Western Australia

Feb 1, 2018

New corrections policy accused of putting West Australian prisoners’ health at risk

Western Australia's peak medical body says a "short-term cost-cutting measure" is putting prisoners' health at risk.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis

Journalist

Don Dale

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.

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  1. Kfix

    Smells a bit like the doctor’s union protecting their turf at the expense of nurse practitioners and our health spending.

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