Ruth McCausland

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Briefing paper

31 Aug 2017

The brief considers issues facing these groups of Indigenous people in their contact with police, in courts, in custody and post-release, highlighting the lack of appropriate diversionary programs at all stages of this contact.

Research report

8 Aug 2013

This report models the cost-benefits of introducing diversionary programs early in life for people with mental health disorders and cognitive impairment.

This report uses New South Wales as the example for discussion as it has the best information on mental health disorders and cognitive...

Research report

15 May 2012

There is a lack of empirical research in Australia examining the lifecourse institutional costs associated with vulnerable people who are homeless. The study presented here has developed pathway costings using the Mental Health and Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System (MHDCD) Dataset that contains...

Research report

10 Aug 2009

There are notable differences in the Local Court data on crime rates between different Aboriginal communities in NSW.

Despite this, there has been a lack of qualitative research on the factors affecting crime rates in Aboriginal communities. With support from the NSW...

Research report

13 Aug 2008

Making the welfare payments of Indigenous people conditional on measures such as their children’s school attendance is becoming an increasingly popular policy measure in Australia. The stated aims of such an approach include ensuring that money is spent on essentials such as food, clothing and...

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