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Correctional Services Healthcare Summit

Addressing the gaps and improving the continuum of care into the community

25-26 May 2021 | RACV City Club Melbourne

We are excited to be moving back to face-to-face events but will continue to offer the option to attend the event virtually

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The correctional services setting is a challenging environment in which to provide quality health care. The individuals in Australia’s correctional facilities often face complex problems with their health and wellbeing both within the prison setting and post-release.

The 2021 Correctional Services Healthcare Summit returns to Melbourne and will gather health service directors and managers from a selection of state government agencies, key stakeholders, nurses, and doctors from correctional facilities and community health professionals from across Australia to discuss how best to improve care for this sector of the community.

Our communities are keen to reconnect, network, and learn more than ever after months of disruption. We are excited to be moving back to face-to-face events but will continue to offer the option to attend the event virtually.

Some key topics to be covered will include:

  • The impacts of COVID-19 upon staff and patients within prisons
  • Reform and review of prison health models of care
  • Innovative programs to promote good health outcomes
  • Hep C & Opioid substitution therapy
  • Burnout in a prison environment
  • State programmes – what each state looks like
  • Fatal overdoses following release
  • Women’s health – mother & baby units across the nation
  • Aging prison population & access to resources
  • Nursing skills: ins & outs of correctional nursing
  • Mental health
  • Smoking cessation education
  • Continence issues within facilities
  • Pain management
  • Chronic disease management
  • Managing complex patients in prison environment
  • Managing prisoners with disabilities
  • Deaths in custody process
  • How should we respond to pandemics?
  • Personal peace education in correctional facilities?
  • Discharge planning within youth justice

Keynote Speakers:

Wendy Hoey, Executive Director of Clinical Operations, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network

Jennifer Wheatley, Assistant Commissioner, Health Services, Correctional Service Canada

Professor Eileen Baldry AO, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity Diversity and Inclusion, UNSW

This Summit is endorsed by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Completion attracts 16 CPD hours.


Cathy Cooper

Forensic Clinical Specialist, Eastern Health

Carla Vernon

Clinical Nurse and Nurse Practitioner Student, Woodford Correctional Centre

Alison Welsh

A/Clinical Nurse Consultant – Professional Practice Nurse, Top End Health Service

Dr Jesse Young

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, Justice Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Dr Adrienne Withall

School of Population Health, UNSW

Don McCrae

Chief Executive Officer, JusTas

Graham Kraak

Director, Strategic Policy for Prison Health & Wellbeing, Department of Health QLD

Professor Jane Phillips

Emeritus Professor Palliative Nursing, Queensland University of Technology

Linda Nolte

Programme Director, Advance Care Planning Australia

Joanna Green

Principal, HIVE Legal

Professor Stuart Kinner

Head, Justice Health Unit, The University of Melbourne, Group Leaders, Justice Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Tamara Bambrick

Chief Superintendent, Operation Certitude, QLD Corrective Services

Norm Reed

Executive Officer, Onesimus Foundation

Kaz Zinnetti

Chairperson, NSW Trans and Gender Diverse Criminal Justice System Advisory Council

Prof Stuart Kinner

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Professor, Adolescent and Young Adult Health Equity, Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne

Dr Darren Russell

Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne, Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University, Director of Sexual Health, Cairns Sexual Health Service

Eleni Hatzilaou

Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Top End Health Service

Dr Ben Adeyemi

Former Senior Medical Officer, Prison Health Service, WBHHS, Maryborough Correctional Centre, Registrar, Pain Medicine, NQPPMS, Townsville University Hospital

Dr Andrew Ramsay

Coordinator Peace Education Program, Adelaide Women's Prison

Dr Joy Rowland

Director Medical Services, Department of Justice WA

Anne Morrison

Service Coordinator Chronic Disease, Department of Justice WA



when & where

25 - 26 May 2021

RACV City Club Melbourne
501 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 (03) 9944 8888

To book accommodation please contact the City Club on 03 9944 8888 (option 1, then option 2 for new bookings) and quote reference #9850755 to secure special conference rates.


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