Nurses play a crucial role in ensuring that, while in the criminal justice system, people receive health care that is equivalent to what they would receive in the community. Attend this new conference to learn about key issues most relevant to nurses working in correctional, justice, and forensic settings. Topics include:
Nurses who work in prisons require highly specialised skills to meet the vast array of professional challenges that exist. This session sets the scene by looking at some of the key professional issues most pertinent to nurses working or considering working in prisons. It includes:
Due to the nature of prisons, it is easy for infectious diseases to spread from one prisoner to another, and, in some cases, to cause an outbreak. This session will discuss infection control in corrections generally and look at a recent report on prisoner health that found that 1 in 5 prisoners treated in NSW and Victoria have hepatitis C. Discuss:
The potential for people with no pre-existing mental health issues to then experience a change in their mental health may occur upon arrival at a correctional facility. Why is this the case and how can nurses effectively respond to this challenge and improve the mental health outcomes for this vulnerable group of people? This session looks at:
Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed in Australia, including in prison populations. Alarmingly, they are also the most common drugs associated with multi-drug overdose deaths. Meaning that, while they do not often cause deaths, they commonly contribute. This session includes:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are disproportionately represented in Victorian prison populations. These numbers have gotten higher in recent years, showing that there is a need to change the narrative. The Change the Record campaign aims to close the gap in imprisonment rates by 2040. This session will discuss:
Prisons are thought of as places where violence is the answer, but there are programs that aim to make this belief a thing of the past. This session will discuss a course based on an approach developed in the US. It includes:
At any point, it is likely that a small proportion of women may be pregnant while in prison. As well, for some women, they may only learn that they are pregnant upon arrival at a correctional facility. Improving the prenatal care of these women and their babies may considerably improve outcomes during these high-risk pregnancies. As well, the postpartum and parenting support provided to these women is crucial. This unique session discusses the range of considerations from pregnancy to the postpartum and parenting stages. It includes:
Developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship with patients is an important component of healthcare practice and one that is regulated through professional codes of conduct, ethics and professional standards for practice. Any breach of these could lead to an investigation into the health practitioners’ practice. This session will explore the potential harm to patients where professional boundaries are not maintained by exploring:
Transgender persons often suffer from social stigmatisation and discrimination, but this may be amplified in a prison setting. This session will discuss a very specific inmate population. It includes:
All competent adults have a right to decide in advance what medical treatment they would refuse if they lost the capacity to make decisions in the future. This is also an important human right for those dying in prison. Members of the healthcare team have an important advocacy role in protecting, promoting and defending the social justice and welfare concerns of prisoners who are patients - particularly with end-of-life care. This session looks at issues associated with end-of-life decisions and palliative care options for incarcerated patients, including:
Confidentiality and privacy are fundamental rights of patients and employees in the healthcare system. Providing healthcare to patients in prisons can pose some challenges to this right due to the priority focus on the security of prisoners. Healthcare staff also have a right to privacy. Shared information between correctional staff and healthcare staff may be necessary - but what are the limits: This session will identify:
Prison systems used to be akin to revolving doors - released inmates commit crimes and are sent back into the prison system. Current prison systems are now realising the importance of rehabilitation in reducing recidivism rates. This session is about how one prison's youth unit relied on the belief that young offenders can be rehabilitated and will discuss:
Louis has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for some 56 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years and has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia including the Therapeutic Guidelines. He has been and is on the Editorial Board of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook and has contributed significantly to all three editions of Mosby’s Dictionary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge and with Jenny Gowan since 1995 writes articles on Disease State Management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. He still lectures to pharmacy undergraduates on a number of topics. He has particular interests in drug interactions and pharmacogenomics and William Shakespeare. He has served as a committee member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian Branch since 2008. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. His current activities (as well as the above) include singing in a choir, visiting schools re bullying (Courage to Care) giving talks to U3A groups and similar groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics.
Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.
Lucinda Young has worked in the community and caring sector since graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1996. Her work has focused on advocating for social and environmental justice working with Community Development principles creating small scale solutions that connect people at the local level. Studying Nonviolent Communication for over 5 years she has become a passionate advocate for this work in all areas of her life. She is passionate about creating a world where everyone's needs matter and aberrant behaviour is viewed with compassion and understanding for the personal and systemic conditions that contributed. Her work in prisons is motivated by the saying of aboriginal activist, artist and academic, Lila Watson who famously said: "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come here because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."
Jacqui Richmond has worked in the viral hepatitis sector for the 20 years in nursing, education, social and health services research, and policy development. Jacqui is a registered nurse who completed a PhD in 2006. She currently works at the Burnet Institute as the national workforce development and health service delivery coordinator for the Eliminate Hepatitis C Project. The broad focus of Jacqui’s work is building the capacity of the health workforce to test, treat and manage the healthcare needs of people living with viral hepatitis.
Sonia Stocco has been an NVC (Nonviolent Communication) practitioner since 2014. Coming to this work through a desire to deal with conflict, she has continued on a journey of deep personal transformation. Her passion for resolving conflict with compassion led her to share this work in prisons. She is motivated by a deep desire to empower people to understand their own humanity and establish a culture of radical empathy and choice, through the teaching of Nonviolent Communication. She has worked as a healthcare practitioner, using her skills as a Craniosacral Therapist and Remedial Massage Therapist for over 25 years. Her deep knowledge of the somatic experience and dedication to many years of meditation practice bring presence and calm to her workshops.
Nurses have a professional duty to ensure the healthcare provided to people in correctional, justice, and forensic settings is equivalent to what they would receive in the community. The opportunity for nurses to improve health outcomes through proactive prevention strategies, assessment, management and education all rely on a sound knowledge of the latest evidence for a range of chronic illnesses. Education that is specifically tailored to nurses who work in this specialised area is crucial if the physical and financial burdens of chronic disease and mental health conditions are to be reduced.
The purpose of this conference is to improve the health outcomes of patients in correctional, justice, and forensic settings by enhancing nurses’ knowledge about the latest evidence-based strategies to prevent, assess and manage chronic illnesses.
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