In 2008, 146 prisoners were interviewed across 2 maximum security prisons in WA about their physical, mental and sexual health, addictive behaviours (smoking, alcohol consumption, gambling, and drug use), family support & visitation, and tattooing & body piercing. Prisoners are often excluded from national health surveys as many of these are conducted via phone and it is difficult getting confidential phone access within the prison institutions. As a result, there is very little information available on the health of prisoners, and even less in WA. Prisoner health is important not only because prisons provide a period of time where poor health can be addressed, but also because of the transient nature of imprisonment. It is important that contagious diseases and illnesses (such as blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted diseases) are managed prior to release into the community.
ECU Faculty Grant - In collaboration with Professor Tony Butler
January 2008 - December 2009
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