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Professor Ross Homel

Professor Ross Homel, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD is Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University; he has been a part-time Commissioner of the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission from February 1994 to April 1999. He is currently Deputy Director of the newly established Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance at Griffith University; Professor Homel was the editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology from 1992 to 1995, and in 1997 and 1998 was a Visiting Fellow in the Reshaping Australian Institutions Project, and Research Affiliate, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. Professor Homel's major research interests are the prevention of crime, violence and injury, and the associated theoretical and methodological challenges. He has designed and evaluated numerous community projects directed at the health and wellbeing of young people.

Professor Fiona Stanley

Professor Fiona Stanley, Scientific Director TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. Her work involves conducting and supervising research in maternal and child health. The Professor's main areas of research are analytical studies including:

  • the causes of lifelong consequences of low birth weight and other pre and postnatal problems.
  • Patterns of maternal and child health in Aboriginal and Caucasian populations.
  • Using record linkage and registers to conduct epidemiological studies in maternal and child health.
  • Conducting cohort studies to address important hypotheses in maternal and child health.

Dame Margaret Bazley

Dame Margaret Bazley, Chief Executive Department of Social Policy New Zealand is the driving force behind the Strengthening Families Strategy which intervenes in the development of criminality. It is a service delivery model for the collaboration of government and non-government agencies to ensure a seamless and effective service to families is achieved.

Dr James McGuire

Dr James McGuire Director of Clinical Psychology Liverpool University, editor of the seminal publication "What Works In Reducing Offending". Dr McGuire's work covers applications of psychology to criminal justice; treatment of offenders; adolescent aggression; social problem-solving and cognitive-behavioural therapies.

Dr Adam Graycar

Since 1994 Adam Graycar has been Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, a Commonwealth Government statutory authority. He has had long experience in policy making, research and research management at the most senior levels in Australia. He was the first Director of the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales. He is the author of numerous books and articles in social policy, is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia, and is Adjunct Professor of Social Policy, University of Queensland.

David Moxon

David Moxon is head of the Crime and Criminal Justice Unit, Research, Development and Statistics Directorate, Home Office, UK. The Research, Development and Statistics Directorate (RDS) is an integral part of the Home Office and provides information for Ministers and policy makers to enable them to provide evidence-based decisions. The RDS also assists the police, probation service, the courts, immigration officials and firefighters to do their jobs as effectively as possible. This is achieved by maintaining the various statistical services published by the Home Office and by carrying out research or commissioning others to do so. Within the RDS there are teams of skilled specialist staff such as statisticians, researchers, economists and scientists all working together to inform and advise Parliament and the public as well as Home Office colleagues.

Dr John Toumbourou

Dr John Winston Toumbourou BA (Hons), MA, PhD, MAPsS is an Associate Professor in Adolescent Health at the University of Melbourne, Centre for Adolescent Health. Dr Toumbourou has been the Principal Investigator in the evaluation of a range of intervention programs including the Chronic Illness Peer Support Program (Victorian Public Health Award 1999), the Behaviour Exchange Systems Training program (targeting families experiencing youth substance abuse, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, best articles award 1997) and Program for Parents (a national youth suicide prevention program demonstrating success in reducing early youth delinquency and substance use). Most recently Dr Toumbourou has received funding support to evaluate the Communities That Care, community mobilisation program in Victoria with targets including crime prevention and substance abuse prevention.