Opportunities for health promotion in the Queensland women's prison system

Young, Megan, Waters, Barbara, Falconer, Tony and O'Rourke, Peter (2005) Opportunities for health promotion in the Queensland women's prison system. Australian And New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29 4: 324-327. doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00201.x

Author Young, Megan
Waters, Barbara
Falconer, Tony
O'Rourke, Peter
Title Opportunities for health promotion in the Queensland women's prison system
Journal name Australian And New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
Publication date 2005-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00201.x
Volume 29
Issue 4
Start page 324
End page 327
Total pages 4
Editor Associate Professor Jeanne Daly
Professor Judith Lumley
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730218 Social structure and health
Formatted abstract
Objective: To compare the health of Queensland women prisoners with that of community women using the target areas of public health promotion identified by Health Determinants Queensland as a framework.

Data from the Queensland Women Prisoners' Health Survey was compared with published community data in each of the target areas.

Results: Queensland women prisoners had poorer nutrition, did less exercise, had higher rates of smoking and had a greater prevalence of asthma and diabetes than women in the community. They seemed to have a greater prevalence of mental health disorders.

Conclusions: Within the framework, women prisoners had significantly poorer measured outcomes than community women in all areas except cervical screening, breast cancer screening and overweight and obesity.

The Health Determinants Queensland target areas for Queensland women are of even greater priority in the subgroup of women prisoners. Benefits for the health of prisoners, and therefore the community, could be gained by expanding existing community health promotion activities to prisons through collaboration and partnerships.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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