Social and Cultural Resilience and Emotional Well-being of Aboriginal Mothers in Prison

  • Research program: Justice health
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2010
  • Expected end date: December 2016
  • Completion date: December 2016
  • Funded by: NHMRC - 630653
  • Lead organisation:

The study aims are to:

  1. Involve a broad range of stakeholders throughout the research process (objective 1);
  2. Describe the health of Aboriginal women in prison, with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing (objectives 2-5);
  3. Investigate equity of access to culturally safe health care in prison for Aboriginal women (objectives 5-8);
  4. Identify the key attributes of culturally safe models of health care for Aboriginal women in prison (objectives 5-9);
  5. Identify pathways for the transition of culturally safe health care into the community so that health gains are maximised on release from prison (objectives 6&8); and
  6. Build capacity among Aboriginal researchers, Aboriginal community controlled health services and relevant community organisations (objectives 1,8 & 10).

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Dr Jocelyn Jones
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1616
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Chief Investigator

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health


  • Chief Investigator: Eileen Baldry, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Marisa Gilles, WA Country Health Service
  • Chief Investigator: Elizabeth Sullivan, University of Newcastle
  • Chief Investigator: Juanita Sherwood, University of Technology Sydney
  • Chief Investigator: Michael Levy, Australian National University
  • Co-investigator: Mandy Wilson, Curtin University
  • Co-investigator: Sacha Kendall, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Elizabeth Sullivan


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Dr Mandy Wilson
Research Fellow
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1625
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This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

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, 43, (3), pp. 241-247. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12892 [RJ1484] 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

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:10.1177/2158244016686814 [RJ1193] View web page

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

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

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]