National forensic mental health project: A national research project to ascertain the views of system stakeholders hosted by the Forensic SIG

Principles for forensic mental health form the foundation for service delivery, policy and planning. Our group has conducted a national consultation process to ascertain multiple stakeholder perspectives regarding what is most important for forensic mental health systems in Australia.

Australia’s National Statement of Principles for Forensic Mental Health has not been reviewed or updated since its establishment in 2006. Since this time, our approaches to human rights, standards relating to service delivery, recognition of the importance of First Nations culture and of the value of lived experience in shaping policy and service planning have evolved.

Our aim for this project was to explore and describe the awareness, experiences, and views of a broad range of system stakeholders in relation to principles for forensic mental health, to identify points of overlap and divergence, and potential directions for future co-designed principles.

A four-month consultation period was conducted in 2022 with the following stakeholder groups: individuals, family members, carers with lived and living experience of forensic mental health, forensic mental health service providers, chief psychiatrists, police, courts/justice representatives, corrective services, non-government providers and Mental Health Commission representatives.

This session will provide an overview of the project including our findings and recommendations.

This work has the potential to support enhancements in forensic mental health in Australia with processes that are inclusive of the views of those with lived experience and other system stakeholders.

Presenter: Dr Fiona Davidson

Dr Fiona Davidson is a mental health nurse and is the Research and Evaluation Coordinator for the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service. Her role is to foster research opportunities within the service and take a supporting role in research and evaluation projects across the range of the components that form the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service.

Fiona has recently completed a PhD with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Offender Health. Her doctoral research is in the area of court-based approaches to mental health diversion in Australia.

Fiona has experience in clinical service provision, policy development, education, training, research and evaluation in mental health and alcohol and other drug services


Wednesday 12 October 2022


6pm - 7pm (AEDT)






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