A Fate Worse than Death? Being Transgender in Long-term Care

Psychology Benefits Society blog ( American Psychological Association), Oct 26, 2017

“I would kill myself.” This is what a 70 year-old transgender woman told me recently when I asked what she would do if she needed long-term care. While this sounds dramatic, it is a common sentiment among older transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) adults (Witten, 2014).

Many TGNC older adults do not have family caregivers available to meet their needs for assistance in later life, having been rejected and ostracized by their families of origin according to a study by Grant and colleagues (2011), and long-term care services may be their only option.

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To tackle hepatitis C, we need to close the justice gap

Croakey, Dec 22, 2015

Health Minister Sussan Ley’s announcement of PBS listing for new treatments for hepatitis C has been welcomed by Hepatitis NSW as “brilliant news”. Given the high rates of hepatitis C among people in prisons, it is significant that the Government has agreed to fund these medicines for prisoners.

However, tackling hepatitis C will also require public health interventions such as the introduction of needle and syringe programs into correctional centres, and concerted efforts to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prisons, according to Heather McCormack from Hepatitis NSW.

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The health of Australia’s prisoners 2015

AIHW, released: 27 Nov 2015

The health of Australia’s prisoners 2015 is the fourth report produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on the health and wellbeing of prisoners. The report explores the conditions and diseases experienced by prisoners; compares, where possible, the health of prisoners to the general Australian community and provides valuable insight into the use of prison health services.

New to the 2015 report are data on the disabilities or long-term health conditions of prisoners entering the prison system (prison entrants), self-assessed mental and physical health status of prisoners and data on smoke-free prisons

Of special note:

Chapter 6 (Communicable diseases) includes:

  • Sexually transmissible infections
  • Bloodborne viruses
  • Surveillance
  • Medication for Hepatitis C

Chapter 12 (Illicit drug use and needle sharing) includes:

  • Drug use prior to prison
  • Drug use in prison
  • Needle sharing
  • Opioid substitution treatment (OST)
  • Tattooing and body piercing

Chapter 14 (Injuries, assaults and unprotected sex) includes:

  • Head injury
  • Accidents or injuries
  • Assault and sexual assault
  • Unprotected sex

See full table of contents & download report (PDF) or read summary here

Union resistance could stymie prison needle exchange program: researcher

Guardian, Monday 19 October 2015

A senior blood-borne diseases researcher, Associate Professor Mark Stoové, says Australia’s first prison needle and syringe program flagged for trial in an ACT jail is most likely doomed because of the influence of a union and its members.

Stoové criticised the Community and Public Sector Union’s resistance to a proposal by the ACT government to trial a needle and syringe program in the Alexander Maconochie Centre, a maximum security prison.

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The taboo of sex in care homes for older people

BBC News magazine, 27 June 2015

It’s often been said that there’s not enough discussion of the issues around older people and sex. And there’s confusion about how to deal with the romantic lives of people in nursing homes.

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Hepatitis responsible for 93% of prison disease (UK)

OnMedica, 15 June 2015

Hepatitis cases are responsible for 93% of prison disease reports, new figures show.

The data from Public Health England (PHE) reveal hepatitis B and C cases accounted for 1,174 of 1,268 infectious diseases reported in English prisons during 2014. The number of single reports of infectious diseases made to PHE has more than doubled since 2011 (549 reports).

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