On Tuesday 31 0ctober 2006, the CJRC held a very successful launch of its activities in the Monash University Law Chambers (472 Bourke Street Melbourne). The event was attended by nearly 50 guests including Monash University researchers and representatives from state and federal government departments and other interested organisations.
Associate Professor Donna Cohen (Director, Research Program Development Unit) chaired proceedings and the CJRC was officially launched by Professor Leon Piterman (Senior Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences). In his address, Professor Piterman noted the establishment of multi-disciplinary networks has greatly assisted the development of collaborative research in fields such as ageing. He commended the CJRC's cross-disciplinary approach, noting the successes (the formation of new collaborations and the winning of external grants)it has achieved in the short time it has been operating. Professor Piterman concluded by stating he expected the CJRC to have a major impact in the field through this approach.
Associate Professor Chris Trotter (CJRC Executive Committee founding member and Department of Social Work researcher) followed Professor Piterman’s opening with a brief presentation on the origins of the CJRC, areas of expertise covered by its members and plans for the future.
The keynote address was delivered by Professor Colin Roberts (Head of the Probation Studies Unit at the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Oxford) who presented recent findings from his unit, emphasising the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach in the unit's success.
The formal activities of the launch were concluded with drinks and supper in the foyer of the Monash University Law Chambers. Many people expressed their enjoyment of the event and the CJRC Executive Committee would like to thank those who attended and assisted in making the event the success it was.