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The Department of Corrective Services looks after offenders in the Western Australia's (WA) 14 public prisons and two private prisons as well as people on probation, parole and other community orders. The Department's facilities are spread throughout WA. In addition to services of community support, counselling, education and vocational training, employment, programs, supervision and reporting, the Department is responsible for the health services provided to offenders.
Offenders entering the prison system receive a health screening check that looks for chronic diseases (such as diabetes) and communicable diseases (such as hepatitis C). Health care is provided to all prisoners in WA by a team of doctors, nurses, mental health, addiction specialists, and visiting health specialists including psychiatrists, dentists and allied health specialists.
Education and health awareness programs are also available to prisoners to encourage them to improve their health skills and live healthier lives when they are released. While in custody, prisoners receive the same level of health care the general public would receive under the public health system.
Abstract adapted from Department of Corrective Services.
Department of Corrective Services
Level 9, 141 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Locked bag 22
Cloisters Square WA 6850
Ph: (08) 9264 1711