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References for medical issues in prison

References for medical issues in prison.

Be free from Hep C

This peak body site has information for people with Hepatitis C and B. It has a brochure designed to inform prison guards about these diseases that has some detailed information about the risks of exposure in prison and how to protect yourself from infection.

See Be free from Hep C—Correctional Officers and Blood-Borne Viruses.

Commissioner's Requirements

The Commissioner's requirements set out the high level requirements for operational matters in prisons. The requirements are issued when there is a need to ensure consistency or continuity of correctional practice across the whole prison system. They apply to both public and private prisons.

The Healthcare services section has information about:

  • Medical emergency where a prisoner seeks not to be resuscitated
  • Prisoners with an end of life illness
  • Infectious diseases outbreak

See Part 5 Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Commissioner's Requirements.

Corrections Victoria

This business unit of Department of Justice is responsible for setting the direction, management and operation of Victoria's corrections system. Corrections Victoria's website, Corrections, prisons and parole has information about the governance of prisons in Victoria.

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole.

Correctional management standards for prisons and offenders

These national guidelines set out the broad principles, outcomes and goals to be achieved by correctional services in Australia. Each state and territory must look to these when developing their individual legislation, standards and policies.

These standards, developed by the Department of Justice, set different standards for men and women's prisons. These documents set out the minimum requirements for correctional services in all Victorian prisons.

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia.

Sentence Management Manual

This 4 part manual has been developed by Corrections Victoria to direct prison staff who are involved in the sentence management of prisoners to ensure that they perform their duties consistently and in line with legal and Corrections Victoria requirements.

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Sentence Management Manual.

Commissioner's requirements

These documents set out the high level requirements for prison operational matters. They are used to ensure consistency or continuity of correctional practice across the whole prison system, both in public and private prisons.

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Commissioner's Requirements.

The Law Handbook

Fitzroy Legal Service's handbook has a chapter to explain the laws that apply to prisoners in Victoria.

See Imprisonment, supervision and prisoner rights.

Supporting justice

This site, designed for lawyers, judicial officers and court professionals. It aims to help them learn how to recognise the signs of disability, gain an understanding of the criminal justice system experience of people with a disability, and have evidence-based knowledge and capability-building training to draw upon. For example, there is information about:

  • communicating effectively with people with disability
  • preparing a plea for a client with a disability
  • accessing specialist courts
  • accessing support services and NDIS.

See Supporting justice(opens in a new window).

Deputy Commissioner's Instructions

The following instructions from the Deputy Commissioner may be useful:

  • DCI 1.02 At risk procedures
  • DCI 4.13 Opioid substitution therapy program
  • DCI 3.10 Programs designed to reduce offending behaviour—Detection and testing – Drug and alcohol use
  • DCI 3.09 Programs designed to reduce offending behaviour—Substance deterrence and treatment

These and all other instructions are available from Deputy Commissioner's Instructions.