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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 1461 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 August 2018 by Hon Alison Xamon

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Corrective Services
Minister responding: Hon F.M. Logan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to the $400,000 which has been allocated in 2018-19 for reform of prison health, and the transfer of prison health services to the Department of Health, and I ask:
(a) how it is anticipated this money will be used;
(b) has a preferred health delivery model been identified;
(c) if yes to (b), please describe the preferred model;
(d) if no to (b), when is it anticipated a preferred model will be identified;
(e) when is it anticipated the transfer of prison health services will be finalised; and
(f) who has been consulted, or is it intended will be consulted, in the reform of prison health services?

Answered on 12 September 2018

The Department of Justice advises:


(a)   This budget allocation is to fund a fit-for-purpose assessment of custodial health facilities and two project staff for six (6) months.

(b)   No.

(c)   Not applicable.

(d) A report on the findings of the Justice Health Project has been finalised by the project’s oversight committee for further consideration.

(e) see (d)

(f)   Consultation included:

    • On-site meetings with Department of Justice’s health and custodial staff at each publicly run metropolitan and regional custodial facility.
    • Department of Justice’s Health Services Directorate central office, pharmacy, medical records and psychological services staff.
    • Key WA health system staff members involved in the delivery of health services to those in custody.
    • Meetings held with Health Consumers’ Council and Health and Disability Services Complaints Office.
    • Views sought from a range of external stakeholders such as independent authorities, employer organisations, peak bodies, government agencies, advisory councils/boards and consumer representative/advocacy organisations.
    • WA Prison Officers Union.
    • CPSU/CSA.
    • Department of Justice’s internal intranet page.
    • Prison Support Services and Aboriginal Visitors Scheme staff.
    • Telephone and video conferences with representatives of Correctional Services in all other Australian jurisdictions.