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Dowell CM, Mejia GC, Preen DB, Segal L (2018)

Maternal incarceration, child protection, and infant mortality: a descriptive study of infant children of women prisoners in Western Australia.

Health & Justice; 6: 2

Retrieved 15 January 2018 from


Human Rights Law Centre, Change the Record Coalition Steering Committee (2017)

Over-represented and overlooked: the crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s growing over-imprisonment.

Sydney: Change the Record Coalition

Myers H, Segal L, Lopez D, Li IW, Preen DB (2017)

Impact of family-friendly prison policies on health, justice and child protection outcomes for incarcerated mothers and their dependent children: a cohort study protocol.

BMJ Open; 7(8): e016302

Retrieved 27 August 2017 from

Wilson M, Jones J, Butler T, Simpson P, Gilles M, Baldry E, Levy M, Sullivan E (2017)

Violence in the lives of incarcerated Aboriginal mothers in Western Australia.

SAGE Open; 2017(January-March 2017): 1-16


Abbott P, Magin P, Hu W (2016)

Healthcare delivery for women in prison: a medical record review.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; Online early(

Dowell CM, Preen DB, Segal L (2016)

Quantifying maternal incarceration: a whole-population linked data study of Western Australian children born 1985–2011.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(


Carnes R (2015)

Applying a We Al-Li Educaring framework to address histories of violence with Aboriginal women.

Geelong, Vic: Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice

This report is an evaluation of a 20-day training program run by We Al-li for Aboriginal women at the Alice Springs Correction Centre (ASCC) in September 2015. The Educaring Program was contracted by the Kunga Family Violence Program to address violence in the context of intergenerational violence with the aim of diverting a return to violence as the norm upon exit from the justice system.

The program was evaluated by Dr Roslyn Carnes of Deakin University School of Law and this report includes recommendations and provides an economic evaluation of the program.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dame T (2015)

Aboriginal women in corrective services: disadvantaged and invisible.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) thesis, Flinders University: Adelaide

Heffernan E, Andersen K, Kinner S, Aboud A, Ober C, Scotney A (2015)

The Family Business: improving the understanding and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder among incarcerated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Melbourne: beyondblue

This report presents the findings from the Family wellbeing research program. The research examined post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait women in custody, the extend of PTSD among this population and its impact on the women's mental health and wellbeing. Recommendations for the identification and treatment of PTSD in custodial settings are also presented.

Factors contributing to PTSD for this group of women, included in this report, were:

  • trauma
  • suicide
  • culture
  • transition into community.

The report was produced by the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service with funding from beyondblue.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Leeson S, Rynne J, Smith C, Adams Y (2015)

Incarcerating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia: finding a balance in defining the 'just prison'.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 19(2): 76-96

MacGillivray P, Baldry E (2015)

Australian Indigenous women's offending patterns.

Sydney: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse


Baldry E, Cunnen C (2014)

Imprisoned Indigenous women and the shadow of colonial patriarchy.

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology; 47(2): 276-298

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

Haswell M, Williams M, Blignault I, Ortega MG, Pulver LJ (2014)

Returning home, back to community from custodial care: learnings from the first year pilot project evaluation of three sites around Australia.

Canberra: Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute

Ng C (2014)

Invisible female indigenous offenders in the youth justice system: what's the problem? An illustration from the northern territory perspective.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 18(2): 19-28

Pour S (2014)

Over-representation of Indigenous women in Australian prisons: a consideration of the contributing factors.

Sydney: School of Law, University of Wollongong

Walker JR (2014)

Pregnancy, prison and perinatal outcomes in New South Wales, Australia: a retrospective cohort study using linked health data.

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth; 14: 214

Retrieved from

Wilson MM, Jones J, Gilles M (2014)

The Aboriginal Mothers in Prison project: an example of how consultation can inform research practice.

Aboriginal Studies Press; 2014(2): 75-84


Baldry E (2013)

Continuing systemic discrimination: Indigenous Australian women exiting prison.

In: Segrave M, Carlton B, eds. Women exiting prison: critical essays on gender, post-release support and survival. Abingdon UK: Routledge: 98-116

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

Humphreys C (2013)

Unfinished business : telling the story of Aboriginal women in Victorian prisons.

Retrieved 23 August 2013 from

Hunter B, Daly A (2013)

The labour supply of Indigenous Australian females: the effects of fertility and interactions with the justice system.

Journal of Population Research; 30(1): 1-18

Jeffries S, Bond CEW (2013)

Gender, indigeneity, and the criminal courts: a narrative exploration of women's sentencing in Western Australia.

Women & Criminal Justice; 23(1): 19-42

Marchetti E (2013)

Victims or offenders: who were the 11 Indigenous female prisoners who died in custody and were investigated by the Australian Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody?.

International Review of Victimology; 19(1): 37-49

McCausland R, Baldry E (2013)

Incarcerated Indigenous Australian mothers: maintaining patriarchal colonization.

In: Eljdupovic G, Bromwich RJ, eds. Incarcerated mothers: oppression and resistance. Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press: 121-136

National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit, National Drug Research Institute (2013)

Social and cultural resilience and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal mothers in prison newsletter.

Sydney: National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit National Drug Research Institute

Sherwood J, Kendall S (2013)

Reframing spaces by building relationships: community collaborative participatory action research with Aboriginal mothers in prison.

Contemporary Nurse; 46(1): 83-94

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (2013)

Unfinished business: Koori women and the justice system.

Melbourne: Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Last updated: 7 March 2018
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