Our network advisors meet regularly to provide our the network with specialist and strategic advice on issues relating to justice involved young people in Victoria, including advice on priorities, goals, direction and possible activities of the network. This includes supporting the identification and sharing of emerging trends and issues in youth justice.
This group also contributes to raising community awareness of the issues experienced by justice involved young people in Victoria by offering expert media comments on behalf of the network on a particular issue, where appropriate.
Members of the JYP advisory group are appointed as individuals, not as representatives of an organisation or other network.
Two of our advisors, Emily and Sanne
Emily Munro-Harrison is a Wiradjuri woman and early career academic. Her professional background includes working in policy, evaluation and research, with a focus on participatory and community led methods in Indigenous youth justice, prevention of violence, place-based research, and health and wellbeing. She currently works as a Senior Research Officer at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Emily is completing her PhD examining experiences and expressions of culture and identity by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Melbourne, at the University of Melbourne. She has qualifications in social science, environment and creative writing.
Emily’s research approach focuses on community identified and driven needs, using qualitative methods that centre the voice of those the research is designed to benefit.
In 2016 Emily co-founded the Indigenous Group of Learning, a cultural support and visitation program for Aboriginal men at Port Phillip Prison. This program uses culture, art, music, literacy and aspirations to develop goals for the future with participants.
Sanne Oostermeijer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, School of Population and Global Health. Sanne graduated with a Research Master in Cognitive Neuropsychology and a PhD from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, VU medical center in 2017 (The Netherlands). Her research focus is on the mental health and well-being of young people, with a particular focus on justice involved young people.
Sanne has been involved in several multi-disciplinary and international projects in collaboration with various academics, health professionals, social workers, architects and people with lived experience. Her work mostly involves mixed-methods approaches, including stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and service provider data (e.g., national minimum data sets).
Last year she won the inaugural Victorian Design Challenge 2018 together with her partner, architectural graduate Matthew Dwyer, for their proposal ‘Local Time: Promoting resilience in the Juvenile Justice System’. This ongoing project establishes how small-scale local youth justice facilities can best support positive outcomes for justice involved young people in custody.
Sanne is passionate about finding local solutions and promoting service integration and person-centred care in both the juvenile justice system and the mental health care system.