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Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building GroupAustralia has one of the highest Indigenous incarceration rates in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which impacts profoundly on Indigenous communities. With offender populations known to endure a greater health burden compared with the general community, there is a need to develop knowledge in this area, particularly in relation to Indigenous incarceration.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT received a capacity building grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council ($2.3 million over 5 years) to develop research capacity in Indigenous offender health research. A team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers will work on projects in areas critical to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous offenders.

Aims

This program of research aims to establish an Australia-wide health and criminal justice research network, and increased research capacity in key health areas affecting this population (blood borne viruses, mental health, and substance use). Collaborative research work, secondments to research centres and mentoring will be used to develop the knowledge and skills of a cohort of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers (Team Investigators) in three States. Their findings will be shared and disseminated to a wider audience through annual symposia and publications in academic journals and other media.
This is an opportunity to create an Australia-wide network for sharing knowledge in this field, and to maintain Australia's position as a world-leader in the area of offender health research. Outcomes will include better health services for Indigenous offenders, and more generally improved health and wellbeing for those in the communities from which they come, and to which they return.

Research Program

Investigators will work on collaborative projects in the areas of mental health, substance use, bloodborne viruses, impact of incarceration on Indigenous communities, and models of care for Indigenous offenders. The project has the support of several national centres and a range of experts:

Chief Investigators:

Professor Tony Butler, The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, NSW
Professor Mick Dodson, Australian National University, ACT
Professor Steve Allsop, National Drug Research Unit, Curtin University, WA
Professor Michael Levy, ACT Corrections Health Service & Australian National University, ACT
Professor John Kaldor, The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, NSW
Professor Kay Wilhelm, St Vincent's Hospital, NSW
Professor Dennis Gray, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, WA
Fadwa Al-Yaman, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, ACT

Mentors:

Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, National Drug Research Unit, Curtin University, WA
Associate Professor Jane Freemantle, University of Melbourne, VIC
Professor Beverley Raphael, University of Western Sydney, NSW & Australian National University, ACT
Associate Professor Stuart Kinner, Burnett Institute, VIC
Professor Peter Schofield, Hunter New England Area Health Service & University of Newcastle, NSW
Associate Professor Steve Larkin, Charles Darwin University, NT
Professor Ian Anderson, University of Melbourne, VIC

Team Investigators:

Mr Michael Doyle, The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, NSW
Dr Jill Guthrie, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University, ACT
Ms Jocelyn Jones, National Drug Research Unit, Curtin University, WA
Ms Lise Lafferty, The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, NSW
Dr Nerelle Poroch, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, ACT
Ms Dina Saulo, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU and The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, NSW
Ms Megan Williams, Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, University of New South Wales, NSW

Contacts:

Tony Butler
Chief Investigator
The Kirby Institute
University of New South Wales
Ph: (02) 9385 9257
Email: tbutler@kirby.unsw.edu.au

Paul Simpson
Research Project Coordinator
The Kirby Institute
University of New South Wales
Ph: (02) 9385 9263
Email: psimpson@kirby.unsw.edu.au

 
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