Study & Teaching

Postgraduate supervision with JHU

Members of our Justice Health Unit (JHU) team are high quality supervisors who are experienced and available to supervise students at Honours, Masters and PhD levels, and for supervision of medical students doing research projects. The students we supervise include those studying a Master of Public Health (MPH) in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH).

Our research and teaching areas include the health and health service experiences of justice-involved populations, suicide prevention and self harm, mental health, ADHD, and using data linkage for research.

Our supervisors

  • Prof Stuart Kinner PhD  MAICD
    Available for supervision at Honours, Masters and PhD levels, and for MDRP supervision
  • A/Prof Rohan Borschmann PhD  DClinPsych  PG-Dip(Psych) BBSc  MAPS
    Available for supervision at Honours, Masters and PhD levels, and for MDRP as co-supervisor
  • Dr Jesse Young PhD  MPH(dist)  BSc(dist)
    Available for supervision for Honours, Masters (for 2 semester MPH capstone thesis projects) and PhD (as co-supervisor)
  • Dr Lucas Calais Ferreira PhD
    Available for supervision at Honours and Masters levels
  • Dr Danny Sullivan MBBS  MBEth  MHlth&MedLaw  MMgt  AFRACMA  FRCPsych  FRANZCP
    Available to supervise any medical student projects
  • Emilia Janca BSc(Hons)  MPH
    Available for supervision at Honours and Masters levels
  • Lindsay Pearce MPH
    Available for supervision at Honours and Masters levels
  • Melissa Willoughby BJus&Crim(Hons)
    Available for supervision at Honours level
  • Alex Campbell BAppSc(Psych)(Hons)  MPH
    Available for supervision at Honours and Masters levels


For inquiries about all postgraduate study and supervision with Justice Health Unit supervisors, contact


The following scholarships may be of particular interest to students seeking to undertake further study in areas of justice health:

  • Human Rights Scholarship: This scholarship may be of particular interest to MPH students
  • Australia Awards Scholarship: This scholarship is provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and available to international students from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities, including the University of Melbourne.
  • Suicide Prevention Australia PhD scholarships: The PhD Scholarship aims to support outstanding graduates who are at the early part of their research career. The Scholarship supports research relevant to all aspects of suicide prevention and to develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia.
  • Research Training Program (RTP): The RTP scheme is administered by individual universities on behalf of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. It provides block grants to higher education providers to support both domestic and overseas students undertaking Research Doctorate and Research Masters degrees.

For information on scholarships contained on the University of Melbourne website, click here. This website is a repository of scholarship information.  For inquiries about scholarships on the University of Melbourne website, contact

For MDHS scholarship inquiries (for PhD and MPhil only), contact

Our teaching

Short courses

The following short courses are offered by members of the Justice Health Unit:

Introduction to Data Linkage for Research

  • This course provides an introduction to administrative data and data linkage. It is designed for policy makers, researchers, managers, analysts and others working in the public sector.
  • No knowledge of data linkage is required, however basic familiarity with research methods is an asset. On completion of this course, participants will have a basic understanding of the practical considerations involved in using administrative data, and an awareness of the lifecycle of linked data research.
  • Specifically, this course will discuss the application of linked administrative data to real-world problems, and outline how data linkage can be used to provide valuable, policy-relevant evidence. This course will consist of lectures and group discussions.
  • The course is now held annually, online, over two half days.  
  • In addition, for groups of 10 people or more, this course can be tailored to your organisation's needs and delivered online or on site at your workplace depending on your location.

For more information, please visit the course webpage.

Prison Health Information Systems

  • Prison health information systems are a prerequisite for effective healthcare in prisons, and there is growing recognition that prison health is an important part of reducing health inequalities globally.
  • This interactive 1 day workshop comprises the following modules: 1.) Reasons why a prison health information system (PHIS) is important. 2.) Critical elements of a functional PHIS. 3.) Maximising the benefits of a PHIS locally, nationally, and regionally. 4.) Next steps.
  • This short course, first delivered at a regional ICRC meeting in Manila in 2019 (participants pictured above), is targeted at prison health administrators, policy makers, researchers, and senior clinicians.

For inquiries about this course, contact

Other teaching

In addition to delivering the above short courses, members of the Justice Health Unit are frequently engaged in other teaching at the University of Melbourne such as:

  • Master of Public Health Units Foundations of Public Health and Public Health in Practice at the University of Melbourne
  • Teaching and learning seminars including Unpacking emerging leadership investigator grants and Academic writing: the path from first draft to first class
  • Guest lectures for the Master of Public Health and Master of Clinical Psychology, and to medical students.

JHU alumni

Our Justice Health Unit student and staff alumni include many talented researchers who have studied and/or worked as part of our team.  Many of our past students have gone on to exciting new roles, some of which are listed here.

Contact us

The Justice health Unit welcomes inquiries from students about honours and higher degree supervision.

We also welcome any inquiries about our teaching including our short courses and guest lectures.

All inquiries: