Justice Health Unit to join the Centre for Health Equity
Professor Stuart Kinner recently attended a meeting hosted by ASEAN and UNICEF in Bangkok looking at a Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. Stuart gave an invited presentation on behalf of Justice Health group on why a focus on the health of these disadvantaged children is important.
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.