Measuring mental health in criminology research: Lessons from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program

Abstract | This report describes and discusses the process and challenges inherent in measuring mental health concerns among alleged offenders in police custody.

This is, in part, informed by the author’s experience as the Site Manager responsible for DUMA data collection in New South Wales from 1999–2010.

Her role included evaluating and improving the mental health information collected as part of the DUMA program.