16th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 June 2022

Changing Seasons,
Changing Lives

National opportunities to improve prison mental health policy and investment


Louise Southalan
, University of Melbourne

Louise works on justice health reform projects for the Western Australian Department of Justice and in the Justice Health Unit in the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health. She is also a board member of HepatitisWA. Louise is a lawyer who previously practised in criminal law, worked for seven years commissioning prison mental health services and developing forensic policy in the Western Australian Mental Health Commission, and also worked for Australian Red Cross monitoring conditions in immigration detention centres. She is a Churchill Fellow, and completed her report in 2020 on strategies for national agencies to improve state prison mental health systems and services. She is a steering committee member of WEPHREN, the Worldwide Prison Health Research and Engagement Network. Within the Justice Health Unit Louise is engaged in several national and international projects to strengthen the evidence base and promote evidence-based decision making on health issues in prison and detention settings. She holds a law degree and masters degrees in International Development and in Mental Health Policy and Services.

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