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The successful community reintegration of released prisoners is one of the projects currently undertaken by Deakin's Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research (CMHWBR).
Located within the School of Psychology (Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences), the CMHWBR combines mental health research of the general population with mental health research of socially marginalised and disadvantaged groups.
One of its most innovative and successful projects is the instigation and organisation of the annual Reintegration Puzzle Conference. Initiated in 2004 by Professor Joe Graffam (Head of School of Psychology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty), this conference connects the nation's policymakers and professionals who are involved in the reintegration of released prisoners.
Through this work, Deakin University now partners with a range of government and prison advocacy stakeholders. This has resulted in the development of important state and national networks and is providing effective interaction between government, providers and consumers.
With its lifespan approach to mental health and wellbeing, the CMHWBR's four research concentrations are:
While funding comes from international and Australian research funding bodies, governments and industry, much of the Centre's research is facilitated through the support and collaboration of strong partnerships.
Because the majority of the Centre's research is applied, it encompasses a large network of active partnerships with community organisations including government departments, peak bodies, regional mental health services and regional community health services. These partners include:
The Centre's projects currently include: