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This study focuses on health outcomes and health service utilisation among adult ex-prisoners in Western Australia (WA) and Queensland (Qld). This study uses a combination of face-to-face surveys and discussions, detailed review of medical records, and health information, to identify the key health needs of offenders. Results will identify health areas which need to improve as ex-prisoners transition from prison to the community. Specifically, this study aims to:
The project will collect both quantitative and qualitative data from a cohort of 2,500 ex-prisoners from the two jurisdictions, that together hold 44% of Australia’s Indigenous prisoners. The cohort will be followed prospectively through record linkage to identify patterns of (state and federal) health service utilisation post-release; parallel qualitative data from a subset of participants will deepen the understanding of barriers to health care for this group.
The project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
University of Western Australia abstract
Associate Professor Stuart Kinner
Head of Justice Health Research and Senior Research Fellow
Ph: (03) 8506 2368