Professor Paul Dietze, Professor Stuart Kinner, Amy Kirwan, Professor Alison Ritter, Professor Mark Stoové


Burnet have been commissioned by QLD Corrective Services to undertake an evaluation of the introduction of opioid substitution therapy into Queensland prisons.


  • To provide a brief overview of trends in substance misuse among offender populations in Australia, with a focus on opioids and poly-drug misuse involving opioids;
  • To provide a review regarding current national and international best practice in the design and delivery of OST programs for offenders in custodial and community contexts;
  • To identify what QH and QCS data can be used (including scoping of gaps in the data) to measure the extent to which the OST programs to be delivered in the custodial and community contexts are successful in achieving intended benefits
  • Present clear findings regarding the collection of any additional data needed to measure outcomes of an OST program.
  • To identify the barriers to, and benefits of, programs delivered to Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre, Townsville Women’s Correction Centre, Lotus Glen Correctional Centre ad Townsville (Men’s) Correctional Centre.
  • To present findings regarding the initial Phase 1 OST delivery and implementation, to inform and enhance Phase 2 (state-wide expansion) of OST programs across all adult correctional centres in Queensland; establish baseline and outcome measures and targets for the proposed state-wide OST program rollout (Phase 2) in all adult Queensland custodial settings.

Who Will Benefit?

Service providers and government departments as well as current and potential recipients of OST program in QLD prisons


Mixed methods utilising literature review, drug trends analysis, data scoping, qualitative primary data collection and secondary data analysis.


All data collection complete. Final report to be submitted at end of April 2019.


2018 – 2019


For more information relating to this project, please contact Amy Kirwan:


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