Not available in 2020
(5 full days, 9:00am-5:00pm)
The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus
Law Enforcement and Public Health explores the multidimensional relationships that exist between the public health and public security sectors (including law enforcement, military and criminal justice and non-state actors). The course provides key examples of how the activities of the security sector are both enablers and disablers of public health imperatives. It identifies both challenges and opportunities for the promotion of public health in the law enforcement sector, depending on the course of action and how different elements of response are mobilised. During this intensive course, participants will develop an understanding of how to conceptualise and navigate the role of public security across a range of traditional and non-traditional public health challenges. Issues that are addressed include (but are not limited to): managing mental health in the community; responding to alcohol and drugs; disaster management and preparedness; violence prevention (family violence); infectious disease management; and global population migration and incarceration. The delivery of the course involves presentations from experts across public health, public security and civil society, facilitated interactive discussions, and sessions of small group work. The course leads participants through a comprehensive exploration of the principles of partnership and opportunities for collaboration between the health and law enforcement sectors, as well as the implications this has for governance and resourcing at local, national and international levels.