Dr Mandy Wilson

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Dr Wilson is a Research Fellow at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), Curtin University, Western Australia. She received her PhD in the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality in 2004. She is currently a member of the Aboriginal Research Team and the Program Lead of the Justice Health team at the NDRI. She has a long history of working with vulnerable groups, including transgender people, young people in residential AOD treatment, and Aboriginal Australians, and has been involved in many community-driven research projects in the AOD and public health space. For the past 7 years her work has focused on justice-involved and incarcerated populations, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait females, with her areas of expertise expanding to include mothering from prison, females who use force, and issues around domestic and family violence.

  • PhD Anthropology, Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia
  • BA (Hons) Anthropology - gender and sexuality, Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia
  • BA Anthropology and English Literature, Anthropology and English Literature, University of Western Australia
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Transgender
  • Young people
  • Violence and Indigenous substance use issues

Walker, S., Higgs, P., Stoove, M., A. and Wilson, M. (2020). "That's the Lowest Place on Earth!" Experiences of the Carceral Spaces of Australian Police Custody for Marginalized Young Men. Qualitative Health Research. DOI: 10.1177/1049732319897603 [RJ1585] 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 & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12892 [RJ1484] 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., Higgs, P., Stoove, M., A. and Wilson, M. (2019). Detoxing in the cells: Experiences of Police custody before prison for young men with histories of injecting drug use (Abstract). Drug and Alcohol Review. pp. S104-S104. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12991 [RJ1578] View web page

Walker, S., Seear, K., Stoove, M., A., Higgs, P. and Wilson, M. (2019). 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.07.027 [RJ1513] 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

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

Wilson, M., Kristal, K. and Butler, T. (2019). Non-fatal Strangulation: a Guide for GPs. MJA InSight Plus. [UJ218] View web page

Wilson, M., Kristal, K. and Butler, T. (2019). Non-fatal strangulation: a guide for GPs. MJA InSight Plus. [RJ1536] View web page

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

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

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]

Gray, D., Cartwright, K., Stearne, A., Saggers, S., Wilkes, E., T. and Wilson, M. (2017). Review of the harmful use of alcohol among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Indigenous Healthinfonet. [RJ1359] 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

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., Simpson, P., Butler, T., Richters, J., Yap, L. and Donovan, B. (2017). ‘You’re a woman, a convenience, a cat, a poof, a thing, an idiot’: Transgender women negotiating sexual experiences in men’s prisons in Australia. Sexualities, 20, (3), pp. 380 - 402. DOI: 10.1177/1363460716652828 [RJ1081] View web page

Wilson, M. (2016). A Reflection on Conducting Research with Aboriginal Mothers in Prison. New Community, 13, (3), pp. 60-61. [UJ209]

Gray, D., Stearne, A., Bonson, M., Wilkes, E., T., Butt, J., C. and Wilson, M. (2014). Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol, tobacco and other drugs treatment service sector: Harnessing good intentions. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9873641-6-6 [T231] Download PDF

Gray, D., Wilson, M., Allsop, S., Saggers, S., Wilkes, E., T. and Ober, C. (2014). Barriers and enablers to the provision of alcohol treatment among Aboriginal Australians: a thematic review of five research projects. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, (5), pp. 482-490. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12137 [RJ950] View web page

Roarty, L., Wildy, H., Saggers, S., Wilson, M. and Symons, M. (2014). What difference does treatment make? Developing a qualitative measure of young people's progress in residential rehabilitation: final report. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9873641-5-9 [T230] Download PDF

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

Wilson, M., Butt, J., C., Gower, D., Wilkes, E., T., Gray, D. and Howe, N. (2013). Drinking in the suburbs: The experiences of Aboriginal young people. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9873641-9-7 [R267] Download PDF Abstract

Wilson, M., Saggers, S. and Wildy, H. (2013). Using narratives to understand progress in youth Alcohol and Other Drug treatment. Qualitative Research Journal, 13, (1), pp. 114-131. DOI: 10.1108/14439881311314694 [RJ881] View web page

Roarty, L., Wildy, H., Saggers, S., Conigrave, K., Wilson, M., Di Nicola, K., Webb, J. and Faulkner, J. (2012). 'My Journey Map': Developing a qualitative approach to mapping young people's progress in residential rehabilitation. Contemporary Drug Problems, 39, (4), pp. 715-733. [RJ834]

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]

Gray, D., Stearne, A., Wilson, M. and Doyle, M., F. (2010). Indigenous-specific Alcohol and Other Drug Interventions: Continuities, Changes and Areas of Greatest Need. Australian National Council on Drugs, Canberra. ISBN: 9781877018237 [R239] Download PDF

Wilkes, E., T., Wilson, M. and Ward, J. (2010). The stark reality of overdose mortality among Indigenous peoples: (another) plea for action. Addiction, 105, (11), pp. 1971-1972. [RJ761]

Wilson, M., Stearne, A., Gray, D. and Saggers, S. (2010). The harmful use of alcohol amongst Indigenous Australians. Australian Indigenous Healthinfonet. Australian Indigenous Healthinfonet. [UP27] View web page

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]

Wilson, M. (2010). Feeling extraordinary in ‘ordinary’ spaces: betwixt and between gender in an Australian context. World Anthropologies Network, 5, pp. 128-148. [UJ] Download PDF Abstract

Wilson, M. (2002). ‘I am the prince of pain, for I am a princess in the brain’: Liminal Transgender Identities, Narratives and the Elimination of Ambiguities. Sexualities, 5, (4), pp. 425-448. [RJ]