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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Winunga prison health study

 

Overview

The Winunga prison health study aimed to develop a best practice model for the delivery of a holistic health care service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates of the Alexander Maconochie Correctional Centre (in the Australian Capital Territory) and to their families. The Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service (WNAHS) wanted to have this model implemented in the ACT to better inform health care practices for Indigenous inmates, their families, and Indigenous health service providers in the wider custodial environment throughout Australia.

There were five recommendations from the study:

This project was initiated in response to the construction of the ACT's first prison, the Alexander Maconochie Correctional Centre, which was due for completion and to receive its first inmates in 2008. Through its work with Indigenous inmates at Goulburn and Cooma prisons in New South Wales, and the Belconnen Remand Centre and Quamby Youth Detention Centre in the ACT, WNAHS recognised the ACT prison opening as an opportunity to improve the appropriateness and effectiveness of health care delivery to Indigenous inmates of custodial institutions.

This project involved the following organisations:

Abstract adapted from Lowitja Institute

Contacts

Nerelle Poroch
Ph: 02 6284 6237
Fax: 02 6284 6223
Email: Nerelle.Poroch@winnunga.org.au

Related publications

Poroch N, Tongs J, Longford E, Keed S (2012)

Aboriginal health workers at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service caring for the needs of Aboriginal people in the new ACT prison and the needs of their families.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 36(1): 6-8, 17

Tongs J, Chatfield H, Arabena K (2007)

The Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service holistic health care for prison model.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 31(6): 6-8

Poroch N, Boyd K, Tongs J, Sharp P, Longford E, Keed S (2011)

We're struggling in here! : the phase 2 study into the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT Alexander Maconochie Centre and the needs of their families.

Narrabundah, A.C.T: Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service (2007)

You do the crime you do the time: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences of prison life and afterwards.

Narrabundah, ACT: Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service (2007)

You do the crime you do the time: best practice model of holistic health service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates of the ACT Prison.

Narrabundah, ACT: Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

This report details the findings from the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service study into a best practice model of holistic health service delivery for Aboriginal inmates at the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Alexander Maconochie Centre. This report outlines a number of recommendations that resulted from the study, including:

Abstract adapted from the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

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Last updated: 31 January 2014
 
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