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The Passports to advantage: health and capacity building as a basis for social integration project is run by the Justice Health Working Group (Burnet Institute) and the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre. The project aims to conduct a randomised controlled trial of a health-based post-release intervention for adult prisoners in Queensland (Qld). Participants undergo a comprehensive health assessment prior to release, and before release receive a 'health passport' which will encourage and empower them to seek out appropriate health and psychosocial support in their local community. Participants also receive telephone support from trained support staff in the first four weeks following release. These four weeks are known to be a critical time for the reintegration of ex-prisoners.
The impact of the intervention will be assessed through telephone interviews one, three, and six months post-release, and by accessing correctional and health records for participants two years post-release. The findings of the study will inform the development of evidence-based post-release interventions for prisoners in Australia and elsewhere, as well as providing an unprecedented insight into the post-release experiences of prisoners in Qld.
Abstract adapted from Justice Health Working Group (Burnet Institute)
Associate Professor Mark A Stoové
Head of Justice Health Research
Ph: (03) 8506 2301
Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre
Professor Jake Najman
Ph: (07) 3365 5180