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2014

Degenhardt L, Larney S, Gisev N, Trevena J, Burns L, Kimber J, Shanahan M, Butler T, Mattick RP, Weatherburn D (2014)

Imprisonment of opioid-dependent people in New South Wales, Australia, 2000–2012: a retrospective linkage study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(2): 165–170

Mina MM, Clark PJ, Beasley HM, Herawati L, Butler TG, Lloyd AR (2014)

Enhancing hepatitis C treatment in the custodial setting: a national roadmap.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(1): 15-16

Reekie JM, Levy MH, Richards AH, Wake CJ, Siddall DA, Beasley HM, Kumar S, Butler TG (2014)

Trends in HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C prevalence among Australian prisoners - 2004, 2007, 2010.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(5): 277-280

2013

Poeder F, ed. (2013)

Stories from the other side: an exploration of injecting drug use in NSW prisons.

Sydney: NSW Users and AIDS Association

Abhilash D, Kemp R, Ward J, Henderson S, Williams S, Smirnov A, Plotnikova M, Najman JM (2013)

Findings from the Queensland injecting drug survey (QuIDS): comparing hepatitis C risk behaviours among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who inject drugs.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 37 - 40

Australian Crime Commission (2013)

Illicit drug data report 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Crime Commission

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)

Smoking and quitting smoking among prisoners in Australia: 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Cussen T, Payne J, Marks D (2013)

Policing alcohol and illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in metropolitan environments.

Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

Douglas H, Hammill J, Hall W, Russell E (2013)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) within the criminal justice sector in Queensland.

Brisbane: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

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

Fetherston J, Carruthers S, Butler T, Wilson D, Sindicich N (2013)

Rates of injection in prison in a sample of Australian-injecting drug users.

Journal of Substance Use; 18(1): 65-73

Forsythe L (2013)

Measuring mental health in criminology research: lessons from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program.

Canberra, ACT: Australian Institute of Criminology

Human Rights & Discrimination Commissioner (2013)

Legal issues in Australian public health: a series of 7 papers on the impacts of discrimination and criminalisation on public health approaches to blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.

Canberra: ACT Human Rights Commission

Indig D, Wodak AD, Richmond RL, Butler TG, Archer VA, Wihelm KA (2013)

Heroin use impairs smoking cessation among Australian prisoners.

BMC Public Health; 13: 1200

Retrieved 19 December 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-1200

Iversen J, Maher L (2013)

Australian NSP Survey National Data Report 2008-2012: prevalence of HIV, HCV and injecting and sexual behaviour among NSP attendees.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

A global systematic review of hepatitis C virus in prisons and other closed settings (2013)

Larney S, Kopinski H, Beckwith C, Zaller N, Jarlais DD, Hagan H, Rich J, van den Bergh B, Degenhardt L

Moore E, Indig D, Haysom L (2013)

Traumatic brain injury, mental health, substance use, and offending among incarcerated young people.

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation; Published Ahead-of-Print(http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/HTR.0b013e31828f9876):

Moore E, Winter R, Indig D, Greenberg D, Kinner SA (2013)

Non-fatal overdose among adult prisoners with a history of injecting drug use in two Australian states.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 133(1): 45 - 51

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 Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2013)

An economic analysis for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders: prison vs residential treatment.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

This report was commissioned by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee to:

  • identify the patterns and prevalence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the prison system
  • outline the impacts and implications of incarceration for Indigenous Australians
  • analyse the costs and benefits of addressing Indigenous problematic substance use with treatment, particularly residential rehabilitation, as compared to prison.

A number of sources of information, including a scan of relevant literature and data repositories and consultations with key stakeholders, were used to inform the analysis.

The report highlights the cost and health benefits of diversionary programs and community residential rehabilitation for Indigenous people who have been convicted of non-violent, substance use related offences.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Post JJ, Arain A, Lloyd AR (2013)

Enhancing assessment and treatment of hepatitis C in the custodial setting.

Clinical Infectious Diseases; 57(Suppl 2): S70-S74

Post JJ, Lloyd AR, Monkley D (2013)

Treatment outcomes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates with hepatitis C in New South Wales prisons [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(7): 464

Rogerson B, Copeland J, Buttner P, Bohanna I, Cadet-James Y, Sarnyai Z, Clough AR (2013)

An exploratory study of cannabis withdrawal among Indigenous Australian prison inmates: study protocol.

BMJ Open; 3(5): e002951

Retrieved 17 May 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002951

Spratley S, Donnelly N, Trimboli L (2013)

Health and wellbeing outcomes for defendants entering the Alcohol-MERIT program.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Victorian Auditor-General (2013)

Prevention and management of drug use in prisons.

Melbourne: Victorian Auditor-General's Office

Warhaft G (2013)

Hepatitis C: part of the punishment?.

Of Substance; 11(3): 22-25

Western Australian Council of Social Service, Western Australian Association for Mental Health, Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (2013)

Justice and community safety in Western Australia: a call for efficient investment in effective outcomes.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Council of Social Service

This report outlines offending and justice issues in Western Australia (WA), and recommends a policy shift to 'justice reinvestment', an approach that aims to address the risk factors of crime, crime prevention, and adequate rehabilitation of offenders. This report provides details on:

  • current levels of offending in WA and the economic costs associated with these levels
  • the health and social determinants of offending
  • the role of the community sector
  • barriers to the adoption of a 'justice reinvestment' approach in WA
  • the 'delivering community services in partnership' policy in WA
  • recommendations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2012

Adamson D, Andersen K, Black K, Elliot E, Harwood A, Heffernan E, Hill S, Minnis J, Whitton G (2012)

Special situations, settings and groups.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 343-404

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on special situations, settings and groups, including:

  • contraception
  • pregnancy, breastfeeding and early childhood
  • alcohol use during pregnancy and foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
  • protecting and supporting families at risk
  • preventing alcohol or drug issues among young people
  • working with young people with alcohol or drug issues
  • prison populations
  • aggressive clients
  • Torres Strait Islanders.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Andrews JY, Kinner SA (2012)

Understanding drug-related mortality in released prisoners: a review of national coronial records.

BMC Public Health; 12: 270

Retrieved 4 April 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-270

Australian Crime Commission (2012)

Illicit drug data report 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Crime Commission

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2010-11: report on the National Minimum Data Set.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Gately N, Fleming J, Morris R, McGregor C (2012)

Amphetamine users and crime in Western Australia, 1999–2009.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Heffernan E, Anderson K, Dev A (2012)

Inside Out: the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody report.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Indig D, Haysom L (2012)

Smoking behaviours among young people in custody in New South Wales, Australia.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(5): 631–637

Key J, Page J, Smyth D (2012)

Legal issues.

In: Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J, Conigrave K, eds. Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney: University of Sydney: 317-330

This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on legal issues associated with substance use, including:

  • guardianship
  • alcohol, drugs and driving
  • programs to reduce re-offending or avoid prison.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney

Kinner SA, Dietze PM, Gouillou M, Alati R (2012)

Prevalence and correlates of alcohol dependence in adult prisoners vary according to Indigenous status.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(4): 329–334

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

Northern Territory Government (2012)

Enough is enough: alcohol reform report July 2011 to December 2011.

Darwin: Northern Territory Government

Northern Territory Government (2012)

Enough is enough: alcohol reform report July 2011 to end March 2012.

Darwin: Northern Territory Government

Liquor Act amendments 2012 fact sheet: closing the net on problem drinkers (2012)

Northern Territory Government

This factsheet summarises the outcomes of the Northern Territory Enough is enough alcohol reforms after the first six months of implementation.

The factsheet provides information on:

  • the banned drinker register
  • new laws about drinking in public places
  • alcohol-related offences
  • the Alcohol and Other Drugs Tribunal.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Payne J, Gaffney A (2012)

How much crime is drug or alcohol related? Self-reported attributions of police detainees.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Richmond RL, Butler TG, Indig D, Wilhelm KA, Archer VA, Wodak AD (2012)

The challenges of reducing tobacco use among prisoners.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(5): 625–630

Rowe S, Wiggers J, Kingsland M, Nicholas C, Wolfenden L (2012)

Alcohol consumption and intoxication among people involved in police-recorded incidents of violence and disorder in non-metropolitan New South Wales.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(1): 33–40

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

Sweeney J, Payne J (2012)

Drug use monitoring in Australia: 2009–10 report on drug use among police detainees.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Taussig I, Jones C (2012)

Penalties and reconviction risk among offenders convicted of drug driving.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Trimboli L (2012)

NSW Court Referral of Eligible Defendants into Treatment (CREDIT) pilot program: an evaluation.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

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

2011

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Drugs in Australia 2010: tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

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

Butler T, Indig D, Allnutt S, Mamoon H (2011)

Co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder among Australian prisoners.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(March): 188-194

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

Butler TG, Stevens CF (2011)

National summit on tobacco smoking in prisons: report on the summit.

Perth: National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Cook M (2011)

Locked out: experiences of AOD consumers with a criminal record accessing employment and education.

Melbourne: Association of Participating Service Users

Heseltine K, Day D, Sarre R (2011)

Prison-based correctional offender rehabilitation programs: the 2009 national picture in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

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

Jones C (2011)

Intensive judicial supervision and drug court outcomes: interim findings from a randomised controlled trial.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Larney S, Toson B, Burns L, Dolan K (2011)

Opioid substitution treatment in prison and post-release: effects on criminal recidivism and mortality.

Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

May J (2011)

From the inside out: injecting drug use in the Australian prison system.

HIV Australia; 9(1): 29-31

Moore M, Walker M (2011)

Balancing access and safety: meeting the challenge of blood borne viruses in prison.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Northern Territory Government (2011)

Enough is enough: alcohol reform report 20 October 2011.

Darwin: Northern Territory Government

Richmond RL, Wilhelm KA, Indig D, Butler TG, Archer VA, Wodak AD (2011)

Cardiovascular risk among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal smoking male prisoners: inequalities compared to the wider community.

BMC Public Health; 11: 783

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-783

Rodas A, Bode A, Dolan K (2011)

Supply, demand and harm reduction strategies in Australian prisons: an update.

Canberra: National Drug and Alcohol Centre, University of New South Wales

Rysavy P, Cunningham T, O'Reilly-Martinez R (2011)

Preliminary analysis of the Northern Territory's illicit drug court diversion program highlights the need to examine lower program completion rates for indigenous clients.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(6): 671–676

Satya S, Barson RB (2011)

A contemporary snapshot of two issues upon which the RCIADIC report commented: youth justice and the over-incarceration of Aboriginal young people, and alcohol-related offences and offending.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 15(1): 87-93

Ward J, Topp L, Iversen J, Wand H, Akre S, Kaldor J, Maher L (2011)

Higher HCV antibody prevalence among Indigenous clients of needle and syringe programs.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 35(5): 234-245

2010

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (2010)

Improving Aboriginal participation in the MERIT program.

North Sydney, NSW: New South Wales Department of Health

Anex (2010)

With conviction: the case for controlled needle and syringe programs in Australian prisons.

Melbourne: Anex

Connors P, Bush R (2010)

'Back on Track' : an evaluation.

Brisbane: University of Queensland

Douglas H (2010)

Sentencing and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Douglas H (2010)

The sentencing response to defendants with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Criminal Law Journal; 34(4): 221-239

Gaffney A, Jones W, Sweeney J, Payne J (2010)

Drug use monitoring in Australia: 2008 annual report on drug use among police detainees.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

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

Stay out (2010)

Inception Strategies

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

2009 NSW inmate health survey: Aboriginal health report.

Sydney: Justice Health

Larney S (2010)

Does opioid substitution treatment in prisons reduce injecting-related HIV risk behaviours? A systematic review.

Addiction; 105(2): 216 - 223

Nicholas R (2010)

An environmental scan on alcohol and other drug issues facing law enforcement in Australia 2010.

Hobart: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

Smith N, Trimboli L (2010)

Comorbid substance and non-substance mental health disorders and re-offending among NSW prisoners.

Crime and Justice Bulletin; 140(May 2010): 1-16

Western Australia Department of Corrective Services (2010)

Offender drug and alcohol strategy 2010 - 2014: Western Australia Department of Corrective Services.

Perth, WA: Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia

The Department of Corrective Services' Offender drug and alcohol strategy 2010 - 2014 has been developed to address the specific needs of offenders in custody and under community supervision by providing a platform to address the harm caused from licit and illicit drug use. The strategy will ensure a range of measures are delivered to reduce offender drug use and prevent the associated harm. The strategy has a strong law enforcement approach, in addition to a holistic rehabilitative approach, to foster behaviour change that encourages law abiding lifestyles by reducing re-offending.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2009

Forsythe L, Adams K (2009)

Mental health, abuse, drug use and crime: does gender matter?.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Loxley W, Adams K (2009)

Women, drug use and crime: findings from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

MacLean S, Bruun A, Mallett S, Green R (2009)

Social contexts of substance use for vulnerable 13-15 year olds in Melbourne youth drug reporting system.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2009)

Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Plugge E, Yudkin P, Douglas N (2009)

Changes in women's use of illicit drugs following imprisonment.

Addiction; 104(2): 215-222

Richmond R, Butler T, Wilhelm K, Wodak A, Cunningham M, Anderson I (2009)

Tobacco in prisons: a focus group study.

Tobacco Control; 18(3): 176-182

Strategic Edge Consulting (2009)

Indigenous participation in the WA Diversion Project evaluation - barriers and strategies to participation in adult court diversion programs: final report.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Network for Alcohol and other Drugs (2009)

Submission to the Education and Health Standing Committee inquiry into the adequacy and appropriateness of prevention and treatment services for alcohol and illicit drug problems in Western Australia.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia

Wilson S (2009)

A bridge too far: considering relationships between foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, child protection and the justice system.

Paper presented at the Indigenous young people, crime and justice conference. 31 August - 1 September 2009, Parramatta, NSW

2008

Adams K, Sandy L, Smith L, Triglone B (2008)

Drug use monitoring in Australia: 2007 annual report on drug use among police detainees.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Adams K, Smith L, Hind N (2008)

Drug driving among police detainees in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Australian National Council on Drugs (2008)

National corrections drug strategy 2006-2009.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Birgden A (2008)

A compulsory drug treatment program for offenders in Australia: therapeutic jurisprudence implications.

Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development; 2(December):

Hughes C, Ritter A (2008)

A summary of diversion programs for drug and drug-related offenders in Australia.

Sydney: Drug Policy Modelling Program

Joudo J (2008)

Responding to substance abuse and offending in Indigenous communities: review of diversion programs.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

This report examines diversion programs currently available to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders in Australia. This report is the first stage of a larger study evaluating the way that Australian Governments have sought to address Indigenous substance use and related offending. The report provides an overview of the type and extent of current diversion programs available and highlights the related issues and barriers to effective participation and completion for Indigenous offenders. The research for this report included literature research and consultations in all States and Territories. Findings suggest that is is necessary to consider the drug use problems specific to Indigenous offenders, and that programs should be expanded to include substances such as alcohol and inhalants.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Kinner SA (2008)

Passports to advantage: health and capacity building as a basis for social integration.

Flinders Journal of Law Reform; April(http://hdl.handle.net/2328/1839): 581-589

Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (2008)

Smoking in prison.

Perth: Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services

Payne J (2008)

The Queensland Drug Court: a recidivism study of the first 100 graduates.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

RGBatey, TJones, CMcallister (2008)

Prisons and HCV: a review and a report on an experience in New South Wales Australia.

International Journal of Prisoner Health; 4(3): 156-163

Vumbaca G, Pritchard E, Mugavin J, Swan A (2008)

Compulsory treatment: it's not the answer.

Of Substance; 6(1): 14-15

Vumbaca G (2008)

Drugs and prisons: the plan.

Of Substance; 6(4): 16-17

Weatherburn DJ (2008)

The role of drug and alcohol policy in reducing Indigenous over-representation in prison.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 27(1): 91-94

 
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