Forum: Mental Illness and Children in Family Law

The forum was focused around key note speaker Professor Louise Newman who framed the topic, followed by representatives of the Federal Court and Victoria Police who were invited to provide a perspective on the issues raised by Professor Newman. Professor Louise Newman, a noted psychiatrist with expertise in disorders of early parenting and attachment difficulties in infants, presented on parenting capacity and the impact mental illness can have. She spoke about the common mental disorders disruptive to parenting and the impact on the children within these circumstances. The Professor noted that mental illness can result in disrupted care and neglect of children, as well as long term separati

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