Professor Michael Levy, Director, ACT Corrections Health Program
Since 1994, Professor Michael Levy has developed an interest in the interface of public health and the criminal justice system; he has facilitated the development of public health research projects in Corrections Health which have provided data relevant to developing better prevention and services for inmates. Research conducted with colleagues in the area of prisoner health has contributed to the National Drug Strategy and the National Hepatitis C strategy; both now acknowledge the role of prison and prisoners in addressing these issues. Previous work in children’s health led to recommendations to the NHMRC to alter the childhood immunisation schedule, supporting the second measles dose of vaccine. The area of the health of prisoners, especially those with an intellectual disability, is a much neglected field and his contribution has been to research, document and disseminate information at local and international levels. He is a recognised expert in the areas of hepatitis C epidemiology and the contribution of contemporary law practices to public health issues. Professor Levy has an international profile in the area of prisoner health and has advised governments throughout the world on prison health, public health and human rights.
Professor David Greenberg, Professor (Conjoint), Department of Human Behaviour, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
Professor Greenberg has made a significant contribution to the area of forensic intellectual disability by creating an evidence base concerning sexual offenders and more recently, concerning people with a mental illness in the criminal justice system. As a forensic psychiatrist, he is an expert in mental health issues related to the criminal justice system and has conducted research that has contributed to the evidence-based knowledge of treatment and assessment of sexual offenders.
Professor Greenberg has helped develop and now directs the New South Wales Statewide Community and Court Liaison Service which was developed to respond to the high prevalence of mental illness in people facing court and the difficulties encountered in accessing mental health services. The NSW Statewide Community and Court Liaison Service uses an evidence-based practice model to divert people with a mental illness to appropriate health care services rather than to custodial prison settings, without discontinuing the legal process.