The Law Enforcement and Public Health (LE and PH) subject explores the multidimensional relationships between law enforcement (especially but not only policing) and public health across a range of complex social and public health issues.
26-30 June 2017
The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus
The subject is designed to highlight how law enforcement activities are often frontline aspects of public health imperatives, integral to their effectiveness; and how public health often acts in a law enforcement capacity. Through explorations of various complex social and public health issues, the subject then examines the character, nature and effectiveness of the relationships between the two sectors.
Issues to be explored include the roles of LE and PH various areas important to public health such as mental health, alcohol and drugs, disaster management, violence prevention (especially domestic violence) and infectious disease. The analysis explores collaborative opportunities and the principles of partnership between the two sectors, and the related implications for the governance and resourcing of these issues at local, national and international levels. Ultimately this subject highlights that through better understanding of sectoral roles, and through a commitment to partnership, the management of complex social and public health issues can be more effectively handled.
The delivery of the subject will include field visits as well as presentations from police, public health experts and police/public health partnership teams.