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The Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG) has launched an online version of its biannual newsletter through the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.
The IOHR-CBG newsletter aims to promote sharing of knowledge and supports the capacity of researchers to disseminate information on Indigenous offender health. The newsletter seeks to not only share and promote the progress and achievements of IOHR-CBG members but also provide an accessible forum for disseminating those findings to a wider audience as well as anyone interested in the health and wellbeing of Indigenous offenders.
'The IOHR-CBG newsletter is a great way to share our work and to get the message out that work is being done in this area of community concern and that the work is being done by Aboriginal researchers,' commented Michael Doyle, IOHR-CBG team investigator.
IOHR-CBG, a network of researchers in the area of Indigenous offender health and part of the From Broome to Berrima: building capacity Australia-wide in Indigenous offender health research project, targets research areas critical to the health of Indigenous offenders. Projects include investigations into mental health, substance use, blood borne viruses, the impact of incarceration on Indigenous communities, and models of care for Indigenous offenders.
Through the network, Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory collaborate and share their research and findings with the aim of contributing to more effective health services for Indigenous offenders.
The IOHR-CBG network is seen as an avenue for generating evidence-based solutions to the over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison. Professor Tony Butler from the Justice health research program at the Kirby Institute said, ‘The over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison rates is one of Australia's greatest social policy failings. Importantly, the project is developing a team of Indigenous researchers to generate evidence-based solutions which address this through research into justice reinvestment, alcohol treatment, juvenile criminal justice pathways and preventing re-offending through post-release family support.'
With offender populations known to endure a greater health burden compared with the general community, the IOHR-CBG newsletter represents an opportunity to contribute to improving health outcomes for Indigenous offenders and the communities they return to.
Previous and current versions of the IOHR-CBG newsletter will now be publically available from the index page of the offender health site. To subscribe to the newsletter (and receive it by email) contact Paul at: email@example.com.
Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group
Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society
University of New South Wales
Ph: (02) 9385 9263