Justice Health Unit

The Justice Health Unit is led by Professor Stuart Kinner, an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow who has had an appointment in the School since 2012. People who have contact with the criminal justice system are among society’s most vulnerable and marginalised. They are distinguished by a high prevalence of complex, co-occurring health problems, typically set against a backdrop of entrenched disadvantage. The Justice Health Unit seeks to generate world-class evidence regarding the health and health service experiences of justice-involved populations, and to advocate for evidence-informed policy to improve their health outcomes. Addressing the health needs of justice-involved populations is important to addressing health inequalities at the population level. The Unit works closely with health and justice agencies in Australia, with leading researchers internationally, and with key international agencies including WHO, PAHO and UNICEF.

JUSTICE HEALTH UNIT – key activities


National Prisoner Health Information Committee (NPHIC) – move to administrative by-product collection

National prison mental health benchmarking

National CSAC Medicare working group

National Youth Justice Health Advisory Group (NYJHAG)


  • Embedded nurse in throughcare service (Jesuit Social Services)
  • Rollout of OST in QLD prisons (Burnet)
  • First Step ADHD and AOD project (Jesse)

Health After Release from Prison (HARP) cohort study

  • Injury
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Multimorbidity
  • Emergency Department (ED) presentation
  • Medication adherence
  • Health economic work (data linkage, health services)

Youth justice data linkage

  • YJ-Mort

SMOKING RELAPSE PREVENTION Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs)

  • Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical inactivity (SNAP) Trial
  • Staying Quit After Release (SQUARE) Trial


Mortality After Release from Incarceration Consortium (MARIC) (Borschmann)

Global survey

Review papers:

  • UHC exclusion (Winkelman)
  • Prison health governance (McLeod)
  • Youth detention health series (Lancet C&AH)