The cost effectiveness of improving health and reducing offending among recently released prisoners in Australia

Project Details

We aim to:

  1. Estimate the changes to total economic costs and health-related outcomes including quality of life and mortality from widespread adoption of the 'Passports to Advantage' intervention; and
  2. Make generalised predictions about the relative value for money of this intervention to inform policy decisions in the health, social services and justice sectors.

Project summary

Ex-prisoners face high risk of poor health and social outcomes in the community, and Indigenous people are over-represented in prison population by a factor of 15. The 'Passports to Advantage' intervention aims to improve the capacity of ex-prisoners, to use health care and community support services. Nationwide adoption of the intervention will be costly, but can change health service use and health outcomes among ex-prisoners. There is currently no evidence to address the policy decision of whether the intervention should be widely adopted.


Associate Professor Stuart Kinner

Prof Nick Graves (Queensland University of Technology)

Kathryn Snow


National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant

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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