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released: 27 Nov 2015 author: AIHW media release

The health of Australia’s prisoners 2015 is the 4th report produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on the health and wellbeing of prisoners. The report explores the conditions and diseases experienced by prisoners; compares, where possible, the health of prisoners to the general Australian community and provides valuable insight into the use of prison health services. New to the 2015 report are data on the disabilities or long-term health conditions of prisoners entering the prison system (prison entrants), self-assessed mental and physical health status of prisoners and data on smoke-free prisons.

ISBN 978-1-74249-866-9; Cat. no. PHE 207; 224pp.; $82

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Background
      • Prisoner health services in Australia
      • Healthcare in the prison environment
      • Method
      • Report structure
    • 2 Demographic information
      • Australia's prisoners
      • Prison dischargees
      • Profiles of different prison populations
    • 3 Socioeconomic factors
      • Cultural background
      • Detention history
      • Education level
      • Employment and government support
      • Homelessness
      • Family
    • 4 Mental health before and while in prison
      • Mental health history
      • Changes to mental health while in prison
      • Recent psychological distress
      • Self-assessed mental health status
      • Mental health medication
      • Prison entrants referred to prison mental health services
    • 5 Self-harm
      • Self-harm behaviour
      • Identification of self-harm or suicide risk
    • 6 Communicable diseases
      • Sexually transmissible infections
      • Bloodborne viruses
      • Surveillance
      • Medication for Hepatitis C
    • 7 Chronic conditions
      • Asthma
      • Arthritis
      • Cardiovascular disease
      • Diabetes
      • Cancer
      • Self-assessed physical health
    • 8 Activity and health changes
      • Activity and weight changes
      • Health changes
    • 9 Aspects of women's health
      • Pregnancies
      • Cancer screenings
    • 10 Disability
    • 11 Tobacco smoking
      • Smoking status prior to prison
      • Smoking in prison
      • Quitting smoking
    • 12 Illicit drug use and needle sharing
      • Drug use prior to prison
      • Drug use in prison
      • Needle sharing
      • Opioid substitution treatment (OST)
      • Tattooing and body piercing
    • 13 Risky alcohol consumption
      • Alcohol consumption prior to prison
      • Alcohol consumption in prison
      • Alcohol treatment in prison
    • 14 Injuries, assaults and unprotected sex
      • Head injury
      • Accidents or injuries
      • Assault and sexual assault
      • Unprotected sex
    • 15 General health services
      • Consulting health services in the community and in prison
      • Barriers to use of health services
    • 16 Prison clinic
      • Use of prison clinics
      • Problems managed in clinic visits
      • Services received in prison clinic visits
      • Initiator of clinic visits
      • Type of health professional seen
      • Satisfaction with health services
    • 17 Medication
    • 18 Prison health services
      • Full-time equivalent staffing
      • Immunisation
      • Use of health services outside prison
      • Indigenous health services
    • 19 Release procedures
      • Health-related discharge planning
      • Continuing care
      • Medicare card
      • Preparedness for release
    • 20 Deaths
      • Deaths in custody
      • Deaths following release from prison
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Specifications of indicators
      • Appendix B: Data quality statement-National Prisoner Health Data Collection
      • Appendix C: Tables
      • Appendix D: Data sources
      • Appendix E: Prisoner health services in Australia
      • Appendix F: Key policy directions
      • Appendix G: Prisoner health legislation in Australia
      • Appendix H: List of prisons in Australia
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2015. The health of Australia's prisoners 2015. Cat. no. PHE 207. Canberra: AIHW.

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