Correctional Primary Health Service

Approximately 500 prisoners are accommodated within the Tasmanian prison system and all have access to health care provided at each of the facilities by the Correctional Primary Health Service.

The Correctional Primary Health Service currently operates in six centres:

  • The Risdon Prison Complex
    This complex has a dedicated medical clinic, consulting rooms, pharmacy and a hospital with six primary care beds. A hospital nursing service operates and will respond to medical emergencies within the Risdon Prison Complex.
  • Ron Barwick Men's Prison (minimum security)
    A health clinic operates in this facility and nursing staff are present 7 days per week.
  • Mary Hutchison Women's Prison
    This complex has a capacity of 45 beds including a maximum security section.
    A health clinic operates in this facility and nursing staff are present 7 days per week.
  • Hobart Reception Prison
    This is the major reception prison for the southern region. A health clinic operates in this facility and nursing staff are present 7 days per week.
  • Launceston Reception Prison
    A health clinic operates in this facility and nursing staff are present 7 days per week.

Services

  • Assessment of medical and mental state on entry to the prison system.
  • Management of active health problems including review of medications, treatment of existing conditions, drug and alcohol issues, mental health assessments.
  • Preventative health programs, including sexual health education, drug and alcohol education, immunisation, lifestyle assessment and education.
  • Provision of advice to the Prison Service on care for the frail, disabled or elderly in the prison environment.
  • Inpatient care, including drug and alcohol detoxification and relapse prevention, preoperative and postoperative care, management of infections, injuries and other conditions requiring low/medium level health care.
  • Opiate Substitution Program medication provision.
  • Outpatient allied health services referrals including forensic mental health, physiotherapy, dental and optometry.
  • Input into Suicide and Self Harm (SASH) assessment and risk management. Tasmanian Corrections Service / Therapeutic Services psychologists and counselling carry the responsibility for SASH management, however, the Correctional Primary Health Service has significant input.