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Justice Health Group

Head: Professor Mark Stoové

Prisoners and ex-prisoners are disproportionately affected by social disadvantage, chronic ill health and preventable disease (including blood borne and sexually transmitted infections), mental illness and high rates of substance misuse – often a continuation of problems experienced prior to imprisonment. 

Our group undertakes research to build the evidence base for policy and practice to improve outcomes for prisoners and ex-prisoners.

  • Build upon national and international collaborations to enable a central role in internationally significant studies that identify effective (evidence-based) interventions for improving and maintaining the health of justice-involved populations. 
  • Build and strengthen collaborations with correctional services nationwide, to facilitate translation of our research into effective health policy and service delivery.
  • Undertake research to explore how health, health risk behaviours, psychosocial adjustment and engagement with health services change and are impacted by contact with, and release from the criminal justice system; and explore the links between health, social integration and offending behaviour.

We undertake innovative, scientifically rigorous and policy-relevant research projects that employ a range of methodologies including prospective cohort designs, randomised controlled trials and record linkage to enhance the evidence base for justice health policy and practice.

Research led by former Burnet researcher, Associate Professor Stuart Kinner published in the Medical Journal of Australia estimated that the number of deaths in recently released prisoners in Australia is ten times higher than the total number of deaths in prison each year, highlighting the extreme vulnerability of this population on return to the community.

This research demonstrates the urgent need to establish a national system for routing monitoring of ex-prisoner mortality, and for the implementation of evidence-based programs to reduce mortality and improve health outcomes for this profoundly marginalised group.

Mark Stoove

Professor Mark A Stoové

Professor Stoové is Head of Public Health, co-Head of the HIV Elimination Program at Burnet Institute where he also and heads research groups in HIV Prevention and Justice Health.



Meet the working group. Together, we are translating research into better health, for all.


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The Forest
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The C No More Project (Community corrections Nurse-led Model of care to Eliminate hepatitis C)
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