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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

General

This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database relating to the health of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offender population in general. The references include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2014

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014)

Recorded crime - offenders, 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Human Rights Commission (2014)

Equal before the law: towards disability justice strategies.

Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission

This report by the Australian Human Rights Commission provides insight of where equality does not exist for Australian people with disabilities in the criminal justice system. This is particularly relevant for Indigenous people who have disabilities and are in contact with the justice system, seeking equality. The report findings resulted from a wide-ranging consultation process to identify how people with disabilities, deal with the barriers they experience to equality before the law. The report also highlights services and programs that improve equality before the law for people with disabilities, and sets some directions by which change may occur.

Abstract adapted from Equal before the law: towards disability justice strategies

Bricknell S, Boxall H, Andrevski H (2014)

Male victims of non-sexual and non-domestic violence: service needs and experiences in court.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Carlton B, Segrave M (2014)

‘They died of a broken heart’: connecting women's experiences of trauma and criminalisation to survival and death post-imprisonment.

The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice; 53(3): 270-289

Carnes R (2014)

Unsettling white noise: yarning about Aboriginal education in Western Australian prisons.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Murdoch University: Perth

Carroll M, Kinner SA, Heffernan EB (2014)

Medication use and knowledge in a sample of Indigenous and non-Indigenous prisoners.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(2): 142-146

Curran L (2014)

Widening the gap - Indigenous affairs.

Dissent; 44(autumn/winter): 36-38

Durey A, Wynaden D, O'Kane M (2014)

Improving forensic mental health care to Indigenous Australians: theorizing the intercultural space.

Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; 21(4): 296–302

Forsyth SJ, Alati R, Ober C, Williams GM, Kinner SA (2014)

Striking subgroup differences in substance-related mortality after release from prison.

Addiction; Accepted articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12646):

Frost M (2014)

The three rules of being Aboriginal: anxiety and violence in central Australia.

Australian Aboriginal Studies; 2014(1): 88-96

Grant E (2014)

Approaches to the design and provision of prison accommodation and facilities for Australian Indigenous prisoners after the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 17(1): 47-55

Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales (2014)

Indigenous people’s experience of multiple legal problems and multiple disadvantage - a working paper.

Updating Justice; January 2014(36): 1-9

O'Hara R (2014)

Perspectives on Indigenous crime in a remote community.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(12): 15-19

Shepherd SM, Adams Y, McEntyre E, Walker R (2014)

Violence risk assessment in Australian Aboriginal offender populations: a review of the literature..

Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/law0000017):

Shepherd SM (2014)

Finding color in conformity: a commentary on culturally specific risk factors for violence in Australia.

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology; OnlineFirst(http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306624X14540492):

Simpson J (2014)

Participants or just policed: guide to the role of the National Disability Insurance Scheme with people with intellectual disability who have contact with the criminal justice system.

Sydney: New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability

Sodhi-Berry N, Knuiman M, Alan J, Morgan VA, Preen DB (2014)

Pre-sentence mental health service use predicts post-sentence mortality in a population cohort of first-time adult offenders.

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00127-014-0919-8):

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Indigenous people. The 2014 report highlights key information about the provision of mainstream services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report contains information on the following:

  • public hospital procedures reported by Indigenous status
  • Australian government public and community health expenditure on Indigenous primary healthcare services
  • school education
  • child protection services
  • vocational educations and training
  • police services
  • corrective services
  • mental health management
  • aged care services
  • disability services
  • youth justice services
  • housing
  • homelessness services.

This 12th edition of the compendium reflects several improvements in reporting by Indigenous status, including Indigenous students' science literacy outcomes and separations from selected hospital procedures for Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: justice: volume C.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Thomas E, Degenhardt L, Alati R, Kinner S (2014)

Predictive validity of the AUDIT for hazardous alcohol consumption in recently released prisoners.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 134: 322-329

Victorian Ombudsman (2014)

Investigation into deaths and harm in custody.

Melbourne: Victorian Ombudsman

Weatherburn D (2014)

Arresting incarceration : pathways out of Indigenous imprisonment.

Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press

Wilson HA, Gutierrez L (2014)

Does one size fit all? A meta-analysis examining the predictive ability of the level of service inventory (LSI) with Aboriginal offenders.

Criminal Justice and Behavior; 41(2): 196 - 219

2013

Allard T, Chrzanowski A, Stewart A (2013)

Targeting crime prevention to reduce offending: identifying communities that generate chronic and costly offenders.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Allison F, Cunneen C (2013)

Indigenous Justice Agreements.

Sydney: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse

Anthony T, Blagg H (2013)

STOP in the name of who's law? Driving and the regulation of contested space in Central Australia.

Social and Legal Studies; 22(1): 43-66

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)

Prisoners in Australia, 2012.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)

Prisoners in Australia, 2013.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This report provides information collected as part of the National Prisoner Census about persons held in Australian prisons on 30 June 2013. It provides detailed information on:

  • characteristics of prisoners nationally
  • characteristics of prisoners in each state and territory
  • characteristics of Indigenous prisoners.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Human Rights Commission (2013)

Value of a justice reinvestment approach: Australian Human Rights Commission submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

This report by the Australian Human Rights Commission recommends the adoption of justice reinvestment policy approach. It outlines two main recommendations:

  • the Australian Government, in partnership with state and territory governments, funds justice reinvestment trials in selected Indigenous communities where there is a high level of imprisonment. Pilots should be accompanied by a robust research and evaluation strategy
  • the Australian Government and state and territory governments commit to justice targets as part of the 'closing the gap' strategy.

This report also provides details on:

  • the aims of justice reinvestment
  • the economic and community costs of imprisonment
  • justice reinvestment for Indigenous people and vulnerable groups.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Criminology (2013)

Australian crime: facts and figures: 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

The role of community patrols in improving safety in Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Community patrols have the potential to increase Indigenous community safety, helping to reduce crime rates and alcohol-related harm and empower the local community. The most successful community patrols tend to enjoy community involvement and ownership and strong collaboration with police and a network of community services. This paper summarises the key evidence in support of community patrols. It includes detailed information on:

  • what is currently known about community patrols, including 'what works', and what is not known
  • safety and crime in Indigenous communities
  • the history of Indigenous community patrols in Australia, and the support they receive from levels of government
  • the evidence in support of community patrols
  • best practice for community patrols
  • the evidence gaps.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Comparisons between the youth and adult justice systems: 2011–12 (2013)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

The health of Australia's prisoners 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Breen H, Hing N, Gordon A (2013)

Indigenous Australian gambling crime and possible interventions: a qualitative study.

Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health; 3(4):

Butler T, Malacova E, Richters J, Yap L, Grant L, Richards A, Smith AMA, Donovan B (2013)

Sexual behaviour and sexual health of Australian prisoners.

Sexual Health; 10(1): 64-73

Chan A, Payne J (2013)

Homicide in Australia: 2008–09 to 2009–10 National Homicide Monitoring Program annual report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Cunneen C (2013)

Time to arrest rising Aboriginal prison rates.

Insight; (8): 22-24

Day A, Francisco A, Jones R (2013)

Programs to improve interpersonal safety in Indigenous communities: evidence and issues.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Dias S, Ware RS, Kinner SA, Lennox NG (2013)

Physical health outcomes in prisoners with intellectual disability: a cross-sectional study.

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; 57(12): 1191–1196

Ferrante AM (2013)

Assessing the influence of "standard" and "culturally specific" risk factors on the prevalence and frequency of offending: the case of Indigenous Australians.

Race and Justice; 3(1): 58-82

Fitts MS, Palk GR, Jacups SP (2013)

Alcohol restrictions and drink driving in remote Indigenous communities in Queensland, Australia.

Paper presented at the The 23rd Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference. 26-29 May 2013, Montreal

Fitts MS, Palk GR, Lennon AJ, Clough AR (2013)

What are the offence and offender risk factors for Indigenous repeat drink drivers in Queensland?.

Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety; 24(2): 39-47

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Fitts MS, Palk GR, Lennon AJ, Clough AR (2013)

Why do Indigenous Australians drink and drive? A qualitative exploration of self-reported influences on drink driving behaviours of Indigenous peoples from remote communities.

Paper presented at the The 23rd Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference. 26-29 May 2013, Montreal

Gooda M, Priday E, McDermott L (2013)

Looking beyond offenders to the needs of victims and communities.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(5): 13-17

Grace J, Krom I, Maling C, Butler T, Midford R, Simpson P (2013)

Review of Indigenous offender health (updated).

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Grant E (2013)

West Kimberley Regional Prison.

Architecture Australia; July/August(102): 74-84

Guthrie J (2013)

Senate inquiry into the value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia.

Canberra: National Centre for Indigenous Studies

This report was submitted to the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitution Affairs Inquiry into the value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia on behalf of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) at The Australian National University, the Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group, and researchers on an Australian Research Council funded research project. This report provided the following recommendations to the Australian Government:

  • enact uniform Commonwealth and state legislation to establish an Australian Justice Reinvestment Authority that has a mandate to comprehensively implement and evaluate justice reinvestment policy
  • allocate adequate 'start-up' funding to establish the Authority
  • through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), work with all jurisdictions to determine agreed levels, targets and timeframes by which incarceration levels in each jurisdiction will be reduced
  • through COAG, negotiate the amendment of Commonwealth and state and territory criminal and other relevant laws, to ensure incarceration rates for certain categories of offence are at the very least held static, thereby allowing diversion of saved funds to justice reinvestment initiatives which would be monitored through the Authority.

Abstract adapted from Jill Guthrie

Haysom L, Indig D, Moore E, Hardy LL, van den Dolder PA (2013)

Prevalence and perceptions of overweight and obesity in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people in custody.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(4): 266-270

Hudson S (2013)

Panacea to prison? Justice reinvestment in Indigenous communities.

St Leonards, NSW: Centre for Independent Studies

Jackomos A (2013)

Victoria's Aboriginal justice agreements.

Insight; (8): 25

Lyneham M, Hewitt-Rau A (2013)

Motor vehicle pursuit-related fatalities in Australia, 2000–11.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Maxwell Y, Day A, Casey S (2013)

Understanding the needs of vulnerable prisoners: the role of social and emotional wellbeing.

International Journal of Prisoner Health; 9(2): 57-67

McCay A (2013)

The 'Fernando' principles and genetic vulnerabilities to the crimogenic effects of social environments.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(6): 9-13

Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (2013)

Evaluation of the Murri women's group and men's group - NWQICSS Indigenous justice program : community report.

Mount Isa, Qld: Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University

Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (2013)

Summary of findings from the NWQICSS justice program evaluation.

Mount Isa, Qld: Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University

Mutch R, Watkins R, Jones H, Bower C (2013)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: knowledge, attitudes and practice within the Western Australian justice system.

Perth, WA: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples (2013)

National justice policy.

Sydney: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples (2013)

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on the value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia.

Sydney: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2013)

Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health: revised edition.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

This report provides a comprehensive examination of Indigenous incarceration in Australia. The report provides details on:

  • prison-related health risks
  • characteristics of Indigenous prisoners and detainees and trend information about Indigenous incarceration
  • Indigenous substance use issues and how they interact with the justice system
  • reasons for over-representation of Indigenous Australians in the correctional system
  • intervention opportunities within the criminal justice system
  • issues for consideration, including Indigenous participation in diversion programs, access to health care while in the correctional system and after release, recidivism, cost of incarceration, and the suitability of programs
  • recommendations.

This report provides an update to the Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health report released in 2009.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

New South Wales Auditor-General (2013)

Improving legal and safe driving among Aboriginal people.

Sydney: Audit Office of New South Wales

O'Hara R (2013)

Evaluation of the Marapai Ngartathati Murri women's group and Yurru Ngartathati men's group - Indigenous justice program for North West Queensland Indigenous Catholic Social Services : final report.

Mount Isa, Qld: Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University

Osborne K, Baum F, Brown L (2013)

What works? A review of actions addressing the social and economic determinants of Indigenous health.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report provides information on what works, what does not work, and what information is missing on the social and economic determinants of Indigenous health. It provides information on a number of social and economic determinants, including:

  • education
  • connection to family, community, country, and culture
  • employment and income
  • housing
  • racism
  • interactions with government systems
  • criminal justice system
  • health behaviours.

This report provides information on policies, and programs and projects relating to the social determinants of Indigenous health that provide concrete examples of 'what works'.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Performance and Evaluation Branch (2013)

Cape York welfare reform: evaluation 2012.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The Cape York welfare reform (CYWR) was established to address deteriorating social and economic conditions in Cape York Indigenous communities. It was trialled in the four communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The policy reform focused on initiatives in the areas of social responsibility, education, economic opportunity, and housing with the objectives of rebuilding social norms, re-establishing Indigenous authority, increased involvement in the real economy, and moving community members and their families away from social housing into their own homes. This report is the final evaluation of the CYWR. The framework for the evaluation included the following questions:

  • was the trial implemented as agreed
  • did social norms and behaviours change as intended
  • has governance and service delivery supported these intended changes.

This report describes how the reforms were implemented, the timelines, what was not implemented, and the impact of the CYWR on the communities participating in the trial.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Porter LE (2013)

Indigenous deaths associated with police contact in Australia: event stages and lessons for prevention.

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology; 46(2): 178-199

Poynton S (2013)

Rates of recidivism among offenders referred to Forum Sentencing.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Putt J (2013)

Conducting research with Indigenous people and communities.

Canberra: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse

Ringland C, Weatherburn D (2013)

The impact of intensive correction orders on re-offending.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Saunders V, Barry E (2013)

Children with parents in prison.

Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University

Saunders V, McArthur M (2013)

Children of prisoners: exploring the needs of children and young people who have a parent incarcerated in the Australian Capital Territory.

Sydney: Shine for Kids

Schetzer L, Streetcare (2013)

Beyond the prison gates: the experiences of people recently released from prison into homelessness and housing crisis.

Sydney: Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee (2013)

Value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=legcon_ctte/justice_reinvestment/submissions.htm

Smallbone S, Rallings M (2013)

Short-term predictive validity of the Static-99 and Static-99-R for Indigenous and Nonindigenous Australian sexual offenders.

Sexual Abuse; 25(3): 302-316

Snowball L, Bartels L (2013)

Community service orders and bonds: a comparison of reoffending.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This publication draws on the Report on government services 2013 to present data specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It reports on the delivery of mainstream services to Indigenous people including services for:

  • childcare, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which the objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each service stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Improvements in reporting by Indigenous status has allowed for detailed reporting for Indigenous children enrolled and attending preschool and elapsed times for aged care services to Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

van Dooren K, Kinner SA, Forsyth S (2013)

Risk of death for young ex-prisoners in the year following release from adult prison.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(4): 377-382

Van Dooren K, Richards A, Lennox N, Kinner SA (2013)

Complex health-related needs among young, soon-to-be-released prisoners.

Health and Justice; 1

Retrieved 24 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2194-7899-1-1

Victim Assist Queensland (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – healing project 2013.

Brisbane: Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Young J, Putt J, Dunnett D, Spicer D, Marshall C (2013)

Evaluation of the community engagement police officers trial : final report.

Canberra: Colmar Brunton Attorney-General's Department

2012

Hunter B, Biddle N, eds. (2012)

Survey analysis for Indigenous policy in Australia: social science perspectives.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This monograph presents the peer-reviewed papers from the 2011 Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) and Australian Bureau Statistics (ABS) conference Social science perspectives on the 2008 National and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander social survey (NATSISS). The conference covered many topics including for example:

  • child development
  • crime and justice
  • culture
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • health
  • housing
  • substance use.

The papers review the strengths and limitations of the NATSISS, how the NATSISS informs policy decisions, and recommendations for the design of future surveys. This book is a useful resource for researchers, policy makers, the national debate on Indigenous issues, and Indigenous communities and organisations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

McCoy BF, Stewart P, Poroch N, eds. (2012)

Urban Health: strengthening our voice, culture and partnerships.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Allard T, Chrzanowski A, Stewart A (2012)

Targeting crime prevention to reduce offending: identifying communities that generate chronic and costly offenders.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Allard T, Chrzanowski A, Stewart A (2012)

Targeting crime prevention: identifying communities which generate chronic and costly offenders to reduce offending, crime, victimisation and Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system.

Canberra: Criminology Research Council

Allison F, Cunneen C, Schwartz M, Behrendt L (2012)

Indigenous legal needs project: NT report.

Cairns, Qld: James Cook University

Anthony T, Blagg H (2012)

Addressing the “crime problem” of the Northern Territory Intervention: alternate paths to regulating minor driving offences in remote Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Criminology Research Grants

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Corrective services, Australia, December 2011.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Corrective services, Australia, June quarter 2012.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Corrective services, Australia, March quarter 2012.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Corrective services, Australia, September quarter 2012.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Criminal courts, Australia, 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Recorded crime - victims, Australia, 2011.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Year Book Australia, 2012.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Criminology (2012)

Australian crime: facts & figures 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification in community services data collections: an updated data quality report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Children and young people at risk of social exclusion: links between homelessness, child protection and juvenile justice.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Medical Association (2012)

Position statement on health and the criminal justice system.

: Australian Medical Association

Australians for Native Title Reconciliation (2012)

ANTaR prebudget submission: 2012-13.

Dulwich Hill, NSW: Australians for Native Title Reconciliation

This report prepared by Australians for Native Title Reconciliation (ANTaR) outlines their key expenditure recommendations for the 2012-13 federal budget. The 31 recommendations relate to:

  • resetting relationships and respecting rights
  • creating safe and sustainable Northern Territory communities
  • education, early childhood and language
  • protecting rights to land and resources
  • time to reduce imprisonment: a new approach to crime prevention that makes social and economic sense
  • supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic development
  • investing in community controlled health services to close the gap and create jobs
  • sorry is the first step: reparations for the Stolen generations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Borg K (2012)

An examination of parental child sex offenders : victim profile, recidivism and treatment needs.

Doctor of Psychology thesis, Edith Cowan University: Perth

Campbell F (2012)

Overcrowding in Queensland prisons.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 7(28): 12-15

Carpenter B, Ball M (2012)

Indigenous Australians, othering and justice.

In: Carpenter B, Ball M, eds. Justice in society. Annandale, NSW: Federation Press:

Crime and Misconduct Commission (Queensland) (2012)

Indigenous people in policing roles: a follow-up review to the Restoring Order report.

Brisbane: Crime and Misconduct Commission (Queensland)

Cripps K, Davis M (2012)

Communities working to reduce Indigenous family violence.

Canberra: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse

This report provides information about family violence among Indigenous communities and focuses on some promising programs developed by communities and governments both within Australia and internationally. This report provides details on:

  • support programs (including Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, and New Zealand's Tu Tama Wahine Taranaki and Tu Whare Ruruhau o Meri programs)
  • behavioral reform programs (including Ke Ala Lokahi in Hawaii)
  • community policing and monitoring programs (including night patrols, and shelter and protection programs)
  • justice programs (including healing circles and Indigenous sentencing courts)
  • mediation programs (including Mawul rom)
  • education and awareness programs (including the Mildura family violence and sexual assault campaign, New Zealand's NgatiPorou community education project, Aboriginal women against violence project)
  • holistic programs (including Balgo's women's law camp, and the Aboriginal family and community healing program)
  • alcohol restrictions
  • factors affecting family violence among Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dodd P (2012)

The Holcroft Inquest: prisoners deserve more humane prison transportation.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 7(29): 3-7

Gilbert R (2012)

Place-based initiatives and Indigenous justice.

Canberra: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse

Graffam J, Shinkfield A (2012)

Strategies to enhance employment of Indigenous ex-offenders after release from correctional institutions.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Grant E, Hansen A, Williamson T (2012)

Design issues for prisoner health: thermal conditions in Australian custodial environments.

World Health Design; 5(3): 80-85

Ho KM, Geelhoed E, Gope M, Burrell M, Rao S (2012)

An injury awareness education program on outcomes of juvenile justice offenders in Western Australia: an economic analysis.

BMC Health Services Research; 12: 279

Retrieved 28 August 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-12-279

Hunter A (2012)

A different kind of subject: colonial law in Aboriginal European relations in 19th century Western Australia, 1829–61.

North Melbourne, Vic: Australian Scholarly Publishing

Hunter B, Gray M (2012)

Determinants of Indigenous labour supply following a period of strong economic growth.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Justice & Forensic Mental Health Network (2012)

Justice & Forensic Mental Health Network: year in review 2011/12.

Sydney: Health NSW

Kariminia A, Butler T, Jones J, Law M (2012)

Increased mortality among Indigenous persons during and after release from prison in New South Wales.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(3): 274-280

Law Report (2012)

Indefinite detention and mental impairment in NT [podcast].

: Radio National

This podcast was produced by the Law Report program on Radio National. The topic of the podcast is the criminal justice situation in the Northern Territory, in particular custodial supervision orders, legislation which allows some offenders who have an intellectual or mental impairment to be detained indefinitely in prisons. Mark O'Reilly, the principal legal officer at the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, is interviewed in this podcast.

Abstract adapted from Radio National

Levy MH, Treloar C (2012)

Harm minimisation in Australian prisons - health protection still depends on where you serve your time [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(7): 382

Nyoongar Patrol System Inc (2012)

Nyoongar Patrol System Inc: annual report 2011/2012.

Perh: Nyoongar Patrol System Inc

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2012)

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report: June 2011 to August 2012.

Darwin: Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services

This is the first of two annual reports that examine the objectives, strategies and funding arrangements of agreements that form the basis of the partnership between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory (NT) governments aimed at closing the gap in living conditions and social outcomes for Aboriginal Territorians.

The geographies assessed in the report include; Territory growth towns, Community living areas, town camps, homelands, communities and outstations.

The report focuses on four major themes arising from the approach taken by governments in relation to Aboriginal people since the NT emergency response (NTER) commenced in 2007 and reflected in the Stronger futures arrangements proposed for the next ten years. These are:

  • transparency and accountability
  • the balance between the crisis and developmental aspects of initiatives under both the NTER and Stronger futures
  • the marginalisation of Aboriginal people in decision making and resource allocation
  • the lack of long-term planning and capacity development within Aboriginal towns, particularly the transfer of service delivery from Aboriginal organisations to the non-Indigenous, non-profit sector.
The report makes twelve recommendations in the following areas:population and mobility; one-stop shop business centres; accountability and transparency; prioritisation of investments; community safety; early childhood; education; youth services review; labour force participation; workforce development (housing); housing; and health (morgues).

Abstract adapted from Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report

Pointer S, Kreisfeld R (2012)

Hospitalised interpersonal violence and perpetrator coding, Australia 2002-05.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Poroch N, Tongs J, Longford E, Keed S (2012)

Aboriginal health workers at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service caring for the needs of Aboriginal people in the new ACT prison and the needs of their families.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 36(1): 6-8, 17

Pyne A (2012)

Ten proposals to reduce indigenous over-representation in Northern Territory prisons.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 16(2): 2-17

Rourke P, Jones C (2012)

Risk of reconviction among offenders who commence the Blacktown Traffic Offender Program.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report draws on the Report on government services 2012 to present data specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It reports on the delivery of mainstream services to Indigenous people including services for:

  • early childhood, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each services stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Sullivan KM (2012)

Motivating and maintaining desistance from crime: male Aboriginal serial offenders' experience of 'going good'.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Australian National University: Canberra

The Kirby Institute (2012)

Highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at The Kirby Institute.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

The Australian Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander health program was established at the Kirby Institute in 2007, with an aim to close the gap in the health disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The key focus of the Institute's work is sexual health and blood borne viruses, working in collaboration with other key health sectors involved in substance use, offender health, and social and emotional wellbeing research.

This report outlines a number of projects being conducted by the Kirby Institute across Australia. Information for each project includes:

  • description of the project
  • Aboriginal community involvement
  • expected benefits to the community
  • investigators
  • collaborating organisations
  • funding body
  • contacts.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Trotter C, Evans P (2012)

Analysing of supervision skills of juvenile justice workers.

Canberra: Criminology Research Advisory Council

Turner-Walker J (2012)

Clash of the paradigms : night patrols in remote central Australia.

Masters in Criminal Justice thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth, WA

Vivian A, Pries T (2012)

Factors affecting crime rates in Indigenous communities in NSW: Kempsey and Gunnedah.

Sydney: Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology

This report provides details of qualitative research undertaken to explore Indigenous offending in the communities of Kempsey and Gunnedah in New South Wales. For each community, it provides details about:

  • geography, demographics and history
  • community dynamics, leadership and governance
  • socioeconomic profile and economic participation
  • crime (statistics and perceptions)
  • factors contributing to adult and youth crime
  • crime prevention and responses to the crime rate
  • criminal justice issues
  • services and policies relating to justice.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Whitton N, Indig D (2012)

Improving Aboriginal juvenile detainees' access to community health services.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 36(1): 13-17

2011

Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign (2011)

Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign statement on the inappropriate incarceration of Aboriginal people with a cognitive impairment.

Sydney: People with Disability

ACT Health (2011)

2010 ACT Inmate Health Survey summary results.

Canberra: ACT Health

Andrew Day, Casey S, Vess J, Huisy G (2011)

Assessing the social climate of Australian prisons.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Attorney-General's Department (2011)

Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs report: Doing time – time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system.

Barton, ACT: Attorney-General's Department

This report is the Australian Government's response to the findings and recommendations provided by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in the Doing time - time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system report, released in June 2011. The report presents 40 specific recommendations on how the government aims to take action to reduce the over-representation of young Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011)

Corrective Services, Australia, March quarter 2011.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011)

Corrective services, Australia, September quarter 2011.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011)

Corrective Services: June quarter 2011.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011)

Criminal courts, Australia, 2009-10.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011)

Prisoners in Australia, 2011.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Human Rights Commission (2011)

Social justice report 2011.

Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

This publication presents the second social justice report by Mick Gooda, the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. It reports on the developments in the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the 2010/2011 period. The theme of the report is lateral violence and its relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how human rights frameworks can address this issue. Mick Gooda's review focuses on developments relating to the:

  • National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
  • Indigenous Human Rights Network Australia
  • Northern Territory Emergency Response
  • Australian Government's engagement framework
  • recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution
  • situation in Alice Springs
  • Close the Gap campaign
  • marking of 20 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Indigenous Economic Development Strategy.

Recommendations are outlined in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Criminology (2011)

Australian crime: facts & figures 2010.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The health of Australia's prisoners 2010.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Beacroft L, Richards K, Andrevski H, Rosevear L (2011)

Community night patrols in the Northern Territory: toward an improved performance and reporting framework.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Beare ME (2011)

ANZSOC 23rd Annual Conference, Alice Springs, September, 2010. Aboriginal justice issues – trying for new approaches, while clinging to the old: our shared experiences.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology; 44(2): 291-308

Bode A (2011)

What is justice reinvestment?.

Of Substance; 9(1): 14-15

Brown C (2011)

Overcoming cycles of disadvantage: educational attainment and employment opportunities.

Glebe, NSW: Aboriginal Employment Strategy

Butler T, Lim D, Callander D (2011)

National prison entrants' bloodborne virus and risk behaviour survey report 2004, 2007, and 2010: prevalence of HIV, HBV, HCV, and risk behaviours among Australian prison entrants: national report.

Sydney: Kirby Institute

Crofts T, Mitchell T (2011)

Prohibited behaviour orders and Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system.

Current Issues in Criminal Justice; 23(2): 277-285

Cuneen C (2011)

Punishment: two decades of penal expansionism and its effects on Indigenous imprisonment.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 15(1): 8-17

Djurichkovic A (2011)

Art in prisons: a literature review of the philosophies and impacts of visual art programs for correctional populations.

Sydney: University of Technology Sydney

Farrelly T, Carlson B (2011)

Towards cultural competence in the justice sector.

Canberra: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse

Fleming J, Sarre R (2011)

Policing the NPY lands : the Cross-Border Justice Project.

Australasian Policing; 3(1): 21-23

Heseltine K, Sarre R, Day A (2011)

Prison-based correctional rehabilitation: an overview of intensive interventions for moderate to high-risk offenders.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Hunter B (2011)

Mobility of Indigenous offenders.

Indig D, Vecchiato C (2011)

Social determinants of health, risk behaviours and mental health among Aboriginal juvenile detainees.

Paper presented at the Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health Conference. 5-6 May 2011, Doltone House, Sydney

Ivec M, Braithwaite V, Harris N (2011)

'Resetting the relationship' in Indigenous child protection: public hope and private reality.

Law & Policy; 34(1): 80-103

Kinner SA, Preen DB, Kariminia A, Butler T, Andrews JY, Stoové M, Law M (2011)

Counting the cost: estimating the number of deaths among recently released prisoners in Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 195(2): 64-68

Malacova E, Butler T, Richters J, Yap L, Grant L, Richards A, Smith AMA, Donovan B (2011)

Attitudes towards sex: a comparison of prisoners and the general community.

Sexual Health; 8(3): 355-362

Malacova E, Butler T, Richters J, Yap L, Grant L, Richards A, Smith AMA, Donovan B (2011)

Knowledge of sexually transmissible infections: a comparison of prisoners and the general population.

International Journal of STD & AIDS; 22(7): 381-386

McFerran L (2011)

Safe at home, safe at work? National domestic violence and the workplace survey.

Sydney: Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse

Mitchell M, Rowse T (2011)

Police officers' experience of Indigenous 'capacity'.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; (15): 1

Office of Police Integrity (2011)

Talking together – relations between police and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Victoria: a review of the Victoria Police Aboriginal Strategic Plan 2003-2008.

Melbourne: Office of Police Integrity

Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (2011)

Report of an announced inspection of Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison.

Perth, WA: Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services

Poroch N, Boyd K, Tongs J, Sharp P, Longford E, Keed S (2011)

We're struggling in here! : the phase 2 study into the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT Alexander Maconochie Centre and the needs of their families.

Narrabundah, A.C.T: Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

Putt J(Ed) (2011)

Community policing in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Ramstedt M (2011)

Population drinking and homicide in Australia: a time series analysis of the period 1950–2003.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(5): 466-472

Schneider K, Richters R, Butler T, Yap L, Richards A, Grant L, Smith AMA, Donovan B (2011)

Psychological distress and experience of sexual and physical assault among Australian prisoners.

Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health; 21(5): 333-349

Ending over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system (2011)

Smart Justice, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Vanderpoll T, Howard D (2011)

Investigation into hearing impairment among Indigenous prisoners within the Northern Territory Correctional Services.

Darwin: Phoenix Consulting

This report investigates the implications of hearing impairment among the Indigenous prisoners in Northern Territory Correctional Services. It was conducted in response to the Hear us: enquiry into hearing health in Australia report by the Australian Government.

The results of the study found significant hearing loss among Indigenous prisoners, contributing to a breakdown of communication between inmates and prison officers. There is further discussion about the implications of hearing loss for correctional services and recommendations for the use of hearing amplification devices to reduce communication difficulties and improve rehabilitation outcomes.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ward A (2011)

Indigenous Australians and the legal profession.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 7(26): 3-6

Willis M (2011)

Non-disclosure of violence in Australian Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Women in Prison Advocacy Network (2011)

The housing needs of women leaving prison: discussion paper.

Sydney: Women in Prison Advocacy Network

Yap L, Richters J, Butler T, Schneider K, Grant L, Donovan B (2011)

The decline in sexual assaults in men's prisons in New South Wales: a “systems” approach.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence; 26(15): 3157-3181

Young W, Solonec T (2011)

Epidemic incarceration and justice reinvestment it's time for change.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 7(26): 15-21

2010

Allard T (2010)

Understanding and preventing Indigenous offending.

Sydney: Indigenous justice clearinghouse

Anthony T (2010)

Sentencing Indigenous offenders.

Sydney: Indigenous justice clearinghouse

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Corrective Services, Australia, June quarter 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Corrective services, Australia, March quarter 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Corrective Services, Australia, September quarter 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Corrective services: Australia: December 2009.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Crime and Justice News, 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Prisoners in Australia, 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Repeat imprisonment.

In: Australian Social Trends, Mar 2010. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics: 5

This article is a part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Australian Social Trends series and is based on a more comprehensive research paper Analysis of repeat imprisonment trends in Australia using prisoner census data from 1994 to 2007. The analysis is based on a longitudinal data set built from the annual National Prisoner Census collected by the ABS.

The article presents a measure of reimprisonment by following a group a prisoners who have been released from prison and taking the proportion of that group who re-enter the prison system at a later date. This article is based on 28,600 prisoners who were released from prison over the period of four years, from 1994 to 1997. Within 10 years from release, two in five people in this cohort were reimprisoned. The reimprisonment rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was around 1.7 times that of non-Indigenous prisoners.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Criminology (2010)

Australian crime: facts and figures 2009.

Canberra: Australian Government

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

The health of Australia's prisoners 2009.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Clark H, Quadara A (2010)

Insights into sexual assault perpetration: giving voice to victim/survivors’ knowledge.

Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (2010)

Reports submitted by states parties under article 9 of the convention : combined fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth periodic reports of states parties due in 2008 : Australia.

Geneva: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Community Development and Justice Standing Committee (2010)

'Making Our Prisons Work' an inquiry into the efficiency and effectiveness of prisoner education, training and employment strategies.

Perth: Legislative Assembly, Parliament of Western Australia

Corben S (2010)

NSW inmate census 2009: summary of characteristics.

Sydney: NSW Department of Corrective Services

Douglas H, Corrin J (2010)

‘A tragedy of monumental proportions': Indigenous Australians and the sentencing process.

Social & Legal Studies; 19(2): 197-215

Finnane M, Richards J (2010)

Aboriginal violence and state response: histories, policies and legacies in Queensland 1860-1940.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology; 43(2): 238-262

Guthrie JA, Adcock F, Dance P (2010)

Exploring the feasibility of justice reinvestment in the Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Hardy G, Jackson M (2010)

Acquired brain injury screening, identification and validation in the Victorian correctional system.

Brunswick North, Victoria: arbias Limited La Trobe University

Holmes J, Grech K, Weatherburn D (2010)

Why does NSW have a higher imprisonment rate than Victoria?.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Holyoake (2010)

Report into the implementation of the social development program drumbeat: discovering relationships using Music, beliefs, emotions, attitudes & thoughts with prisoners from the Alice Springs facility.

Alice Springs, NT: Holyoake

Hsu C (2010)

The level of service inventory - revised: an evaluation and its utility for Australian offenders.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Wollongong: Wollongong

Indig D, Topp L, Ross B, Mamoon H, Border B, Kumar S, McNamara M (2010)

2009 NSW inmate health survey: key findings report.

Sydney: Justice Health

Indig D, McEntyre E, Page J, Ross B (2010)

2009 NSW inmate health survey: Aboriginal health report.

Sydney: Justice Health

Kavanagh L, Rowe D, Hersch J, Barnett KJ, Reznik R (2010)

Neurocognitive deficits and psychiatric disorders in a NSW prison population.

International Journal of Law and Psychiatry; 33(1): 20-26

Larney S, Martire KA (2010)

Factors affecting criminal recidivism among participants in the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program in New South Wales, Australia.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 29(6): 684-688

McCausland R, Vivian A (2010)

Why do some Aboriginal communities have lower crime rates than others?: a pilot study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology; 43(2): 301-332

Morseu-Diop N (2010)

Healing in justice : an international study of Indigenous peoples' custodial experiences of prison rehabilitation programs and the impact on their journey from prison to community.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Queensland: Brisbane

The implementation and delivery of prison rehabilitation programs is crucial to the successful restoration and reintegration of incarcerated people. However, the high recidivism rate nationwide is a clear indication that the current prison programs are not working. Furthermore, it is common knowledge that the core content of most prison-based programs are designed through Western lenses and facilitated predominantly by non-Indigenous program providers. This has greatly impacted on the progression of those Indigenous peoples who come from diverse cultural backgrounds, speak other languages and who have very limited numeracy and literacy levels, hence hindering their rehabilitation and restoration processes. Another factor of concern is the current retributive model of 'correcting' or prison-for-punishment approach as opposed to a more therapeutic model of 'restoring' or healing-in-justice approach. The aim of this study is to explore viable ways of achieving rehabilitation and restoration in an effort to address the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori individuals and families in the Queensland and New Zealand criminal justice systems. The study provides the opportunity for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples who have been in custody to put forward their voices about the effectiveness or benefits of prison-based programs, and culturally-specific programs offered in Queensland and New Zealand prisons. It also opens up the debate about the importance of utilising culture-as-rehabilitation when dealing with Indigenous people in custody; hence, the voices of Indigenous program providers from Queensland and New Zealand have been instrumental in bringing this issue to the forefront. This research utilised qualitative Indigenous research methodologies and guided by an Indigenous epistemological framework. Whilst a set of informal interview questions guided the process; the use of mir atager or Indigenous yarning modalities was a core aspect of communication during the data collection. With the consent of all participants, the interviews were tape recorded verbatim and analysed thematically with the use of a culturally appropriate colour coding method. In conducting comparative cross-cultural research between Queensland and New Zealand, I was guided by the skills and expertise of an Indigenous research advisor, a cultural supervisor and language interpreters and advisers. Twenty-one Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori participants shared their stories. The findings arising from the yarnings have identified the cultural inappropriateness of mainstream prison programs and the lack of culturally-specific programs, particularly in the prisons in Queensland. The voices of Indigenous program providers in Queensland also highlighted the lack of Corrective Services recognition for, and accreditation of their programs. A key issue arising from the data is the lack of culturally relevant and gender-specific programs that addresses the special needs of Indigenous women in Queensland and New Zealand prisons. Also arising from the people's voices is the need for more pre-release and post-release support to assist in their journey from prison to community. In consideration of the endemic representation of Indigenous peoples in custody as noted above, the research strongly advocates for the funding and establishment of Indigenous-specific prison support services in the community and in the correctional centres to cater for the culturally-specific needs of Indigenous peoples in their journey from prison to community. This research documented the complex and multi-layered issues facing Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders and Māori peoples in the criminal justice system and calls for a more healing-in-justice approach utilising culture-as-rehabilitation methods to correcting the behaviours of Indigenous people who come before the criminal justice system. Last, but not least, the research respects and acknowledges the pain and suffering of those who have been victims of crime, and thereby it is envisaged that the findings of this research will assist in the creation of safer and whole communities.

Abstract by Morseu-Diop, N.

Nettelbeck A, Foster R (2010)

Colonial judiciaries, Aboriginal protection and South Australia's policy of punishing 'with exemplary severity'.

Australian Historical Studies; 41(3): 319–336

Nettelbeck A, Smandych R (2010)

Policing Indigenous peoples on two colonial frontiers: Australia's mounted police and Canada's North-West Mounted Police.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology; 43(2): 356-375

Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (2010)

Report of an announced inspection of Casuarina Prison.

Perth, WA: Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services, Western Australia

Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (2010)

Thematic review of court security and custodial services in Western Australia.

Perth, WA: Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services

Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services Western Australia (2010)

Report of an announced inspection of Greenough regional prison.

Perth, WA: Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services, Western Australia

Public Accounts Committee (2010)

Helping Aboriginal defendants through MERIT.

In: Seventh report on the examination of the Auditor-General's performance audits. Sydney: Legislative Assembly, NSW: 16-22

Queensland Corrective Services (2010)

Rehabilitative needs and treatment of Indigenous offenders in Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Queensland Police Service (2010)

Far Northern Region overview.

Brisbane: Queensland Police Service

Queensland Police Service (2010)

Queensland Indigenous Alcohol Diversion Program (QIADP) recidivism study.

Brisbane: Queensland Police Service

Schwartz M (2010)

Building communities, not prisons: justice reinvestment and Indigenous over-imprisonment.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 14(1): 2-17

Standing Committee of Attorneys-General Working Group on Indigenous Justice (2010)

National Indigenous law and justice framework good practice appendix.

Canberra: Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department

Stuart G, Hammond C (2010)

Brothers inside: reflections on fathering workshops with Indigenous prisoners.

Newcastle, NSW: Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle

Success Works (2010)

Queensland Indigenous Alcohol Diversion Program : final summative evaluation report.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Weatherburn D (2010)

Indigenous violence [editorial].

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology; 43(2): 197-198

Western Australian Department of Corrective Services (2010)

Assessment of clinical service provision of health services of the Western Australian Department of Corrective Services.

Perth, WA: Department of Corrective Services, Western Australian

This report presents the findings of a review commissioned by the Western Australia (WA) Department of Corrective Services into the clinical services provided by the Health Services Directorate. To undertake the review, broad consultation was undergone with many directorate staff, and the majority of correctional facilities in WA were visited and assessed.

Key recommendations included:

  • improving staff recruitment and retention (especially nursing staff)
  • re-establishing public health expertise in the directorate to provide leadership on communicable disease control, treatment of chronic diseases, data collection and research
  • the need to review and define the responsibilities of the core clinical programs
  • improving the scope and availability of the co-morbidity program
  • development of specific programs for Indigenous people and juveniles
  • the implementation of a specific women's health policy

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Willis M (2010)

Community safety in Australian Indigenous communities: service providers' perceptions.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

This report details the development, implementation and findings of a survey capturing service provider perceptions of community safety in Australian Indigenous communities. The research informed the development of a survey questionnaire specifically for use in Indigenous communities. The research aims to place perceived community safety issues within the context of the positive steps already taken by Indigenous communities to address community safety, and to contribute to increasing the willingness of victims to report victimisation and seek help by gaining a greater understanding of under-reporting of victimisation. There were a total of 159 service provider respondents across NSW, the NT, Qld and WA, covering remote communities, small country towns and larger towns/cities in almost equal numbers. The perceived community strengths and positive features were interpersonal relationships and community connections.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Willis M (2010)

Indicators used internationally to measure Indigenous justice outcomes.

Canberra: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse

Wundersitz J (2010)

Indigenous perpetrators of violence: prevalence and risk factors for offending.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Zhang J, Webster A (2010)

An analysis of repeat imprisonment trends in Australia using prisoner census data from 1994 to 2007.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

2009

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal (2009)

From Broome to Berrima: building Australia-wide research capacity in Indigenous offender health and health care delivery.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 33(3): 8

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

Corrective Services, Australia, September quarter 2009.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

Prisoners in Australia, 2009.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Criminology (2009)

Indigenous imprisonment rates.

Crime Facts Info; (195):

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

From corrections to community: a set of indicators of the health of Australia's prisoners.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bryant C, Willis M (2009)

Pornography awareness: a process of engagement with Northern Territory Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Butler T, Wilkes T, Grace J, Guthrie J, Jones J (2009)

Submission to the House Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs on behalf of the Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG).

Canberra: Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Clements A, Jeffrey N, Martin AM, Raper S (2009)

Indigenous representations in corrections: ‘Why the revolving door?'.

Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development; 3(September):

Crime and Misconduct Commission Queensland (2009)

Restoring order: crime prevention, policing and local justice in Queensland's Indigenous communities.

Brisbane: Crime and Misconduct Commission Queensland

Dawes J (2009)

Ageing prisoners: issues for social work.

Australian Social Work; 62(2): 258-271

Indigenous Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Case Study Project (2009)

Solid work you mob are doing: case studies in Indigenous dispute resolution & conflict management in Australia.

Canberra: National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council

The Indigenous family violence offender program: NT Community Corrections (2009)

Indigenous Family Violence Offender Program

Kinner SA, Lennox NG, Taylor M (2009)

Randomised controlled trial of a post-release intervention for prisoners with and without an intellectual disability.

Journal on Developmental Disabilities; 15(2): 72-76

Kraemer S, Gately N, Kessell J (2009)

HoPE (Health of Prisoner Evaluation): pilot study of prisoner physical health and psychological wellbeing.

Perth: Edith Cowan University, School of Law & Justice

This report details findings from the Health of Prisoner Evaluation (HoPE) pilot project that sought to investigate prisoner health in Western Australia. The impetus for this project was the recognition of the lack of national data reporting on the health of Australian prisoners. The project involved administering a health questionnaire to Indigenous and non-Indigenous male and female prisoners in Western Australia. The data generated from the questionnaire provides preliminary information on prisoner health trends in the following areas: physical health; mental health; addictive behaviours; illicit drugs; contact with families; sexual history and sexual health; tattooing; and body piercing. The report compares the results of the study with information about the general population, but also evaluates the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous prisoners, and male and female respondents. This pilot study aimed to create a way for a standardised program of health checks to be introduced into WA prisons and ultimately for all Australian prisons.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Martire K A, Larney S (2009)

Aboriginal participation in MERIT.

Sydney: Crime Prevention Division, NSW Attorney General’s Department

Martire KA, Larney S (2009)

Women and the MERIT program.

Sydney: Crime Prevention Division, NSW Attorney General’s Department

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2009)

Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

NSW Ombudsman (2009)

Review of the impact of criminal infringement notices on Aboriginal communities.

Sydney: NSW Ombudsman

Pockley K (2009)

Bridges and barriers: Indigenous offender health.

Of Substance; 7(3): 17

Maintenance programs (2009)

Queensland Corrective Services

Plans developed in offender intervention programs (2009)

Queensland Corrective Services

Richters J, Butler T, Schneider K, Yap L, Kirkwood K, Grant L, Richards A, Smith AMA, Donovan B (2009)

Consensual sex between men and sexual violence in Australian prisons.

Archives of Sexual Behaviour; 41(2): 517-524

Traumatic brain injury: a comparison of prisoners with a matched community sample in Australia (2009)

Schofield P, Butler T, Perkes I

Spivakovsky C (2009)

The construction of the racially different Indigenous offender.

Paper presented at the Australian & New Zealand critical criminology conference 2009. December 2009, Melbourne

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2009)

Report on Government services 2009: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Indigenous data from the Report of Government services 2009 are compiled in this compendium to provide a focus on the purchase and supply of services. In this edition, government services are divided into the following categories: early childhood, education and training, justice, emergency management, health, community services and housing. For each category a framework of performance indicators highlights the level of objectives attained regarding the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of services. The interpretation of the data enable comparisons of Commonwealth and State Government services, including intra-government services.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

University Club of Western Australia (2009)

WA Justice Health Research Forum: past present and future: report of outcomes.

Perth: National Drug Research Institute

Ware J, Allnutt S (2009)

The use of antilibidinal medications in the treatment of sexual offenders.

Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development; :

Weatherburn D, Froyland G, Moffatt S, Corben S (2009)

Prison populations and correctional outlays: the effect of reducing re-imprisonment.

Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice; 138(December 2009): 1-12

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Australian Bureau of Statistics (2008)

Prisoners in Australia, 2008.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Criminology (2008)

Australian crime facts and figures 2007.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Blagg H (2008)

Crime, Aboriginality and the decolonisation of justice.

Annandale, NSW: Hawkins Press

Borzycki M (2008)

Interventions for prisoners returning to the community.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Knowing your rights: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland (2008)

Brisbane Indigenous Media Association

This booklet provides information for Indigenous Queenslanders about their legal rights. It includes information on:

  • fighting discrimination
  • police powers and an individual's rights
  • an individual's rights when they're in prison
  • the court system
  • child protection
  • the rights of Elders
  • financial matters.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bryant C, Willis M (2008)

Risk factors in Indigenous violent victimisation.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Cunneen C, Schwartz M (2008)

Funding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services: issues of equity and access.

Criminal Law Journal; 32(1): 38-53

Cunneen C (2008)

Bringing them home and the contemporary criminalisation of Indigenous young people.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 12(Special Edition): 46-54

Davis SR, Brands J (2008)

Research priorities in Aboriginal prisoner health: recommendations and outcomes from the CRCAH Aboriginal Prisoner Health Industry Roundtable, November 2007.

Canberra: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Denning-Cotter G (2008)

Bail support in Australia.

Canberra: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse

Edwards-Groves C, Murray C (2008)

Enabling voice: perceptions of schooling from rural Aboriginal youth at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.

Australian Journal of Indigenous Education; 37(2008): 165-177

Gilles M, Swingler E, Craven C, Larson A (2008)

Prison health and public health responses at a regional prison in Western Australia.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 32(6): 549-553

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (2008)

True justice, dignity and respect for Aboriginal people: strategic plan 2008-2011.

Darwin: North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

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Canberra: Productivity Commission

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Reintegration of Indigenous prisoners: key findings.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

 
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