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Best practice interventions in corrections for Indigenous people

Hilton Hotel, Sydney
09 October 2001

Hilton Hotel, Sydney
8-9 October 2001

This conference was organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology in conjunction with the Department of Corrective Services, New South Wales.



This conference addresses best practice interventions in juvenile and adult corrections for Indigenous people. Topics covered include best practice examples in: offending behaviour programs; educational programs; cultural programs; suicide prevention; health care; substance abuse programs; and administration. In addition, the conference addresses methods of diverting Indigenous offenders from detention and prison, including: remand; sentencing options; and community corrections.

Conference papers

Keynote addresses

  • Future directions in corrections
    Dr Leo Keliher, Department of Corrective Services, New South Wales
  • Serving Indigenous corrections (Presentation not available)
    Tauto Sansbury, Aboriginal Justice Advocacy Committee (AJAC), South Australia; and National Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (NAJAC)

Alternatives to imprisonment

Chair: Lorraine Robinson, Department of Families, Queensland

Managing corrections

Programs and interventions

  • Opening address
    Senator The Hon. Chris Ellison, Minister for Justice and Customs

Panel: making programs culturally appropriate - what we have learnt 10 years after the Deaths in Custody Inquiry

  • Culturally appropriate programs in the Queensland Department of Corrective Services (Presentation not available)
    Darcy Turgeon, Department of Corrective Services, Queensland
  • Cultural program initiatives (Presentation not available)
    Pat Maurer, Department of Corrective Services, New South Wales
  • Managing wholistic approaches
    Winsome Matthews, Chair, Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council, New South Wales; and Project Development Officer, Indigenous Women's Program

Panel: Community corrections and diversion programs: addressing issues in the community that lead to contact with the criminal justice system

Alternative dispute resolution

Chair: Rhonda Booby, Department of Corrective Services, New South Wales

Best practice in adult corrections for American Indians in the United States

  • Best practices – culture in healing (Presentation not available)
    Dr Jan Gossage, University of New Mexico
  • Assessing suicide risk among detained native American and non-native American populations (Presentation not available)
    Assoc Prof Margaret Severson, University of Kansas
  • The interrelationship of drugs and alcohol to crime in Indian Country (Presentation not available)
    Dr Jan Gossage, University of New Mexico

Diversions and interventions

Chair: Pip Wisdom, Office of the Correctional Services Commissioner, Victoria

Maintaining effective programs - where are the champions?

Panel: Drug and alcohol interventions for Indigenous people

  • Interventions for Indigenous Australians: the broader context
    Dennis Gray and Brooke Sputore, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology; and Assoc Prof Sherry Saggers, Institute for the Service Professions, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
  • 'NO MORE' No more grog, no more shame, no more hurt, no more pain (Presentation not available)
    Linda Pfeiffer, Drugs Summit Co-ordinator, Department of Juvenile Justice, New South Wales
  • Diversionary programs for all young Indigenous offenders (Presentation not available)
    Eddie Taylor, Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council, Northern Territory


Managing corrections

Juvenile justice

  • Victorian programs for young Indigenous people 'at risk'
    Anthony Lovett and Kerry Stringer, Juvenile Justice Section, Department of Human Services, Victoria; and Lynne Parker, Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, Victoria
  • Young people in a detention sexual health project (Presentation not available)
    Tara Hunter, Central Sydney Area Health Service, New South Wales; and Una Champion, Department of Juvenile Justice, New South Wales


Programs in interventions

Juvenile justice: programs and interventions