6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Federal Court
Queens Square

Topic: “Lifting the Judicial Veil – vicarious trauma, PTSD and the Judiciary: A personal story”

Speaker: His Honour Magistrate David Heilpern

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About the Speakers

Magistrate David Heilpern LLB, LLM attended public High School in rural New South Wales, and attended law schools at University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and Australian National University. He started practice with the Australian Government Solicitor and then went into private practice on the North Coast of New South Wales specialising in criminal law. He undertook many high profile test cases representing drug law reform and environmental groups. Whilst continuing to practice, David was part of a small team that successfully lobbied for a Law School at Southern Cross University. He became a senior lecturer in criminal law and eventually Acting Head of School. David has published four books, several chapters in edited works and over twenty journal articles. In early 1999 David was appointed as a Magistrate and undertook country service in the West of New South Wales then Batemans Bay and then Byron Bay and Lismore. In between, David was the senior civil Magistrate for NSW for five years.  David regularly writes papers on current issues in criminal justice, and has over 40 Local Court reported decisions. He is a long serving member of the Chief Magistrates education committee, and is senior faculty member of the Orientation Program, a position he has held for 13 years. He also trains magistrates interstate and overseas on a regular basis.


Dr Greg de Moore is a psychiatrist, author and historian. An Associate Professor of Psychiatry, based at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, his clinical work has focused on psychiatric problems in the medically ill, and on deliberate self-harm. He has a long-standing interest in the training and welfare of junior doctors.




Ms Julie Blyth is the Clinical Advisor at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and  co-designed and implemented the Well at Work Program to address and prevent vicarious trauma for staff. She has a Social Work background and worked extensively in counselling, training and consultancy in responding  to the trauma of violence and abuse.

TJMF would like to acknowledge and thank the Federal Court of Australia, Eaton Capital Partners and the Law Society of New South Wales for their support and assistance.