Johnston I, Shahid S, Schlumpp A, Wilkins S (2015)
The health of Australia's prisoners 2015.
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The health of Australia's prisoners 2015 is the 4th report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on the 'national prison health indicators'. These indicators were developed to help monitor the health of prisoners, and inform and evaluate the planning, delivery, and quality of prison health services across Australia. The report includes information on:
- prison health services
- demographic information of prisoners
- socioeconomic factors of prisoners, including cultural background, detention history, education levels, employment, housing, and family
- mental health status
- levels of self-harm
- health conditions, including communicable diseases, chronic conditions, self-assessed health status, and women's health
- substance use, including tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
The report includes substantial coverage of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners.
Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Douglas H, Hammill J, Russell EA, Hall W (2012)
Judicial views of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Queensland's criminal justice system.
Journal of Judicial Administration; 21(3): 178-188
Howard D (2012)
Presentation to the Victorian Bar Association on Indigenous hearing loss and the criminal justice system.
: Phoenix Consulting
This video recording provides advice for those working within the criminal justice system for improving communication with people who have hearing loss or other listening problems. Dr Damien Howard's presentation to the Victorian Bar explains how hearing loss impacts on justice and offender rehabilitation.
Key aspects of improving communication include:
- preparing people for the criminal justice process
- allowing people to tell the story in their own way
- informing people of topic changes
- watching for facial and body language cues to misunderstanding
- avoiding jargon and technical terms
- using amplification devices, as appropriate
- avoiding judgements of intelligence and honesty on the basis of speaking capacity.
The video has also been converted into audio only and is available from the link below.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
Vanderpoll T, Howard D (2012)
Massive prevalence of hearing loss among Aboriginal inmates in the Northern Territory.
Indigenous Law Bulletin; 7(28): 3-7