Identifying novel, health-related predictors of recidivism: Informing evidence-based throughcare

Project Details

We aim to:

  1. Identify novel, health-related predictors of recidivism in the first two years after release from adult custody;
  2. Examine the extent to which risk and protective factors for recidivism vary over time and according to individual characteristics; and
  3. Provide evidence-based recommendations to improve throughcare interventions and reduce recidivism.

Project summary

Around 55,000 people pass through Australia's prisons each year and after release many experience poor health; most reoffend and return to prison. This project will identify novel, modifiable health-related risk factors for recidivism, directly informing programs in prison and post-release to reduce Australia's stubbornly high recidivism rate.


Associate Professor Stuart Kinner

Dr Matthew Spittal

Emma Thomas


Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Research Group

Mental Health Policy and Practice

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Mental Health

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