Call for abstracts for the 2019 Justice Health Conference are now closed.


Abstract submissions were invited for long oral, rapid fire and table top presentations at the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Justice Health Conference 2019, to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Tuesday 9 to Wednesday 10 April 2019.

The Conference will focus on Justice health is public health.

The 2019 Conference will focus on justice health being about more than just prisons. About 60% of adults in the corrective services system, and more than 80% of those in youth justice are supervised in the community, and almost all of those held in prison or detention are released back into the community. The health issues of people involved in the criminal justice system therefore are those of the community. With higher rates of mental illness, behavioural problems, disability, risky alcohol consumption, tobacco smoking, illicit drug use, chronic disease and communicable disease than people in the general community, this is a group with significant and complex health needs. Public health is about preventing ill-health through addressing underlying issues and inequities which impact on people’s health. The World Health Organization has promoted, and PHAA endorses, the concept that “Prisoner Health is Public Health”.

The purpose of the Conference is to once again highlight the health needs of people involved in the criminal justice system which are often viewed as separate from, or unrelated to, the health of the general community. Further, the social determinants of health share many similarities with the determinants of crime. Involvement with the criminal justice system has a huge impact on the community in terms of breaking up families, economic and financial impacts, and health outcomes. Thus the wider impacts are often overlooked when the focus is on punishment.  With the massive over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system this has particularly resonance with the Indigenous peoples in Australia. 

Prisons and detention centres present a dilemma for the community in terms of investing in the health and wellbeing of the group while at the same time meeting the community’s ‘perceived’ expectation of punishment. Health and well-being gains for individuals in prison or detention and those who have contact with the justice system in the community are health gains for us all, while missed opportunities adversely affect the broader community.

It is pertinent to ask whether the public health successes enjoyed in other areas (safer roads, gun control etc.) can be similarly applied to offending and the justice sector.

The Conference will have high quality national experts presenting various aspects of justice health, It will provide a forum for sharing a range of evidence, findings and ideas in justice health, as well as for making recommendations for the way forward.

To download a copy of the Call for Abstracts flyer please click here.


Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to one of the Conference themes.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers.

Papers that have clear public health significance in line  with the Conference theme  will be considered and accepted.

Presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health are particularly welcome.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online facility on the Justice Health Conference 2019 website.

Select the Abstract Submission tab and follow the prompts.

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version. Online abstract document loading is completed via browsing your selected computer drive. Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission.

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the Conference registration fee.

Conference sub themes

The two day program is designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from people engaged in the justice health area. We invite you to submit abstracts related to research, policy or practice under the following session themes:

  • Non-communicable diseases

  • Alcohol, tobacco and drug use

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation, Closing the Gap, family, cultural and community care

  • Mental health and trauma

  • Youth justice

  • Hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other bloodborne and sexually transmitted infections

  • Disability

  • Throughcare and community reintegration

  • Human rights, governance and policy

  • Refugee health

  • Prison healthcare

  • Complex needs

  • Ageing

  • Women in prisons, including high risk pregnancies

  • Impacts of privatisation of prisons on health.


Conference objectives

  • Create a culturally-safe environment for knowledge sharing, collaboration and relationship building;

  • Address the issues of preventing ill-health through addressing underlying issues and inequities which impact on people’s health;

  • Bring together public health and justice professionals to compare experiences, share ideas and solutions on justice health;

  • Establish and build a strong public health network to tackle justice health issues; and

  • Summarise actions/next steps from the Conference to develop policy and advocacy to address justice health issues.


Target audience

The Conference aims to facilitate conversations on addressing the gaps in Justice Health. Attendees will include health and custodial officials, policy makers at the Commonwealth, State and local levels, program managers from both the public and private sectors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and community members, prison doctors and nurses, academics, service delivery agencies and anyone interested or working in justice health.


Presentation Type

Long Oral Presentations

Presenters have a total of 15 minutes to present. There will be up to 6 speakers per session. The session will have a nominated chair.

Abstract submitted must have clear learning objectives and outcomes from the presentation.


Places are limited.

Rapid Fire (Short Oral)
There will be a concurrent session for short oral presentations. Presenters have a total of 6 minutes’ presentation time using up to three power point slides. The session will have a nominated chair.

Table Top
Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table Tops involve multiple presenters at multiple tables with each presentation made at a round table of up-to 9 participants. Presenters have 10 minutes – 5 minutes for presenting and 5 minutes for questions. A bell is rung after 5 minutes, indicating when questions commence.

Once the 10 minutes is up, music will play and the presenter will move to the next table and repeat their presentation.

Abstract Requirements

  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review

  • Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual abstract submission form for requirements

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables

  • The abstract should include sub-headings in relation to the chosen domain, suggested headings are below:

    • Research: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion

    • Policy / Practice: Context, Process, Analysis, Outcomes

  • Maximum of 2 presenters per long oral, maximum of 1 presenter for short oral and table tops. All correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract

Abstract submissions closed on Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 11:59pm AEDT


Presentation offers will be advised in mid-February 2019.


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