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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

09.00 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Mr Chris Puplick AM, Chair of the Board, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (NSW)

09.10 KEYNOTE OPENING ADDRESS | Medication Use Among Prisoners- How Does it Compare with the General Community?

  • Latest findings from the 2015 National Prisoner Health Data Collection
  • A comparison of medications taken by prisoners with people of similar age and sex from the general community
  • Some of the reasons why prescribing in prison is different to prescribing in the general community
  • New findings from the 2015 collection including information on disability and self-assessed mental and physical health of prisoners

Ingrid Johnston, Project Manager, Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

09.50 Assessing the Risk and Needs of Indigenous People in Custody

Recent calls to set targets on Indigenous prison rates have received national attention. However efforts to significantly reduce Indigenous prison numbers require a multi-levelled approach across a variety of sectors with an accompanying honest socio-political discourse. This presentation will discuss some of the proximal and broader societal influences underpinning Indigenous imprisonment and consider potential medico-legal and community responses to address these issues.

Dr Stephane Shepherd, 2015 Fulbright Scholar, Research Fellow and Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University, VIC

10.30 Morning refreshments and networking

11.00 Managing Ageing Patients: Reception to Palliative Care

  • All prison systems are facing an ageing of their population with special challenges to health care provision
  • Assessing older prisoners and their needs starts on reception
  • Managing the illnesses of ageing - Including dementia and mental health problems requires entirely new approaches
  • More prisoners will die in custody and the provision of palliative and end-of-life care takes us all into new areas of concern

Mr Chris Puplick AM, Chair of the Board, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (NSW)

11.40 CASE STUDY | Hepatitis C in Australian Prisons: It all Changed on 1 March 2016

  • Australian prisoners gained access to Direct Acting Antiviral medications for Hepatitis C infection on 1 March 2016
  • Early access to these medications has already raised some interesting issues for prisoner health services
  • Harm minimisation implementation in Australian prisons will be reassessed by custodial authorities - Utilising a limited evidence base
  • Hepatitis C will continue to reveal strengths and weaknesses in the Australian health/ corrective services interface

Professor Michael Levy AM, Australian National University

12.20 Lunch and networking break

13.20 Chronic Healthcare Planning & Management: Researching Correctional Health Care - Better Health for a Brighter Future

  • Improving chronic disease management in the prison population through appropriate planning and health promotional activities
  • Exploring the availability of education directed at the primary health care nurse in relation to individual health promotion and chronic disease management in the prison setting
  • Identifying strategies that can be used within the prison system to provide education to prisoners on improving their health through basic lifestyle measures such as diet and nutrition, basic cooking skills, hygiene and self-care

Julie Bond, Health Services Manager, Fulham Correctional Centre

14.00 CASE STUDY | Health Care for Incarcerated Women- Fostering Engagement and Positive Outcomes

  • Overview of the Canadian women's prison system and health care provided
  • Why women are different and the complexities and challenges in providing care
  • What can be done to better meet the needs of Indigenous women with complex health care requirements?
  • Overview of the Perinatal Model of Care at the Adelaide Women's Prison (AWP) and the roll of midwives
  • Continuum of care for patients with Hep C - What AWP has implemented to achieve positive outcomes

Joanne Peak, Clinical Service Coordinator, Adelaide Women's Prison and Pre-Release Centre, South Australian Prison Health Service, The Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Health

14.40 Afternoon refreshment break and networking

15.00 Care Programs for People Living with Dementia in Prison: Results of a Churchill Fellowship in NZ and USA

  • The projected challenges for prisoners developing dementia
  • What are the features of care programs being undertaken in other countries to care for prisoners with dementia?
  • Looking at assessment, care, the environment, activities, buddy programs, release or no release and palliative care
  • Recommendations for the future for Australian prisons

Jo-Ann Brown, Consumer Engagement Manager, Alzheimer's Australia NSW

15.40 CLOSING INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION | Addressing the Gaps in Prisoner Mental Health, Cognitive Functioning, and Social and Emotional Well-Being

Professor Michael Levy AM, Australian National University
Catherine Gavigan, Director, National Centre for Training and Development
Ingrid Johnston, Project Manager, Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
Associate Professor Leanne Dowse, Chair Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support, UNSW Australia
Dr Stephane Shepherd, 2015 Fulbright Scholar, Research Fellow and Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University, VIC

16:20 Closing remarks from the Chair

NETWORKING DRINKS | Informa invites all speakers and delegates to an informal drinks reception to discuss the day's issues and network with their peers

FILM LAUNCH | Informa invites all speakers and delegates to the Australian launch of the award winning documentary Inside Peace.

The Inside Peace documentary follows a group of inmates doing hard time in a Texas prison as they embark on a journey of personal discovery while struggling with society’s roadblocks and dangers.

“These stories bleed through Inside Peace, and they are crucial to it, but they’re only part of what the film is about. The men manage to take the message to heart that they have value as people – no simple lesson… This is where, for the viewer, the awe comes in.”
- Peace Behind Barbed Wire by Robert Koehler, Huffington Post

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

08.30 OPENING | Opening Remarks from the Chair

Mr Chris Puplick AM, Chair of the Board, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (NSW)


08.40 OPENING ADDRESS | Addressing the Predictable and Preventable

Imprisonment and Re-Imprisonment of Aboriginal People with Mental and Cognitive Disability

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with mental and cognitive disabilities are significantly over-represented in Australian criminal justice systems, often forced into the CJS early in life in the absence of alternative pathways
  • Multiple poor interactions amongst criminal justice and social, health, disability and other human services can lead to the exacerbation of the complex support needs for this group, resulting in incarceration rather than support
  • Institutional racism, stigma and discrimination are common experiences for this group on the basis of their Aboriginality, their disabilities and in the criminalisation of their behaviour
  • Solutions identified by Aboriginal Communities include the need for self-determination, person-centred support, holistic and flexible approaches and integrated services which are culture, disability and gender-informed

Associate Professor Leanne Dowse, Chair Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support, UNSW Australia

09.20 CASE STUDY | Completing a Program in Alice Springs Prison for Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Services - The Kungas Stopping Violence Program

A program in Alice Springs Prison for Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Services.

Anger Violence Boundaries Safety - Loss and Grief taught me more than I could teach the women. Learning together. Listening to the words of the music they played. Watching them make their art in response to what we were learning. Seeing them change and grow, not because of what I was teaching them (a requirement of the prison approval for the course), but because we grew relationships. Because they took the time to enter Dadirri (an ancient Aboriginal mindfulness practice) - to name and know their stories of pain and disorder, and reflect and begin to heal the trauma of their lives. Trauma lived across generations, through family lines becomes violence, trans-generational, resulting in generational incarceration. Where are the trauma specific programs for incarcerated Aboriginal peoples?

  • What are the causal factors contributing to the increasing incarceration rates of Aboriginal women?
  • Where are the critical physical and mental health assessments for incarcerated women?
  • The complexity of issues means expectations of the women - often they are barely surviving?
  • Where is the research showing what services work, or what does not work for women who are incarcerated

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson, Patron of We Al-Li

10.00 CASE STUDY | Diversity Behind Bars & Beyond

Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS) practice is informed by acknowledging the collectivist nature of multicultural communities. This presentation will illustrate community recommendations for why it is essential that the corrections system explores and extends current discharge planning practice. Critically important in the transition of inmates back into the community is a comprehensive, flexible model of care that is holistic and specifically tailored to particular communities.

Alison Coelho, Acting Co-Executive Manager CEH, Stream Leader Multicultural Health Improvement, Manager, Multicultural Health & Support Service, Centre for Ethnicity and Health

10.40 Networking and refreshment break

11.00 New Developments in Drug and Alcohol Treatments Relevant to the Correctional Healthcare Setting

  • Improvements in medication
  • New treatment models

Conjoint Professor Nicholas Lintzeris, Director, Drug and Alcohol Services, SESLHD Discipline Addiction Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, & Clinical Director, The Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, University of Sydney

11.40 INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY | An Educator's Perspective: Facilitating Peace Education Programmes in a Women's Correctional Facility in New Zealand

  • Appreciation, self-awareness, peace, choice, inner strength are fundamental resources available to all people.
  • In chaotic environments like correctional facilities where mental health issues often drive the agenda of rehabilitation, education programs that encourage inmates to rediscover and use their inner resources and develop skills are fundamental to inmate change and rehabilitation.
  • We need to educate for peace on two levels:
    >>Education that leads to inmate self-awareness
    >> Education that develop skills for peaceful co-existence with others through being able to resolve conflict amicably

Catherine Gavigan, Director, National Centre for Training and Development

12.20 INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY | Health and Administrative Implications of Extending Insurance Coverage to Inmates in Taiwan's Correctional Institutions

Michael S. Chen, PhD, Professor, Department of Social Welfare, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

13.00 Lunch and networking break


Conflict Intelligence™ (CI) is a new innovation in the dispute resolution area that integrates the synergetic fields of Conflict Resolution (including Mediation and Difficult Conversations), Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness. Conflict Intelligence™ is a simple, yet powerful, model that develops one's ability to consciously connect with and manage conflict by building collaborative understanding.

It is about increasing one's CI awareness, insight and quota.

The Core Elements of CI, will be explored, including:

  • Conflict Awareness
  • Self-Awareness
  • Other Awareness
  • Collaborative Understanding
    > Creative Resolution

Learning outcomes:

On completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define Conflict Intelligence™ (CI) and recognise the core elements of CI
  • Understand the importance of the 3 primary conflict dynamics and how to not get caught in the conflict web
  • Recognise the emotional and physiological impact of conflict
  • Understand how perceptual positions influence how conflict is viewed
  • Gain greater insight into your relationship with conflict - including your conflict identity and conflict approach
  • Gain greater insight into ‘the other' in conflict - including the concept of curiosity and ‘the mediator mindset'
  • Understand how to move a conflict conversation to collaboration and a creative resolution through the use of CINO
  • Understand and practice ‘the 5 conscious choices' to ensure greater Conflict Intelligence™

Scott Dutton, Accredited Mediator, Trainer and Facilitator, Fighting Fair

The training is endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS). It attracts 7.5 CPD hours through the AASW and the APS

15.30 Closing remarks from the Chair

15.40 Close of conference and afternoon refreshments

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