The purpose of this project is to understand how PHC can both improve access to health care for Aborginal people released from custody and also offer greater access to and coordination of social support services for former inmates in order to improve health outcomes.
Dr Jane Lloyd, Prof Mark Harris, Prof Eileen Baldry, Ms Elizabeth McEntyre, Ms Dea Thiele, Ms Kathy Malera Bandjalan, Prof Juanita Sherwood, Dr Penny Abbott, Prof Jennifer Reath and Dr Devon Indig
Mark Harris, Eileen Baldry and Elizabeth McEntyre (School of Social Sciences, FASS), Dea Thiel and Kathy Malera Bandjalm (AMSWS), Juanita Sherwood (UTS), Penny Abbott and Jennifer Reath (UWS), Devon Indig (UNSW)
Given the disproportionate rates of Aboriginal incarceration and ill health among Aboriginal people who have been in custody, strategies to improve Aboriginal access to effective and culturally appropriate interventions are urgently needed. The current paucity of dedicated programs, exacerbated by cultural and geographical barriers, and a lack of continuity of care, decreases the accessibility of suitable substance misuse, mental health and other interventions for Aboriginal people, and are likely contributing factors to their demise and risk of re-entering the criminal justice system. The purpose of this project was to understand how primary health care can both improve access to health care for Aboriginal people released from custody and also offer greater access to and coordination of social support services for former inmates in order to improve health outcomes.
The research examined how primary health care can better meet the health care and social support needs of Aboriginal Australians transitioning from prison to the community. This includes:
Design and Method
This mixed methods study included a systematic literature review, linked dataset analysis and qualitative interviews.
SPRINT: Services and Primary health care needs for Recently released Inmates in Need of Treatment and health management
Jane Lloyd Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney; School of Social Science, FASS, UNSW; UTS, UWS