The ACT Government has recently unveiled a new five-year plan aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of adult detainees in the region.
The ACT Detainee Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2023-28 has been developed in consultation with various stakeholders, including detainees and healthcare providers. These consultations emphasised the need for a world-class health system that is easily accessible and appropriate for everyone.
The strategy highlights a shared commitment to addressing detainee health needs and minimising the adverse effect of imprisonment on their mental and physical wellbeing. It has four strategic priorities:
Providing person-centred care that is responsive to the cultural and individual needs of detainees.
Strengthening integrative responses by establishing collaborative and coordinated support systems for detainees, their families, and staff.
Empowering the workforce by building confidence and competence to deliver safe, high-quality care.
Ensuring strong and accountable governance by continuously improving systems and services through transparent mechanisms.
The release of the ACT Detainee Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2023-28 marks a significant milestone in promoting a comprehensive approach to delivering strong healthcare to the community.
To read the full strategy, visit ACT Detainee Health and Wellbeing Strategy