Dr Jocelyn Jones

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Dr Jocelyn Jones is a Nyoongar woman, with Wadjuk, Ballardong and Palyku connections to the land in Western Australia (WA). She has extensive experience working in health and justice, in both Aboriginal community controlled health services and in senior management positions in the Department of Health in WA. Jocelyn holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and a Masters in Applied Epidemiology. She is an early career researcher and in the last 10 years has made significant contributions to Aboriginal health and social wellbeing through her work with Aboriginal prisoners and juvenile justice. Jocelyn has participated in, and led, high quality research projects, and has played a key role in overseeing data analyses, interpretation of results, conceptualisation of publications and dissemination of results. She is leading the adaptation of a mainstream high intensity violence program for incarcerated women. The program titled Beyond Violence was developed in the US, and Jocelyn is responsible for adapting the program to ensure it is culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. She has also been key to consultations and negotiations with other Aboriginal leaders in the community around elements of various research projects. Jocelyn has mentored and built capacity of non-Aboriginal researchers through provision of cultural mentorship. Her expertise in the prison health system has been acknowledged through her ongoing involvement in Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services prison inspections as an expert health consultant, and she advises government through her membership on the National Prisoner Health Data Collection committee. Jocelyn is a current member of the Ombudsman’s advisory group, and volunteers as an official visitor for the WA Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services.

  • PhD Pathways to Contact with Juvenile Justice, University of Western Australia
  • Masters Applied Epidemiology
  • BA Sociology, Murdoch University
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Prisoner health
  • Child protection
  • Juvenile justice
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Alcohol and other drugs

Jones, J., McGlade, H. and Davison, S. Traditional Aboriginal Healing in Mental Health Care, Western Australia. Global Aboriginal Mental Health. Springer, New York. [In Press] [CH226]

Steele, M., Meurk, C., Schess, J., Yap, L., Jones, J., Harden, S., Davison, S., Butler, T. and Heffernan, E. (2021). Substance use and help-seeking among justice-involved young people in Queensland and Western Australia: A cross-sectional survey of 14–17-year-olds. Drug and Alcohol Review, 40, (4), pp. 617-626. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13238 [RJ1681] View web page

Gubhaju, L., Williams, R., Jones, J., Hamer, D., Shepherd, C., McAullay, D., Eades, S. and McNamara, B. (2020). "Cultural security is an on-going journey…" Exploring views from staff members on the quality and cultural security of services for Aboriginal families in Western Australia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, (22). DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17228480 [RJ1651] View web page

Yap, L., Jones, J., Donovan, B., Nathan, S., Sullivan, E., Davison, S., Heffernan, E., Richards, A., Meurk, C., Steele, M., Fisher, C., Ton, B. and Butler, T. (2020). The sexual behaviours of adolescents aged between 14 and 17 years involved with the juvenile justice system in Australia: A community-based survey. PloS One, 15, (12). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243633 [RJ1667] View web page

Sullivan, E., Kendall, S., Chang, S., Baldry, E., Zeki, R., Gilles, M., Wilson, M., Butler, T., Levy, M., H., Wayland, S., Cullen, P., Jones, J. and Sherwood, J. (2019). Aboriginal mothers in prison in Australia: a study of social, emotional and physical wellbeing. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12892 [RJ1484] View web page

Wilson, M., Butt, J., C., Jones, J., Morrison, D. and Wilkes, E., T. (2019). Fighting, Alcohol and Offending: Interventions Targeting Aboriginal Girls (YAWG). National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-6487367-1-4 [T280] Download PDF

Jones, J., Wilson, M., Sullivan, E., Atkinson, L., Gilles, M., Simpson, P., Baldry, E. and Butler, T. (2018). 'Australian Aboriginal women prisoners’ experiences of being a mother: a review. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 14, (4), pp. 221-231. DOI: 10.1108/IJPH-12-2017-0059 [RJ1412] View web page

McNamara, B., Gubhaju, L., Jorm, L., Preen, D., B., Jones, J., Joshy, G., Shepherd, C., McAullay, D. and Eades, S. (2018). Exploring factors impacting early childhood health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities: protocol for a population-based cohort study using data linkage (the ‘Defying the Odds’ study). BMJ Open. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021236 [RJ1705] View web page

Cartwright, K., Gray, D., Wilson, M. and Jones, J. (2017). Evaluation of the AOD-Our-Way Project. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. [T254]

Wilson, M., Jones, J., Butler, T., Simpson, P., Gilles, M., Baldry, E., Levy, M., H. and Sullivan, E. (2017). Violence in the lives of incarcerated Aboriginal mothers in Western Australia. SAGE OPEN, 7, (1), pp. 1-16. DOI: 10.1177/21582440166868 [RJ1193] View web page

Wilson, M., Jones, J. and Gilles, M. (2014). The Aboriginal Mothers in Prison project: an example of how consultation can inform research practice. Australian Aboriginal Studies, (2). pp. 28-39. [RJ1051] View web page

Yap, L., Carruthers, S., Thompson, S., Cheng, W., S., Jones, J., Simpson, P., Richards, A., Thein, H., Haber, P., Lloyd, A. and Butler, T. (2014). A descriptive model of patient readiness, motivators, and hepatitis C treatment uptake among Australian prisoners. PloS One, 9, (2), pp. e87564. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087564 [RJ1011] View web page

Kariminia, A., Butler, T., Jones, J. and Law, M. (2012). Increased mortality among Indigenous persons during and after release from prison in New South Wales. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 36, pp. 274-280. DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2012.00844.x [RJ731] View web page

Wilson, M. and Jones, J. (2012). The Social and Cultural Resilience and Emotional Well-being of Aboriginal Mothers in Prison. CentreLines, 36, pp. 2-4. [UJ183]

Wilson, M. and Jones, J. (2015). Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. [R280]

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