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:
Australian Red Cross monitoring conditions of detention in immigration detention facilities,
Western Australian Mental Health Commission, commissioning prison mental health services and developing forensic policy, and
Practicing as a lawyer.
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.
August 25, 2019 – October 1, 2019
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