Reducing systemic inequity in health services in prisons for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

June 2023

Dr Jocelyn Jones

Other investigators: 

Professor Tony Butler

Project description: 

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.