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Victorian Government creates Justice Health Advisory Council

Burnet Institute

17 December, 2013

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The council offers a great opportunity to help improve the health outcomes in a population disproportionately affected by a range of health issues.

Head of Burnet Institute’s Justice Health Group, Associate Professor Mark Stoové has been selected to join the Victorian Government’s newly established Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Council.

Making the announcement in Parliament, Minister for Corrections, the Hon. Edward O’Donohue said the council would ensure Victoria continued to be innovative and efficient and deliver appropriate care for prisoners.

“Many prisoners enter the correctional system with drug and alcohol dependencies, chronic and infectious disease and significant levels of mental illness,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“Almost all prisoners return to the community, so any improvements to their health can have broader community benefits.”

Associate Professor Stoové said the council offered a great opportunity to help improve the health outcomes in a population disproportionately affected by a range of health issues.

“It also shows the commitment of the Minister for Corrections to progress evidence-informed programs in this space,” he said.

“Burnet Institute has wide-ranging expertise in many of the health priorities that affect people who come in contact with the justice system, including those who use illicit drugs and those exposed to or at risk of blood borne virus infections like hepatitis C.

“Policy and practice in these areas have sometimes not been closely aligned with evidence and this forum affords Burnet an opportunity to influence prevention approaches in Victoria and potentially across Australia and the region.”

Associate Professor Stoové will join a number of Victoria’s experienced and highly skilled professionals in the sector on the council.

  • Trevor Carr, Victorian Health Care Association CEO
  • Professor Jim Ogloff, Professor of Forensic Psychology, Swinburne University
  • Jerril Rechter, VicHealth CEO
  • Rowan Story AM, Director-General, Air Force Reserves
  • Matthew O’Keefe, Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders Chair
  • Andrea McCall, Women’s Correctional Services Advisory Committee Chair
  • Rosemary Hogan, Older People for Jewish Care General Manager

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Mark A Stoové

Head of Public Health Discipline

Telephone

+61385062301

Email

mark.stoove@burnet.edu.au

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