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​Louise Southalan (Australia)

​Louise Southalan (Australia)Louise Southalan is a lawyer working in the area of prison and detention health systems and is currently undertaking a Churchill Fellowship examining ways in which national agencies can best support state-based prison and jail mental health services.  As part of this travelling fellowship, she is delighted to be spending September at the University of Michigan Law School as a Michigan Grotius Research Scholar.

Louise works in the Western Australian Department of Justice on prison health projects and as a researcher with the Justice Health Unit in the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health.  Her current projects with the University of Melbourne include undertaking a review for the Australian National Mental Health Commission on justice and health policies and strategies at federal and state levels, to identify ways in which they could better meet the mental health needs of justice-involved people.  Her previous roles include:

She is very interested in international collaborations involving prison and detention health and would welcome opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from the University of Michigan.  Louise is a steering committee member of WEPHREN, the Worldwide Prison Health Research and Engagement Network, a non-executive director of HepatitisWA, and a collaborator on several international justice health projects.  She has a law degree and masters degrees in International Development and in Mental Health Policy and Services and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Period of stay

August 25, 2019 – October 1, 2019