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Seminar I Transforming Corrections to Transform Lives: Co-creating a model for individual and systems change


Seminars / Lectures / Workshops

  • Date

    18 Apr 2023

  • Organiser

    Department of English and Communication

  • Time

    17:00 - 18:00

  • Venue



Professor Susan Dennison


This event is jointly organised with the International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication, PolyU.


Transforming Corrections to Transform Lives (TCTL) commenced as a collaboration between the university, philanthropic, and governmental sectors. Our collective aim was to develop a transformative system of practice that breaks cycles of disadvantage and enables mothers impacted by incarceration, and their children, to have safe, dignified and fulfilling lives. In doing so, we sought to develop a comprehensive and shared understanding of mothers’ and children’s needs, examine current correctional and programmatic practices, identify system barriers and gaps in services across the sector (e.g., child protection, health, education), and allocate responsibility for change. This presentation will provide an overview of the principles and methodologies employed in this co-creation project, including those from implementation science and system design approaches. Key findings will be described, drawing from workshops with mothers in prison and government and non-government service providers, journey mapping and extensive consultation. Critical ingredients for success in employing the co-creation approach will be discussed and the transformative model for individual- and system-level change will be presented.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Susan Dennison

Professor Susan Dennison

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia

Transforming Corrections to Transform Lives Centre, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia

Susan Dennison is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Griffith Criminology Institute at Griffith University. She is Director of the Transforming Corrections to Transform Lives Centre, leading a transformative system of practice to better support mothers who experience incarceration, and their children, break down intergenerational cycles of disadvantage and incarceration, and generate new knowledge for evidence-based programs. She is a former Australian Research Council Future Fellow and across multiple funded projects has investigated how childhood adversity, particularly maltreatment and parental incarceration, affects young people’s outcomes. She emphasises translating research to policy and practice.   

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