Joan Ellen Clarke OAM, PhD has been a member of IPCS Council for over 8 years. Her peer-reviewed Occasional Paper, The Tyranny of the Leather Book: Postcolonialism, Mental Illness and Prisons, is on this web site under Publications.

Previously Joan taught in the Politics School at University of Melbourne, was CEO of a large mental health agency and was a Council member of Forensicare. She was awarded an OAM for research.

Currently she serves on several Boards and Commissions including the Criminal Justice Taskforce and is a consultant to ASCA on organisational requirements for services providing support for people whose lifetime of trauma has been uncovered by The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.