Shelley Walker

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Shelley commenced her PhD at NDRI in September 2014, which is being undertaken jointly with the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute. Her research aims to address a gap in knowledge about the post-release trajectories of young adult prisoners with a history of injecting drug use. Her thesis will be nested within an NHMRC funded cohort study involving 500 Victorian prisoners.

Shelley has a background in nursing, having worked in both clinical and community settings for over a decade, combined with over a decade of experience in project development, research and support worker roles in the youth health sector, and more recently, three years in research roles in Australia and Cambodia.

Shelley is also working as a research assistant on the PATH project, within the Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use (CREIDU) at the Burnet Institute.

  • M. Primary Health Care, University of Melbourne
  • BA Community Development, Deakin University
  • Advanced Dip Community Development, Swinburne University of Technology
  • RN, Goulburn Valley Base Hospital School of Nursing
  • Young people
  • Illicit and injecting drug use
  • Prisons
  • Health Promotion
  • Sexual health and sexuality
  • International health
  • Human rights

Walker, S., Higgs, P., Stoove, M., A. and Wilson, M. "That's the Lowest Place on Earth!" Experiences of the Carceral Spaces of Australian Police Custody for Marginalized Young Men. Qualitative Health Research. [In Press] DOI: 10.1177/1049732319897603 [RJ1585] View web page

Walker, S., Seear, K., Stoove, M., A., Higgs, P. and Wilson, M. A spray bottle and a lollipop stick”: An examination of policy prohibiting sterile injecting equipment in prison and effects on young men with injecting drug use histories. International Journal of Drug Policy. [In Press] DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.07.027 [RJ1513] View web page

Kirwan, A., Curtis, M., Dietze, P., Aitken, C., Woods, E., Walker, S., Kinner, S., Ogloff, J., Butler, T. and Stoove, M., A. (2019). The Prison and Transition Health (PATH) cohort study: Study protocol and baseline characteristics of a cohort of men with a history of injecting drug use leaving prison in Australia. Journal of Urban Health, 96, (3), pp. 400-410. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-019-00353-5 [RJ1511] View web page

Walker, S., Higgs, P., Stoove, M., A. and Wilson, M. (2019). "They just don't care about us!": Police custody experiences for young men with histories of injecting drug use. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology. DOI: 10.1177/0004865819868004 [RJ1512] View web page

Walker, S., Stoove, M., A., Wilson, M. and Higgs, P. (2019). Understanding HIV and hepatitis C virus risk among incarcerated young men with histories of injecting drug use. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19, (2), pp. 130-131. DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30801-6 [RJ1473] View web page

Walker, S., Lancaster, K., Stoove, M., A., Higgs, P. and Wilson, M. (2018). “I lost me visits”: A critical examination of prison drug policy and its effects on connection to family for incarcerated young men who inject drugs. Contemporary Drug Problems. DOI: 10.1177/0091450918777280 [RJ1413] View web page

Walker, S., Higgs, P., Stoove, M., A. and Wilson, M. (2017). Narratives of young men with injecting drug use histories leaving adult prison. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. pp. 1-27. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X17747829 [RJ1404] View web page

Walker, S., Temple-Smith, M., Higgs, P. and Sanci, L. (2015). 'It's always just there in your face': Young people's views on porn. Sexual Health, 12, (3), pp. 200-206. DOI: 10.1071/SH14225 [RJ1029] View web page

Walker, S. Pathways in and out of prison for young men with injecting drug use histories. Drug and Alcohol Research Connections. [UJ217]

Walker, S., Sanci, L. and Temple-Smith, M. (2013). Sexting: Young women’s and men’s views on its nature and origins. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, (6), pp. 697–701. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.01.026 [RJ] View web page

Walker, S., Sanci, L. and Temple-Smith, M. (2011). Sexting and young people: Experts' views. Youth Studies Australia, 30, (4), pp. 8-16. [RJ]