Reducing systemic inequity in health services in prisons for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Dr Jocelyn Jones
Professor Tony Butler
This research aims to assess the feasibility of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) accessing selected Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items to provide a sustainable funding model for holistic and culturally appropriate health care delivery in Australian prisons.
Funded by the Ian Potter Foundation, the project’s research objectives are:
- Understand the extent ACCHO delivered MBS services are acceptable to Indigenous prisoners and staff.
- Determine how much demand is likely to exist for selected MBS services.
- Determine the extent MBS services are delivered in a practical and cost-effective manner.
- Describe the perceived level of fit and integration of selected MBS services with ACCHOs and prison systems.
- Understand what modifications may be required so this MBS services delivery model can be adapted to different prisons or patient populations.
- Identify opportunities and challenges to upscaling this MBS services delivery model.