Research Stream: Forensic Mental Health

The Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research's Forensic Mental Health Group's research leads to significant benefits for clinical practice. Led by Associate Professor Ed Heffernan, the Group's research informs service design and delivery and, ultimately, improves the experience of forensic consumers and other stakeholders. The Group prioritises the sharing of research findings with stakeholders and the wider community through publications, seminars and presentations.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among incarcerated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Women: Improving the understanding of prevalence and treatment.

Early Intervention and Prevention

Partners in prevention: Understanding and enhancing first responses to suicide crisis situation.

Forensic Mental Health Systems and Services
  • Involuntary mental health treatment orders in Australia: A national comparison
  • Specialised police negotiation of crisis situations in Queensland - a data linkage project involving Queensland Health and Queensland Police Service
  • Police Communications Centre Mental Health Liaison Service - enhancing responses by police and mental health services to persons with mental illness in the community
  • Fitness for Trial and Fitness for Interview - a retrospective review of individuals found to be of unsound mind in Queensland
  • The use of interactive technology in custodial settings for the delivery of social and emotional well-being programs
  • Mental Health Court Liaison Services: A national benchmarking project
  • Pathways of Care: A description of the outcomes of the individuals who are assessed by the Queensland Court Liasison Service
  • Indigenous Mental Health Intervention Program: Outcomes of a specialist in-reach program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody
Partner Projects

Improving outcomes for people with acute mental illness in the emergency department: A data linkage study