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Standards for health services in Australian prisons


The RACGP Standards for health services in Australian prisons (the Standards) are based on the RACGP Standards for general practices (3rd edition). The Standards have been customised for use by health services in Australian prisons.

For their contribution to the Standards for health services in Australian prisons, the RACGP would like to thank the following.

Members of the National Expert Committee on Standards for General Practices (NECSGP), whose deep commitment to standards of quality and
safety has resulted in this final document:

  • Dr Lynton Hudson (Chair)
  • Mrs Julianne Badenoch
  • Dr Michael Civil
  • Dr Karen Douglas
  • Dr Glynn Kelly
  • Dr Craig Lilienthal
  • Ms Angela Mason
  • Dr Chris Mitchell
  • Ms Robin Toohey AM
  • Dr Noela Whitby AM.

Dr Stephen Hampton and Dr Cameron Loy from the RACGP Network for Custodial Health, and all the general practitioners, staff and other health professionals working in health services in Australian prisons who provided comment on the revisions required to make these Standards applicable and appropriate for use by these services.

Members of the various organisations and government departments involved in the administration of healthcare in Australia’s corrections system who provided advice during the development of these Standards including representatives from:

  • Australian Capital Territory Health
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Commonwealth Ombudsman
  • International Health and Medical Services
  • Justice Action
  • Mental Health Council of Australia
  • New South Wales Justice Health
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • South Australia Prison Health Service
  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Victoria Police
  • Western Australia Corrective Services.

Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited, who conducted a field test of the RACGP Standards for health services in Australian immigration detention centres at both a private and public centre in Western Australia, and provided advice on how these Standards could be  adapted for corrective services in Australia.

The staff of Acacia and Eastern Goldfields regional prisons that participated in the pilot accreditation visits.

The Standards for health services in Australian prisons were principally authored by Dr Ronelle Hutchinson and Mr Ian Watts on behalf of the NECSGP.

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