Mental Health and Psychiatry

Program Director

Dr Chris Ryan

Sydney Researchers

Dr Michael Robertson
Prof Cameron Stewart
Prof Terry Carney
Dr Sascha Callaghan

Research Students

Edwina Light



Robertson, M, Walter G., Ethics and mental health: the patient, profession, and community, CRC Press, United Kingdom, 2013.

Carney T, Tait D, Perry J, Vernon A, Beaupert F. Australian Mental Health Tribunals: ‘Space’ for Fairness, Freedom, Protection & Treatment? Sydney: Themis/NSW Law Foundation, 2011.

Kerridge I, Lowe, M & Stewart, C. Ethics and Law for the Health Professions (3rd ed), Federation Press: Australia, 2009.

Stewart C, Kerridge I & Parker M. The Australian Medico-Legal Handbook, Elsevier: Australia, 2008.

Carney T, Tait D, Touyz S, Ingvarson M, Saunders D, Wakefield A. Managing Anorexia Nervosa: Clinical, Legal & Social Perspectives on Involuntary Treatment. New York: Nova Science, 2006.

Journal Articles


Light E, Robertson M, Boyce P, Carney T, Rosen A, Cleary M, Hunt G, O’Connor N, Ryan C, Kerridge, I. The lived experience of involuntary community treatment: a qualitative study of mental health consumers and carers. Australasian Psychiatry. 2014;22(4):345-51.

Light E. The epistemic challenges of CTOs: Commentary on ... Community treatment orders. The Psychiatric Bulletin. 2014; 38(1):6-8.


Light E, Kerridge I, Ryan C, Robertson M. Community Treatment Orders: rates of use in Australia. Australasian Psychiatry. 2012;20(6):478-82

Light E, Kerridge I, Ryan C, Robertson M. Out of sight, out of mind: Making involuntary community treatment visible in the mental health system. Medical Journal of Australia. 2012 21 May 2012 196(9):591-3.

Large M, Ryan C, Nielssen O. Minority report on violence risk assessment. The Psychiatrist. 2012; 36(1): 36.


Callaghan S, Ryan CJ. Refusing medical treatment after attempted suicide. Journal of Law and Medicine. 2011 (in press).

Large MM, Ryan CJ, Paton M, Nielssen O B, Singh S. The predictive value of risk categorization in schizophrenia. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2011; 19: 25-33.

Ryan CJ. Capacity as a determinant of non-consensual treatment of the mentally ill in Australia. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 2011 (in press).

Ryan CJ. One flu over the cuckoo's nest: comparing legislated coervice treatment for mental illness and other illness. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 2011; 8 (1): 87-93.

Ryan CJ, Callaghan S. Clarification of the serious harm criterion for involuntary detention. Newsletter of the NSW Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. 2011; (December): 14-15.


Large MM, Ryan CJ, Nielssen OB. Helpful and unhelpful risk assessment practices [Letter]. Psychiatric Services. 2010; 61(5): 530.

Ryan CJ, Callaghan S. Legal and ethical aspects of refusing medical treatment after a suicide attempt: the Wooltorton case in the Australian context. Medical Journal of Australia. 2010; 193: 239-42.

Ryan CJ, Callaghan S, Large M. Long time, no see. Australians with mental illnesses wait too long before independent review of detention. Alternative Law Journal. 2010; 35(3): 137-38.

Ryan CJ, Callaghan S, Large M.. Proposed changes to the function of the Mental Health Act will erode patient rights. Newsletter of the NSW Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. 2010 (April): 10-11.

Ryan C, Nielssen O, Paton M, Large M. Clinical decisions in psychiatry should not be based on risk assessment. Australasian Psychiatry. 2010; 18(5): 398-403.

2009 and earlier

Large M, Ryan CJ, Nielssen O, Hayes R. The danger of dangerousness. An argument against the dangerousness criterion in mental health acts. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2008; 34: 877-81.

Large M, Neilssen O, Ryan CJ, Hayes R. Mental health acts that require dangerousness for involuntary admission may delay the initial treatment of schizophrenia. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2008; 43: 251-56.

Nielssen O, Large M, Ryan CJ, Hayes R. Legal implications of the increased risk of homicide and serious violence in the first episode of psychotic illness. Criminal Law Journal. 2007; 31: 287-94.