Recent Projects

Children’s Medical Tourism: Developing an Inclusive Base for International Study : A/Prof Neera Bhatia (Deakin University) and Others

Project details
This is a funded project that aims to develop a trans-national, trans-disciplinary understanding of children's medical tourism.  Children's medical tourism is "the bi-directional movement of children (less than 18 years of age) to and from a country to seek advice, diagnosis and treatments". The distinctively international nature of children's medical tourism demands an international research base to understand the scale and extent of the phenomenon and competing questions it raises in different jurisdictions.

This project seeks to:

  • Develop an expanding network of academics and practitioners with an interest in children's medical tourism with apresence in Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe and Oceania.

  • To bring to light aspects of the many questions that children's medical tourism raises in international law, philosophy and bioethics, social science and the provision of healthcare that may not be apparent in a single national context.

  • To improve the diversity, inclusivity and coherence of research into children's medical tourism

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‘Evaluation of the Justice-based Impacts of Public Intoxication Reform: A/Prof Tania Penovic, A/Prof Maria O’Sullivan (Deakin University) and Others

Project details
The criminalisation of public intoxication in Victoria has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities, including the state’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Victoria’s justice-based response to public intoxication has been replaced by a health-led response and the crime of public intoxication abolished in November 2023. These reforms have been introduced in response to extensive engagement with Victoria’s Aboriginal community, recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody and the inquest into the death in police custody of Yorta Yorta woman, Ms Tanya Day.

The project is funded by Victoria’s Department of Justice and Community Safety and seeks to:

  • Evaluate the transition from a criminal justice response to public intoxication to a public health response.

  • Examine the factors that facilitate, support or impede access to public health services, including sobering services and other healthcare and social supports.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the reforms on building and sustaining partnerships to improve outcomes for vulnerable communities, including Aboriginal, Sudanese ad South Sudanese communities.

  • Evaluate the extent to which the justice and legal infrastructure supporting the implementation of the reforms is consistent with human rights, including the right to health and health-related rights.