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Don Dale youth detention facility (IMAGE credit: AAP/NEDA VANOVAC)

Western Australia has drastically reduced medical care for new prisoners, putting an already vulnerable group at further risk, according to WA's peak medical body.

Until December of last year, Department of Justice process was that a new prisoner would see a doctor for a full medical assessment within 28 days of admission. This would allow the prison to identify chronic problems, manage a prisoner's medications and identify psychological or psychiatric issues among other issues. Now, groups of prisoners will see a nurse as they arrive at a facility.