Members:

Dr Charles Appleton MBBS (Qld) FRCPA - Pathologist in Charge (Biochemistry) at QML.  Dr Appleton is the Director of Biochemistry and Toxicology at QML having completed specialist training with the Royal College of Pathologists Australia. He acts as an expert advisor to AHPRA, QMERIT and to lawyers involved in private family law matters, occupational health advisors and medical review doctors as well as medical drug rehabilitation units.

Jeff Buckley Director
- Statewide Clinical Support Services at Alcohol and Drug Services Queensland Health. Jeff is a Social Worker has 15 years of wide ranging experience in youth work across youth homelessness, alcohol and drug work, community development and child protection  practice. His current position within Metro North Hospital and Health Services as the Director of Statewide Clinical Support Services is responsible for alcohol and other drug training, education and workforce development across Queensland.

Professor Sharon Dawe - Griffith University School of Applied Psychology
Dr Dawe has been working in the field of substance misuse and mental health for over 20 years. Sharon is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University South Australia and an Honorary Professor, Warwick University (UK). Her most recent work involves developing and evaluating the Parents Under Pressure (PUP) program. This program has been adopted across Australia and is currently undergoing rigorous evaluation in the UK funded by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Deputy Chief Magistrate O'Shea, Children's Court Magistrate

Her Honour Judge Demack
- Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Judge Demack was appointed as a Federal Magistrate at Brisbane in 2008 and was formerly a barrister in private practice in Rockhampton.  She also was a member of the Children Services Tribunal and Central Queensland Parole Board. She holds degrees in social work and law. Her socialwork practice included work in community corrections, domestic violence and rape support and counselling and the recruitment and training of foster carers. Her practice at the Bar had an emphasis on family law, child protection work, mediations, estate work, and crime. Judge Demack has a particular interest in parenting matters, child protection issues and parents being assisted with the resolution of their disputes.

Cancellations non-refundable; substitute permitted.
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