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Dr Ashley Dunne, research fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, has been awarded the Maconochie Prize.

Dr Ashley Dunne awarded the Maconochie Prize by Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychologists

Dr Ashley Dunne, a research fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, has been awarded the Maconochie Prize by the Australian Psychological Society of Forensic Psychologists. “Being in the early stages of my research career, I was extremely ecstatic and honoured to have won the Maconochie Prize,” Ashley said. “It is a really meaningful achievement for my work to be recognised and so highly regarded by the Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychologists—the peak body of forensic psychology in Australia.” Ashley’s research: exploring maladaptive schemas and schema modes The [...]

Using occupational therapy and art therapy to support mental health at Thomas Embling Hospital: supporting mental health through art.

A joint approach: Using occupational and art therapy to support mental health recovery at Thomas Embling Hospital

Once a wall blank and bare now sits a stunning coastline mural, created by the patients on Thomas Embling Hospital’s Daintree Unit. A symbol of achievement, overcoming fears and fond beachside memories, the mural—lovingly dubbed as Whale Beach— is so much more than a beautiful addition to the unit’s art room. “Creating art has a huge benefit for a person’s mental health and well-being,” Art Therapist Abigail Reisner said. “It’s a beneficial and therapeutic outlet—particularly in a group setting. As the project evolved, patients [...]

Taking part in building a better mental health system

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design a mental health system that recognises the needs of forensicare consumers. All forensic consumers deserve access to care that is humane, safe, respectful of their rights, supportive of individual needs, facilitates recovery, and is provided in the least restrictive way.  Recently, witness statements from Forensicare Executive Director of Clinical Services Danny Sullivan and Board Director Sue Williams have been released and added to the RCVMHS website. Both statements speak to their area of expertise and experience within the mental health and justice system.  Witness Statements from our [...]

Celebrating Forensicare's mental health services in Victoria's mental health and criminal justice system.

Beyond Thomas Embling Hospital: Forensicare’s expansion across Victoria’s mental health and criminal justice system

There’s much more to Forensicare than Thomas Embling Hospital. It’s true: the hospital is absolutely vital in providing much-needed care for Victorians living with a serious mental illness—but Forensicare’s importance spans across the entire mental health and criminal justice system, from prison and community mental health services, to court support, and specialist area mental health advice and support services. Providing support for Victoria’s mental health and criminal justice system As the state’s leading provider of forensic mental health services, we make a difference to so [...]

Doug Bell and Sam Pang recognised by RANZCP with awards for forensic psychiatry

Two Forensicare psychiatrists honoured by Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Forensicare’s Dr Douglas Bell and Dr Sam Pang have been honoured by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) with the Ian Simpson Award and the Medlicott Award. Recognising Dr Douglas Bell A Consultant Psychiatrist at Melbourne Assessment Prison, Dr Douglas Bell will be awarded the Ian Simpson Award, which acknowledges the most outstanding contributions to clinical psychiatry as assessed through service to patients, and to the community. “It’s a great honour to be selected by my peers in [...]