The healthcare of older inmates in the correctional setting

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Potter, E, Cashin, AJ, Chenoweth, L & Jeon, YH 2007, 'The healthcare of older inmates in the correctional setting', International Journal of Prisoner Health, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 204-213.

The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449200701520115

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Australia, like other western nations, is experiencing a new trend within its prison population - the ageing inmate. This 'greying' of the population presents a unique challenge for the correctional environment. Specific needs of this population may not be well met within a correctional facility due to the physical environment layout and surroundings, restricted health service access and unaccommodating facilities and programmes. This is compounded by limited visits from family and friends. This paper outlines some of the general needs of the older male inmate and the difficulties this poses for correctional and health services. Current international initiatives and programmes used to address the ageing population's needs are briefly examined, as are the implications for Australian and international correctional and health services wishing to implement such schemes. The applicability of Government Legislation, pertaining to the standards of care in the community, to correctional aged care programmes and facilities is discussed.

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