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What medical services are available?

On entry to prison, prison staff conduct a physical and mental health assessment to make sure that staff are aware of the prisoner's health and medication needs. A prisoner’s physical and mental wellbeing is reviewed by health staff each time they move between prisons.

There are qualified doctors, nurses and mental health nurses who provide health care at every prison.

Services provided

The kinds of services available include:

  • general practitioner (GP) services
  • general nursing
  • mental health nursing
  • pharmacy
  • pathology
  • radiology
  • dentistry and oral health care
  • audiology
  • optometry
  • podiatry
  • physiotherapy.

Prisoners with disabilities have full access to the range of health services provided to non-disabled prisoners. In addition, a range of specialised services are available, covering cognitive impairment, sensory and physical disability and psychiatric disability.

Access to private treatment

A prisoner has the right to access private medical, dental health including a physiotherapist and chiropractor, however the prisoner will have to pay for these services.

See s. 47(1)(f)—Corrections Act 1986 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

More information


Corrections Act 1986 (Vic)

  • s. 20(2)—an officer in charge of prisoners must take all reasonable steps for the safe custody and welfare of the prisoners
  • s. 47—prisoner's rights
    • s. 47(1)(f)—prisoner's right to have access to reasonable medical care and treatment necessary for the preservation of health including (with approval from the principal medical officer) a private registered medical practitioner, dentist, physiotherapist or chiropractor chosen by the prisoner
    • s. 47(1)(h)—right to have access to reasonable dental treatment necessary for the preservation of dental health
    • s. 47(1)(j)—right to make complaints about prison management to the Health Complaints Commissioner

See Corrections Act 1986 (Vic)(opens in a new window).


Corrections, Prisons & Parole

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Health care(opens in a new window).