Improving Health Of Men In Custody


The ‘Men’s health and wellbeing in custody’ project is just one of the major steps being taken to give men in custody the tools they need to improve their health.

It’s common for men in custody to have low rates of health literacy. Improving their health, and equipping them with knowledge and confidence to access health services before returning to the community is crucial.

The focus of the project centres on chronic disease prevention and health promotion – specifically regarding preventable diseases like obesity and diabetes. It also provides easy-to-understand information on topics including testicular and prostate cancer.

Consisting of 16 resources and an animated video featuring the voices of men in custody, the information has proven popular – and is currently accessed via in-cell tablets and other digital devices.

“Custody can provide the time and space to help men change lifestyle habits that lead to chronic disease,” said Katherine Tree, Health Promotion Senior Project Officer.

“People in custody experience poorer health outcomes than their community counterparts. Our team is passionate about ensuring our patients have access to health information to make healthier choices.”

“Ensuring each of our patients returns to their communities healthier helps reduce the likelihood of re-offending and future imprisonment.”

patients watching learning material

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