Office for Prisoner Health and Wellbeing

The Office for Prisoner Health and Wellbeing (OPHW) was established in response to the Offender Health Services Review. It provides statewide leadership and is a coordination point for Queensland Health-provided primary healthcare services for people in Queensland Corrective Services custody.

Objective

To enable Queensland Health staff to provide the best possible health care for people in prison. In doing so it seeks to assist people in prison to experience the best health possible, improve their wellbeing and future life prospects. By improving the health of people whilst in prison it will contribute to improving the health of the wider community upon release.

OPHW facilitates the development and coordination of statewide policies, plans, funding proposals, and information management systems, and participates in quality, research and service re-design activities.

It also:

  • provides an escalation point for unresolved issues at the local level
  • resolves system-wide challenges
  • builds consistency across the health service system for people in prison
  • leads the implementation of recommendations from the Offender Health Services Review.

Resources

Fact sheets

Time to Work Employment Service (TWES)

Contact us

Email: offenderhealth@health.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 3 June 2019