Prisoner health


Health and ageing of Australia's prisoners 2018

Older prisoners in Australia are a growing part of Australia’s prison population. Since 2009, those aged 45 and over increased by 79%. This report explores the social, economic and lifestyle factors that could impact on older people’s health in prison.

Kungas’ trauma experiences and effects on behaviour in Central Australia

This research explored the lives of 12 Aboriginal women who were clients of the Kunga Stopping Violence Program (KSVP), and were incarcerated for alleged violent offences in Central Australia. Analysis of their life stories demonstrates the critical need for services that can effectively respond to...
Journal article

Well-being and mental health interventions for Indigenous people in prison: systematic review

This article finds that there is no high-quality evidence on the impact on mental health and well-being from interventions specifically for Indigenous prisoners, although existing studies suggest programme features that may maximise acceptability and impact. The authors argue that there is a moral, social and...
Position paper

Incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: policy position statement

This resource outlines the Public Health Association of Australia's (PHAA) position on the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. It should also be read in conjunction with PHAA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health policy position statement.
Journal article

Holistic primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners: exploring the role of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

This research aims to understand current and previous Indigenous offender health services and programs offered by four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and the experiences, challenges and enablers of delivering these.
Conference paper

Solitary confinement in Australian prisons: from ‘repentance’ to ‘oppression’.

This article assesses the use of solitary confinement in the Victorian prison system today and examines how it is currently justified according to legislation, sentencing practice and departmental prison regulations.

Report on the review of forensic mental health and disability services within the Northern Territory

This review examined forensic mental health service delivery, forensic disability services, health services in youth justice detention, community mental health and disability services for people leaving the criminal justice system, and legislation and court processes.

OPCAT in Victoria: a thematic investigation of practices related to solitary confinement of children and young people

Children and young people in Victorian prisons and youth justice systems are being damaged rather than rehabilitated through excessive use of isolation and separation. This report considers the practical implications of implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or...

Model of care for Aboriginal prisoner health and wellbeing for South Australia

The objective of the SA Prison Health Service (SAPHS) was to design a model of care that attends to the broad needs of the Aboriginal adult prisoner population (male and female) within the nine adult prisons across South Australia.

Giving prisoners a sporting chance

Prison sport and physical activity programs can play a key role in supporting prisoners to rehabilitate.