16th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 March 2023

Changing Seasons,
Changing Lives


Please note the program is currently being revised. Conference Sessions will be held Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd March from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Welcome Drinks will be held on Wednesday 1st March from 5:00pm.

Wednesday 1 March 2023
9:30 am12:00 pm

Optional Pre-conference Workshop (Extra Charge Applies)

Working with People Experiencing Grief and Loss 

Rosemary Wanganeen, Australian Institute for Loss and Grief

1:30 pm3:00 pm

Meeting of Indigenous Advocates 

(Further information to be provided)

1:00 pm3:00 pm

After Prison Network Meeting 

5:00 pm10:00 pm

Welcome Function

Thursday 2 March 2023
9:00 am9:45 am

Conference Opening and Welcome to Country

9:45 am10:30 am

Keynote Presentation: Reintegration – Starting with the end in mind

Neil Campbell General Manager Cultural Capability, Ara Poutama Aotearoa, Department of Corrections

10:30 am11:00 am

Morning Tea

11:00 am12:30 pm

Breakout room 1

Breakout 1 – Using evidence to inform practice 


Breakout 2 – Disability in the criminal justice system

Breakout 3: Symposium – Mental health in prisons: implications for the general community

Leaving Prison: New evidence into the effectiveness of post-release support

Mindy Sotiri Executive Director, Justice Reform Initiative

From Gaol to Geneva; how changing my life is helping change the system.

Justen Thomas Council for Intellectual Disability

National opportunities to improve prison mental health policy and investment

Louise Southalan Researcher, University of Melbourne

The Banksia Hill Detention Centre Study: Translation of Justice Health Research into Action

Hayley Passmore Senior Research Officer, Telethon Kids Institute


Speaker to be advised

Improving Indigenous and Mental Health in our Prisons: A Small Change can go a Long Way

Craig Cumming Research Fellow (PhD candidate), University of Western Australia


Speaker to be advised

Mental health in prisons: implications for the general community: Mapping the prison mental health service workforce in Australia

Stuart Kinner Professor and Head, Justice Health Unit, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute & University of Melbourne

Jesse Young Research Fellow, Justice Health Unit, University of Melbourne

12:30 pm1:30 pm


1:30 pm3:00 pm

Breakout 1 – Supporting Young People

Breakout room 2

Breakout 2 – Holistic Service Provision 

Breakout room 3

Breakout 3

Reintegration and rising youth remand: evidence, issues and challenges

Shelley Turner Senior Lecturer, Monash University

Straight Talking Peer Mentoring

Prof Joe Graffam Emeritus Professor, Deakin University

Participation not Monitoring

Danny Shannon Founder, Encapsulator

Supporting young people leaving custody to re-enter education outside the walls

Kitty te Riele University of Tasmania

Fiona MacDonald Senior Research Fellow, Victoria University

Alison Baker Associate Professor in Youth and Community Studies, Victoria University

This is Me

Dr Fiona McGregor Prison Education Coordinator, Department of Justice, WA

3:00 pm3:30 pm

Afternoon Tea

3:30 pm4:15 pm

Keynote Presentation: Loss and Grief

Rosemary Wanganeen Australian Institute for Loss & Grief

7:00 pm

Conference Dinner (Extra Charge Applies)

Friday 3 March 2023
9:00 am9:45 am
9:45 am10:30 am
10:30 am11:00 am

Morning Tea

11:00 am1:00 pm

Breakout 1

Breakout 2 – Disability and Reintegration

Breakout 3 – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

Te Ngahere: A prison-based addiction and recovery programme which draws on Māori ancestral connection to the land, its seasons and its ecosystem.

Peter Sciascia Kaiwhakahaere Matua (Cultural Strategy and Relationships Lead), Odyssey House

Sheena Wallace Kaiarahi Māori (Cultural Lead), Odyssey House

Punishing Disability: The Lived Experience of Incarcerated Women With Cognitive Disabilities

Julie-Anne Toohey Academic Developer Criminology, University of Adelaide, University of Adelaide

Success Works – helping women look forwards with meaningful employment

Eleni Psillakis Program Manager, Success Works

Juanita Schaffa de Mauri Peer Support Coordinator, Success Works

Armon Tamatea University of Waikato

Assessing the Disability Needs of Indigenous Prisoners (ADNIP): Insights from an Australia-wide research project

Michelle McIntyre Senior Research Fellow, Synapse Australia/ Griffith University

Vere Lambert-Morris Senior Research Assistant, Synapse/ Griffith University

Elizabeth Kendall Professor, The Hopkins Centre, Griffith University

Jennifer Cullen Chief Executive Officer, Synapse, Australia

Disrupting Disadvantage and Trauma: Developing Deadly Futures.

Carly and Keenan Mundine CEO & Founder / Co-Founder & Ambassador, Deadly Connections Community & Justice Services Inc.

Let’s stop creating prisoners: The Pivot way

Ian Neil Chief Executive Officer, Pivot Support

From arrest to reintegration – collated learnings around improving access and support for people with a disability within the justice system.

Jennifer Snell Principal Practice Lead Service Quality Governance, Uniting WA

Justin O’Meara Smith CEO, Interchange

Carey Bindjareb Program

Mr Larry Smith Manager Prisoner Employment Programs & Transitional Services Rehabilitation & Reintegration, Department of Justice, Western Australia

Mr Raphael Poole Chief Executive Officer, Carey Training Pty Ltd

1:00 pm1:45 pm


1:45 pm3:30 pm

Breakout 2 – Innovation in Reintegration

Breakout 2 – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Responses

Breakout 3 – Post Release Services

Reintegrating Sexual Offenders

Vanessa Gwerder Uniting WA

Justice Reinvestment

Sophie Stewart Social Reinvestment WA

The RAW Truth

Chris Gabelish Operations Manager, Regional Alliance West

Post Release – The Importance of Peer and Family Support

Fiona Rogers Manager – Community Reintegration Centre, GEO

A United Approach

Luana Rocchiccioli Program Manager, ReSet

The Initial Transitional Support (ITS) service: Impacts of a 12 week reintegration support service on recidivism outcomes among high risk offenders in New South Wales.

Mark Howard Manager of Operational Performance and Research for Corrections Research Evaluation and Statistic, Corrective Services NSW

Plant a seed

Jo Smith Outreach Coordinator, Wellways Australia

Reintegration in the Pilbara: The Remote Lived Experience

Kanchi Thenuwara CEO, Pilbara Community Services Ltd

Tracy Flynn-Edward Business Manager, Pilbara Community Services Ltd

Reintegration – reducing reoffending in the Aboriginal population

John Eyre Chief Executive Officer, arbias Ltd

3:30 pm4:00 pm

Afternoon Tea

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