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Professor Tony Butler

Since completing my PhD into the epidemiology of prisoner health, I have continued to conduct research into offender populations.  I have conducted numerous studies examining the health of adult and juvenile offenders and have co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles on the health of offenders.  Areas of interest include: mental illness, the role of traumatic brain injury in offending...
CRE Role: Aboriginal Research Reference Group, Chief Investigators, Executive Committee
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Mr Michael Doyle

Michael is an early career Aboriginal researcher, with an interest in alcohol and other drug health research in the offender health area. He has worked in Indigenous health in both a service delivery and a policy and planning capacity for over 10 years. Before moving to the Kirby Institute he had worked at the National Drug Research Institute (Curtin University) in Perth. He has a Graduate...
CRE Role: Aboriginal Research Reference Group, Postgraduate Students
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Dr Jill Guthrie

Dr Jill Guthrie is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of western NSW.   Jill's research is in health and justice related research matters.  From 2013 until 2016 she led an Australian Research Council funded research project titled Reducing Indigenous incarceration using Justice Reinvestment: an exploratory case study.  Jill is currently the Director of Research and Knowledge Translation at the...
CRE Role: Aboriginal Research Reference Group, Chief Investigators
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Dr Melanie Simpson

Qualifications: B SocSci (Crim) Hons, PhD Bio: Melanie is the Co-ordinator of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Offender Health and a post-doctoral researcher at the Justice Health Research Program, Kirby Institute. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) Honours degree and a PhD, both from the UNSW Australia. Melanie has considerable experience in researching vulnerable...
CRE Role: Aboriginal Research Reference Group, Associate Investigators and Research Staff
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Mr James Ward

Associate Professor James Ward is an Indigenous health researcher with more than 15 years experience working within Aboriginal health and communities in Australia. He is a descendent of the Pitjantajarra and Nurrunga clans of central and south Australia and has a strong interest in building capabilities in communities to enable self determination and control of Aboriginal peoples’ own health. He...
CRE Role: Aboriginal Research Reference Group, Chief Investigators, Executive Committee
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Dr Megan Williams

Megan Williams, a Wiradjuri descendent, has qualifications in human services, social science and public health, with 20 years’ experience combining service delivery with research. Megan Is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney. She has mixed-methods research experience among Aboriginal service providers, and people with multiple health and...
CRE Role: Aboriginal Research Reference Group, Associate Investigators and Research Staff