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The Justice Health Research Program has recently been established at the Kirby Institute. The head of the Justice Health Research Program, Professor Tony Butler, has worked on a range of projects in the justice health area involving adult and juvenile prisoners, those serving community-based sentences, and ex-offenders. This work involves surveillance of blood-borne viruses and STIs in the form of the triennial National prison entrants' bloodborne virus and risk behaviour survey, the conduct of several large population-based surveys of prisoners, examining mental health issues, substance use, and the development of national indicators for prisoners' health. Recent attention has focused on developing interventions and examining the health antecedents of offending. One data-linkage study is examining whether traumatic brain injury has a role to play in offending behaviour.
Indigenous people are disproportionately over represented in criminal justice system and form an important part of this work. A National Health and Medical Research Council capacity building grant in the Indigenous offender health area is helping to develop a cohort of researchers for the justice health field.
Abstract adapted from the Justice Health Research Program
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