Understanding mortality inequality among prisoners

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Prisoners have poorer health than the general community, with particularly high levels of mental health issues, disabilities, drug misuse, and chronic conditions. Mortality among the individuals involved with the criminal justice system is much higher than among their community peers, with the greatest risk immediately after release. The World Health Organization has acknowledged, ‘public health can no longer afford to ignore prison health’. This PhD project investigates cause-specific mortality, its predictors, trends, and potentially avoidable death among a cohort of individuals with a history of imprisonment in NSW between 2002-2018, and the impact of post-release programs and interventions on mortality.


IDEAL CANDIDATE

We are looking for a domestic or international candidate with research experience and understanding of statistical methods and data linkage. The ideal candidate must have an interest in developing complex statistical analysis skills using various statistical software (e.g. SAS, and Stata). Good oral and written English communication skills are necessary for the successful completion of the PhD and for effectively working with staff in clinical and non-clinical areas within NSW Department of Justice.
Supervisory team
Azar
Kariminia

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Tony
Butler

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Julian
Trollor

Medicine
Psychiatry
Akariminia@kirby.unsw.edu.au