The National Prisoner Health Data Collection (NPHDC) is held by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The collection has been held in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018. The 2021 collection was delayed due to COVID-19 related restrictions, and will instead be held in 2022. The scope includes various data items concerning prison entrants and prison discharges over a 2-week period, clinic attendances, medications administered and some general information about prisons and their operations.

Collection details
Classification/dimension variables
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Indigenous
  • SLK

Temporal coverage 

1/1/2009 to 31/12/2022

Geographical coverage


National and State

Data availability

  • Publications
  • Summary tables published in electronic form

Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply).

Restricted unit record access subject to Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply).

Data scope 

Australian public and private prisons in participating jurisdictions.



Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Prisoner health NBEDS DQS 2015 

Prisoner health NBEDS

External links and information 

Prisoners - overview


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