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This initiative is a benchmarking project for court liaison/court diversion mental health services throughout Australia. It aims to compare the various legislative frameworks, models, inputs, outputs and outcomes. Where feasible, cost effectiveness analysis will be employed to assess the various approaches to court liaison and diversion throughout Australia.
Court liaison/court diversion programs are a key component of forensic mental health services, providing early mental health intervention and, in some cases, diversion from the criminal justice system to the mental health care system. The components of service delivery and legislative options available differ across jurisdictions in Australia. The Australian Health Minister's Advisory Council (AHMAC) Principles for forensic mental health services, along with several other policies, call for services to be provided in an efficient and cost effective manner. To date, there is limited research regarding how cost effectiveness should be measured and defined for forensic mental health services.
It is anticipated that the findings of this project will have implications for future mental health policy.
Abstract adapted from the Centre of Research Excellence in Offender Health
Centre of Research Excellence in Offender Health
Justice Health Research Program
The Kirby Institute
Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building
University of New South Wales