The Winston S. Rickards Memorial Oration, to be delivered by Dr Patricia Brown, Clinical Psychologist, on Monday, 20th March 2017 at 7.30pm in the Ella Latham Theatre, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria.
Clinical Director of the Children’s Court Clinic in the Department of Justice,
Victoria, Dr Brown is well known across Australia and overseas as a champion of
the rights and wellbeing of the most vulnerable children and young people in
our communities. These are of course those who may be, or have been, removed
from the care of their parents, and those who may have committed serious
crimes. Her understanding of the complex societal and psychological issues
underlying the difficulties faced by these children and teenagers, and her
compassion for them in the context of their encounter with the Children’s
Court, are nothing short of inspirational. In the Oration, Dr Brown will speak
of the challenges in responding to the requests of the Clinic made by the
Children’s Court Magistrates, and in advocating for the psychological needs of
the children and young people involved, often in controversial circumstances.
She will also describe her role in advancing the practice of the Clinic, and in
shaping forensic clinical psychology as a specialisation in Australia.
The event is free, but it would be appreciated if you could RSVP to Jacinta.Bleeser@gmail.com