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

Bisexual Adults Face Heightened Risk for Health Issues Including Cancer, STIs and Depression

Human Rights Campaign, September 17, 2015

HRC’s research brief published today underscores a dangerous but largely hidden crisis – the striking physical, mental and sexual health disparities bisexual people face.

The Health Disparities Among Bisexual People report, based on the most recent and reliable data available on bisexual health and released in partnership with the Bisexual Resource Center, BiNet USA, and the Bisexual Organizing Project, reveals a troubling chasm between the health outcomes of bisexual people and those of the rest of the population – including gay men and lesbians.

  • Read more here
  • Download Health Disparities Among Bisexual People report here

Young [Australian] men remain alarmingly homophobic, study finds

The Age, March 31, 2015

On the football ground, and much further afield, homophobia remains rife.

A new study from mental health charity beyondblue finds alarmingly high rates of homophobia among young men.

  • Read more here
  • Download beyondblue report (PDF) “The Equal Play Study” here

Toolkit helps nurses prevent suicide in gay and lesbian teens

A toolkit has been launched [in the UK] to help nurses prevent suicide among younger patients who are lesbian, gay and bisexual.

Bisexual women have worse mental health than lesbians

Eureka Alerts, 13-Jan-2015

Bisexual women are more likely to experience poor mental health and mental distress than lesbians, according to new research published in the Journal of Public Health.

Read more here

Proud Schools initiative: NSW high schools need help to meet needs of gay and lesbian students

SMH, January 9, 2015 – 12:15AM

High school teachers feel ill-equipped to meet the needs of gay and lesbian students and want more guidance on how to tackle homophobia, the review of a NSW pilot program found.

  • Read more here
  • Download report “Formative evaluation of the NSW Proud Schools Pilot” here