Brain injury and the criminal justice system workshop

Monday June 27th saw an engaging, pioneering and productive workshop centred on the interaction between people with a brain injury and the criminal justice system. Hosted by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Offender Health and Brain Injury Australia this is the first time a national group has set out to discuss this issue important but neglected issue.  As many as 80% of adult prisoners report sustaining a traumatic brain injury.  Opened by Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal, former president of the Australian Medical Association and Director of Brain Injury Australia, the workshop generated substantial interest from stakeholders and was attended by over ninety people from health, the judiciary, law, corrections, advocacy, and those with the lived experience of brain injury. The workshop produced wide ranging draft recommendations in a number of areas (such as screening, legislation and judicial education) along with commitments to continue the dialogue and to make submissions to a current inquiry for better integrated data sharing across judicial and health areas. 

 

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