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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

Social and Cultural Resilience and Emotional Well-being of Aboriginal Mothers in Prison

Project Team

Chief Investigators:

Professor Eileen Baldry, University of New South Wales
Professor Tony Butler, The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales
Dr Marisa Gilles, Gascoyne Public Health Unit
Professor Elizabeth Sullivan, National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU), University of New South Wales
Professor Juanita Sherwood, UTS (University of Technology, Sydney)
Jocelyn Jones, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Professor Michael Levy, Medical School, Australian National University

Co-investigators:

Dr Mandy Wilson, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Dr Sacha Kendall, National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU), University of New South Wales

Contact Person:

Professor Elizabeth Sullivan, National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU), University of New South Wales
Dr Mandy Wilson, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Project

The study aims are to:

  1. Involve a broad range of stakeholders throughout the research process (objective 1);
  2. Describe the health of Aboriginal women in prison, with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing (objectives 2-5);
  3. Investigate equity of access to culturally safe health care in prison for Aboriginal women (objectives 5-8);
  4. Identify the key attributes of culturally safe models of health care for Aboriginal women in prison (objectives 5-9);
  5. Identify pathways for the transition of culturally safe health care into the community so that health gains are maximised on release from prison (objectives 6&8); and
  6. Build capacity among Aboriginal researchers, Aboriginal community controlled health services and relevant community organisations (objectives 1,8 & 10).

Publications

Wilson, M. and Jones, J. (2012). The Social and Cultural Resilience and Emotional Well-being of Aboriginal Mothers in Prison. CentreLines, 36, pp. 2-4. [UJ183]