Adolescent health and criminal justice

Catalysing Connections for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing 


On Wednesday 6th November, 72 people attended our final 2019 Catalysing Connections event at MCRI, where Professor Stuart Kinner hosted a Q&A style discussion (moderated by Elise Worthington from ABC TV) on criminal justice and adolescent health, addressing what it is that ‘we’ should do differently to:

  • Prevent young people ending up in detention
  • Meet the health-related needs of young people in detention
  • Achieve the best health-related outcomes for young people after release from detention.

Catalysing Connections for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing aims to bring people together from different disciplines and sectors to discuss the interface between research and policy in adolescent health and wellbeing.

Children and adolescents who come into contact with the youth justice system are distinguished by complex health problems, typically set against a backdrop of trauma and entrenched disadvantage. Youth detention can compound mental health problems but may also provide opportunities to identify and initiate treatment for undiagnosed health problems. The available evidence suggests that long-term health outcomes for justice-involved young people are typically poor.

This Catalysing Connections will involve a panel discussion with thought leaders in criminal justice, adolescent health, human rights law, youth services, and research.

Canapes and drinks
5.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Panel and audience Q&A 
5.30 pm – 7.00 pm

Prof Stuart Kinner, Head, Justice Health Group, Centre for Adolescent Health, MCRI and University of Melbourne

Ruth Barson, Legal Director, Human Rights Law Centre

Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People

Andrew Bruun, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)

Dr Mick Creati, Senior Fellow, Royal Australian College of Physicians

 Moderated by Elise Worthington, Investigative Reporter ABC TV

7.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Synapse café / Cox and Walford Rooms

Level 5, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
50 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052

This event was supported by the Geoff and Helen Handbury Family Trust




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