Research Impact

A range of research studies produced by the Unit have been referenced in Australian and international media, policy submissions and hearings.

Selected media coverage

Why Australian prisoners are smoking nicotine-infused tea leaves, the Conversation

Melbourne University researchers discover what ex-prisoners' health looks like, ABC Radio National

Study finds family trauma and bullying are consistent risk factors in suicidal adolescents, ABC Radio

Suicidal teens suffer poor sleep, bullying, SBS News

Prisoners are excluded from the NDIS – here’s why it matters, the Conversation

Most ex-prisoners unemployed or homeless six months after release, study says, ABC News

Our $3b-a-year system is flying blind in supporting ex-prisoners, the Conversation

Lead researcher Stuart Kinner speaks to Pacific Beat, ABC Radio

Quarter of prisoners report feeling better while inside jail, ABC Radio

Health experts want prisoners to be covered by Medicare, ABC Radio

Submission to the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas.

A group of international collaborators with expertise in health in custodial settings, led by the Justice Health Unit, recently prepared a submission to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas.

An article summarizing the submission was recently published on the Worldwide Prison Health Research & Engagement Network (WEPHREN) website.

The full submission is available to download here.

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS, 2017

In 2017, stemming from his paper on intellectual disability and patient activation after release from prison (Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 2017, 67(10), 939-956), Jesse Young was invited to give evidence to the Parliament of Australia Joint Standing Committee on the provision of services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition.

Recommendations stemming from Jesse’s research were reflected in the Committee’s final report (Recommendations 22 and 23). These recommendations called for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to establish a criminal justice unit specialising in the integration of the NDIS with the criminal justice system and clarify what supports are available to people in custody. A copy of the report is available online.

Royal Commission into Northern Territory (NT) child protection and detention

Prof Stuart Kinner appeared before the Royal Commission and provided a formal statement. The final report is available online.