The Prisoner Health Data Collection is held by the AIHW. The collection has been conducted in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015. Data are collected over a 2-week period from all public and private prisons throughout Australia. The scope includes demographic and health related data on prison entrants and prison dischargees, as well as data on prisoners who visit a prison clinic, prisoners who are taking prescription medication while in custody, prison clinic services and staffing levels. The data are used to report against the National Prisoner Health Indicators, assist in monitoring the health of prisoners and inform prisoner health service planning and delivery. Data are published by the AIHW in the “Health of Australia’s Prisoners” reports..

Collection details

Temporal coverage

2009, 2010, 2012 & 2015

Geographical coverage


Data availability


Data scope

Australian prisons in participating jurisdictions.



Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Prisoner health NBEDS

Prisoner health NBEDS 2015 DQS

External links and information 

The health of Australia’s prisoners 2015


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