Hayley Passmore

Western Australia
Child health researcher

Hayley is a researcher with qualifications in psychology, criminology and child health, and is working to improve the lives of young people in the juvenile justice system. She was part of a research project that found 89% of youth at a detention centre had at least one severe neurodevelopmental impairment – and most had not been previously diagnosed. Hayley's research indicated that a lack of knowledge, inadequate training and inconsistent information-sharing reduced custodial staff's ability to care for young people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other impairments. Working with custodial officers, Hayley created a training program – Reframe Training – to help them be aware of these neurodisabilities in young people and provide appropriate support. Her next step is to develop a train-the-trainer program for staff in the justice, police, education, community services and child protection sectors across Australia.

Hayley Passmore