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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Aboriginal health community re-entry program



The Aboriginal health community re-entry program aims to improve the health of Aboriginal people released from prison.

Aboriginal health community re-entry workers are employed through Aboriginal Medical Services, other non-government agencies and the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health, to encourage Aboriginal men and women (including juveniles) to actively participate in their health before and after release from custody.

Key health areas are:

Aboriginal health community re-entry workers provide support and improve access to health services by linking Aboriginal people with appropriate health services before and after release from custody. Support is provided up to a year after release to allow adequate time for clients to establish relationships and engage with health services and programs.

Participation in the program is voluntary and referrals can be made via prison staff or through self-referral while in custody or after release.

The Department of Corrective Services is working in partnership with WA Department of Health to deliver this program.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Department of Health


Damian Hart
Program Manager
Aboriginal Health Improvement Unit
PO Box 6680
East Perth Business Centre WA 6892
Ph: (08) 6145 4115
Mobile: 0419 582 098
Fax: (08) 9226 5711

Related publications

Aboriginal Health Community Re-Entry Program (2013)

West Australian Department of Health

This brochure provides details on the Aboriginal health community re-entry program in Western Australia (WA). The brochure provides information on:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hart D (2012)

Aboriginal Health Community Re-Entry Program.

Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Correctional Services Healthcare Summit. August 2012, Melbourne


Last updated: 27 April 2016
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