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HoPE: (Health of Prisoner Evaluation): pilot study of prisoner physical health and psychological wellbeing

Posted on: 28 April, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 2, April 2009 - June 2009
Related to Family violence Diabetes Infectious conditions Injury Sexual health Social and emotional wellbeing Offender health Substance use Western Australia

Kraemer S, Gately N, Kessell J (2009)
HoPE: (Health of Prisoner Evaluation): pilot study of prisoner physical health and psychological wellbeing.
Perth: Edith Cowan University, School of Law & Justice

This report details findings from the Health of Prisoner Evaluation (HoPE) pilot project that sought to investigate prisoner health in Western Australia. The impetus for this project was the recognition of the lack of national data reporting on the health of Australian prisoners. The project involved administering a health questionnaire to Indigenous and non-Indigenous male and female prisoners in Western Australia. The data generated from the questionnaire provides preliminary information on prisoner health trends in the following areas: physical health; mental health; addictive behaviours; illicit drugs; contact with families; sexual history and sexual health; tattooing; and body piercing. The report compares the results of the study with information about the general population, but also evaluates the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous prisoners, and male and female respondents. This pilot study aimed to create a way for a standardised program of health checks to be introduced into WA prisons and ultimately for all Australian prisons.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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