Incarcerated youth mental and physical health: parity of esteem

Yolisha Singh (Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, Sydney, Australia) (Department of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
John Kasinathan (Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, Sydney, Australia) (Department of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
Andrew Kennedy (Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, Sydney, Australia)

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

ISSN: 2056-4902

Publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe physical and mental health characteristics of incarcerated youth both internationally and in New South Wales (NSW) Australia. To outline current practices in the provision of mental and physical healthcare for incarcerated youth internationally and in NSW.

Design/methodology/approach

Population relevant literature will be outlined as applicable. Health service delivery will be discussed, with an emphasis on the experiences of NSW physical and mental health service provision for incarcerated youth.

Findings

This paper illustrates that in NSW there was a parity of provision between physical and mental healthcare, though there were deficits in what should ideally be provided. Internationally there was clear evidence that current minimum standards of healthcare in both physical and mental healthcare domains remain unmet.

Practical implications

Provision of physical and mental healthcare for incarcerated youth warrants global improvement. Further research into current provisions, across jurisdictions and subsequent standardisation of practice, will improve health outcomes for this vulnerable group.

Originality/value

This is the first paper to describe mental and physical healthcare provision in NSW for incarcerated youth framed within the broader context of international health service provision for similar populations.

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Citation

Singh, Y., Kasinathan, J. and Kennedy, A. (2017), "Incarcerated youth mental and physical health: parity of esteem", International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 203-212. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-03-2017-0011

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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