School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Field of Research:
Medical and Health Sciences
Associate Professor Clare Harvey; Dr Adele Baldwin
Doctor of Philosophy
Is there any improvement in wellness and health literacy of women recently released from Townsville Women’s Correctional Centre, following an episode of managed care and discharge planning?
There is a significant body of international research surrounding the health of prisoners, although there is very little evidence or knowledge around former prisoners' health literacy or health service use once leaving the correctional facility. Evidence in the literature reports many women take the opportunity to seek overdue and preventative health care whilst in prison and typically use the services more frequently. There is an apparent need to support former prisoners after release from prison to follow up with medical management of identified health issues, but there is currently no formal process in place specifically designed for this cohort.
Why my research is important/Impacts
The proposed research will involve following the women after release from Townsville to their home communities over a two-year period to evaluate if there is any social or health benefit return on investment by Townsville Offender Health Service and monitor any improvement in health literacy specific to this group. We have already identified these women are vulnerable and often in poor health when entering prison on remand or for short stays of less than 3 months. It would seem logical that the women may need assistance in navigating the health services and a case manager until they can self-manage.