The 5th Annual Correctional Services Healthcare Summit 2014 carrying the theme “Addressing the gaps, promoting multidisciplinary care and improving the continuum of care into the community” will take place in Melbourne, Australia on August 28 – 29, 2014 at the Novotel Melbourne on Collins.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of prisoners in Australia reached over 30,000 for the first time late last year. Prisoners have significant health issues with high rates of mental health problems, communicable diseases, chronic conditions, alcohol misuse, smoking and illicit drug use. The health, well being and welfare of prisoners, both while in custody and during the transition to community, requires specialist skills and services.
The 2014 Correctional Services Healthcare conference will bring together corrective health service directors and managers from government agencies, correctional facilities and community health services to address the gaps and multidisciplinary care needed to improve the continuum of care for prisoners. From clinical risk management to a detailed analysis of specific health issues and case studies, key stakeholders will discuss the latest strategies and research and share innovative projects that are making a difference across Australia.
In addition to the topics of 2013 this year’s edition will include the following new topics: Medication Management, Telemedicine, Multidisciplinary Team Approaches, Legislating Prisoner Human Rights.
- Standards for Health Services in Australian Prisons: RACGP
- Legislating the Human Rights of Prisoners: The ACT Experience – Sean Costello, Principal Legal Officer, Human Rights & Discrimination, ACT Human Rights Commission
- Changes to Mental Healthcare Service Delivery within the Victorian Adult Male Prison System – Dr. Dion Gee, Forensic Psychologist, Forensicare & Australasian Psychology Services
- Panel Discussion: Managing Inmates with Cognitive, Intellectual and Psychosocial Disabilities
- Increasing Workforce Capacity to Better Respond to Methamphetamines — Ice – Crios O’Mahony — Workforce Development Lead, Penington Institute
- Prisons for Aboriginal and Torres Island People: Meeting Physical and Mental Health Needs – Dr. Elizabeth Grant, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, The University of Adelaide
- Ageing “on the inside”: Catering for the Needs of Elderly Inmates – Ingrid Johnston, Project Manager, Australian Institute for Health and Welfare
- Implementing a High Dependency Unit (HDU) for Prisoners with Complex and High Health Needs – Jenny Shand, Health Centre Manager, Rimutaka Prison, Wellington
- The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach in Custody – Stephen Green, Manager, Accommodation Services, Youth Justice South Australia, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
- Accessing Speciality Providers through Telemedicine – Prof. Harry McConnell MD FRCPC FRANZCP, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane
- Smoking Ban Update Session Led by NT and Queensland: Smoke Free Prisons — Lessons from the NT – Marita Hefler, Acting Principal Health Advisor, NT Dept of Correctional Services; Researcher, Tobacco Control Program, Menzies School of Health Research
- Case Study: “Gone In a Puff of Smoke!” The Quit Smoking Program in Queensland Correctional Centres – Suzanne Golby, Clinical Nurse — NRT program, Brisbane Correctional Centre
- Case Study: Maximising Outcomes through Specialist Education for Correctional Nurses — Revitalising the West Moreton Prison Health Service – Ashleigh Djachenko, A/Nurse Educator, Prison Health Services, West Moreton Hospital Health Service
- Case Study: Clinical Pathways and Care Planning in the Correctional Environment – Cathi Montague, Nurse Management Facilitator (NMF), SA Prison Health Service
- Session: Breaking Out: HIV Treatment and Care when PLWHIV (People Living with HIV) Transition from Custodial Settings into the Community – Gary Hampton, Senior Social Worker, Aids Dementia & HIV Psychiatry Service
- Session: Women in transition from custody: where does general practice fit in? – Dr. Penny Abbott, Senior Lecturer, General Practice, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney
- Session: Exploiting Incarceration as an Opportunity to Change the Health and Criminogenic Trajectories of People who Inject Drugs – Associate Professor Mark Stoové, Head, HIV Research Program, Head, Justice Health Research Program, Burnet Institute
- Closing Panel