The power of reform: Imprisonment & mental health in Victoria

Screenshot 2017-01-17 11.28.23Thursday 23 February 2017, 11am-12pm

The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC,  Australia

Free lunch to follow.
Please register using the form at the bottom of this page.

The event

This is a public conversation that aims to lay the ground for new policy ideas. This event will focus on how we can rethink current health and criminal justice policy ideally to prevent the imprisonment of Victorians with mental illness, cognitive impairment and/or intellectual disabilities, whilst also considering how we can improve conditions of imprisonment and support post imprisonment experiences better. 
We aim to inspire change.


There is a rising over-representation of individual’s with either/or mental illness, intellectual disabilities or cognitive impairments in the criminal justice system and in our prisons.

The impact of imprisonment for individuals with mental illness, cognitive impairment and/or intellectual disabilities, their families and the community is devastating. We think imprisonment can and should be avoided, but how? We think post-imprisonment can and should be done better to support individual’s who manage cognitive impairment, intellectual disabilities or mental illness, but what can we do that will result in meaningful, powerful change?

This event brings together leading advocates and thinkers in a range of areas, to ask how what we can achieve to turn these trends around and to improve the lives of individuals and to improve the livelihood of the community as a whole. 

This is a Q&A event: we encourage audience participation. 

The Panel

Facilitator: Damien Carrick, from ABC RN’s The Law Report will facilitate this event. 


  1. Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough, Moorabin Magistrate’s Court, and the Assessment and Referral Court (ARC)
  2. Mr Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer, Brain Injury Australia
  3. Ms Karenza Louis-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, ACSO


As seats are limited, please register to avoid disappointment, using the form below.


Marie Segrave, Anna Eriksson & Claire Spivakovsky,
Monash University & the Imprisonment Observatory.