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released: 31 Oct 2006 author: AIHW

Toward a national prisoner health information system calls for an integrated national approach to prisoner health information, to support improved prisoner health. The report notes that the large and growing population of prisoners in Australia presents a strong challenge to the public's health. There is an opportunity to intervene and treat prisoners while in prison, leading to their better health, and subsequently reducing risks to the community on their release. But to do this effectively, better health information is needed. The report describes the key issues in the development, collection, management and use of health information relating to prisoners. It summarises the prisoner health information we currently have, highlights some of the gaps, and sets out the priorities for future development.

ISBN 978 1 74024 615 6; Cat. no. PHE 79; 44pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • Foreword
    • Acknowledgements
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Sections
    • Introduction
    • The value of good prisoner health information
    • Prisoners and their numbers
    • What we know about prisoner health
    • The importance to public health
    • The chance to intervene
    • The information sources we have at the moment
    • Data gaps and issues
    • What we need from here
  • End matter
    • Glossary
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2006. Towards a national prisoner health information system. Cat. no. PHE 79. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 30 May 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467911>.

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