The Challenges of Aboriginal Prisoner Care in South Australia

While only 2.3% of South Australia’s population is Indigenous, almost a quarter (22%) of people in the State’s prison system are Aboriginal. The prison population is also rife with blood-borne viruses, including hepatitis B and C—viruses which also disproportionately affect Indigenous people in the general population.

Untreated chronic health conditions (as well as hepatitis these commonly include mental illness, diabetes, heart and respiratory diseases, cancer and drug use), compounded by a prisoner’s isolation from their family and community, and a fracturing in their cultural identity and spiritual wellbeing, can be catastrophic for an Aboriginal person in the prison system.

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Stigma, Treatment, Policy – Pick your topic at Hep SA’s library

In this information age it is ironic that credible, reliable information can sometimes be hard to find in the tsunami of results from online searches.

Separating the reliable, evidence-based information from the “alternative” facts can be challenging.

The good news is, if you’re looking for hepatitis-related information in Australia, there’s just one place online you need to visit.

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