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Health in Prisons, Health Outta Prisons (HIP HOP) program

 

Overview

The Government of Western Australia Department of Corrective Services runs a number of education and health programs for offenders, including the Health in Prisons, Health Outta Prisons (HIP HOP) program, which looks at issues that increase the risk of contracting and spreading blood-borne viruses (BBVs), including unprotected sex, unclean tattooing and needle sharing.

The primary aim of the program is to reduce the incidence of BBVs, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and drug-related harm by providing a dedicated safe space for prisoners to receive accurate information about these topics, and to discuss their own experiences and concerns with health educators and peers. The program is aimed at:

The Department works to reduce the spread of blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis C by making condoms and dental dams available to prisoners. The condoms are provided via vending machines and not only help reduce the spread of infections and blood-borne viruses among prisoners, but also to reduce the spread of these diseases when offenders are released back into the community.

The educational component of the program is compulsory and available within all metropolitan prisons and youth detention centres, as well as the Bunbury, Karnet and Wooroloo Prisons. In other regional areas, the program is facilitated by the Department themselves, or contracted out to other local service providers. Exit kits which include public health information and condoms are also given to prisoners when they are released.

Abstract adapted from Government of Western Australia Department of Corrective Services

Contacts

Government of Western Australia Department of Corrective Services
Level 9, 141 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Locked Bag 22
Cloisters Square WA 6850
Freecall: 13 12 17

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Last updated: 3 April 2017
 
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