People with Complex Needs Who Pass Through Criminal Justice: Professor Margaret Hamilton

31 May 2010

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About the Speaker

Professor Hamilton is Professorial Fellow in the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne. She is the immediate past Chair and now Vice-President of the Cancer Council Victoria, and is also an executive member of the Australian National Council on Drugs. She is also a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Homelessness. Professor Hamilton has long standing policy, research and programme development experience in the arena of alcohol and drug dependence, including as a delegate to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Professor Hamilton's background is in social work and public health, and she has conducted research in epidemiology, policy, evaluation (prevention and treatment), young people and drugs, women and alcohol, alcohol problems in remote Australia, evaluation of therapeutic communities and self-help. She was the founding Director of the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Victoria, and recently chaired the Multiple and Complex Needs Panel in Victoria.

About the Presentation

Efforts to enhance efficiency in service provision have produced increasingly sophisticated targeting in the various human service domains.

In the context of changing demographics, the aftermath of de-institutionalisation of the 1970's to 1990's and governments contracting out services with tight specifications this has often had an unintended outcome of excluding those with multiple needs; leaving some people in our community especially vulnerable. Some appear to be at increasingly high risk of being 'serviced' in our state run justice systems. This paper shares the experience of one endeavour of a state to provide an over-sighting service (under legislation) to those at the extreme end of the spectrum of people with multiple and complex needs.

Victoria's Multiple and Complex Needs Panel (2004-2009): observations of the Chair.

People with Complex Needs Who Pass Through Criminal Justice' is part of the 'Beyond Punishment' seminar series, sponsored by Corrective Services NSW.

Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm (registration and refreshments from 5.30pm)

Location: Sydney Law School, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free however registration is essential

Contact: Sydney Institute of Criminology

Phone: 9351 0239

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