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released: 14 Aug 2014 author: AIHW

This bulletin provides an overview of health services in Australian prisons. It draws on data available from the 2012 National Prisoner Health Data Collection, supplemented by contextual information provided by state/territory departments responsible for prisoner health, to bring together a more comprehensive picture of services delivered to prisoners than has previously been available. The governance of health care in prisons in Australia is complex, with diverse services delivered, including some outside the prison.

ISBN 978-1-74249-605-4; Cat. no. AUS 183; 24pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • Summary
  • Contents
  • Introduction
    • Frameworks for delivering prisoner health care
    • Principles for delivering prisoner health care
    • Governance of prisoner health in Australia
    • Delivering prisoner health services
    • Prisoner use of health services
  • Results from the 2012 NPHDC
    • Medication prescribed in prison
    • Medical appointments outside prison
    • Referrals for further medical care
    • Treatment and diagnosis of health conditions in prison
    • Health professionals available at prison clinics
  • Health services information not previously available
    • Mental health services
    • Alcohol and other drug (AOD) services
    • Dental services
    • Services accessed in the general community
    • Returning to the community
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Related publications
  • Verso page

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Prisoner health services in Australia 2012. AIHW bulletin no. 123. Cat. no. AUS 183. Canberra: AIHW.

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