Prisoner health care provision: Reflections from Australia

Michael Levy (Centre for Health Research in Criminal Justice, Justice Health, and the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)

International Journal of Prisoner Health

ISSN: 1744-9200

Publication date: 1 January 2005


Australian prisons are organised around eight state and territory jurisdictions, and a number of private prison operators. A broad range of structures have evolved over 200 years around correctional management in Australia, including the arrangements for the provision of prisoner health. This paper highlights a large number of issues to argue the complex interactions between prisoner health and “public health.” The Australian context provides the backdrop for this discussion.



Levy, M. (2005), "Prisoner health care provision: Reflections from Australia", International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 65-73.

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