Half of Australia’s prison population have a disability. Correctional facilities have an opportunity to help people who require health care to recover, and by doing so, increase their likelihood of living independently and not re-offending. International examples show that the incorporation of health facilities into correctional facilities has been beneficial not only to prisoners themselves but to general public health practices as well.
This has been especially the case for First Nations peoples in incarceration in Canada and New Zealand. Existing research has proposed that the adoption of a similar approach in Australian would assist in lowering the rate of Indigenous peoples in incarceration.
There are, however, currently no correctional facilities in Australia that have incorporated health facilities.
The purpose of this multidisciplinary research is to explore emerging concepts around health based approaches to planning and designing corrections facilities.
This is an industry based project with specialist corrections architects. The objectives of this project are two fold:
- To develop and evaluate new prison typologies that will facilitate a care based model for corrections
- To understand barriers of existing system project delivery, based on security and surveillance, and determine opportunities for innovation embedding health research in project delivery.
Research activities include:
- Exemplar analysis of correctional facilities (provided by architectural practices and/or international exemplars)
- Literature review focusing on approaches to better integration of health and correctional facilities
- Participatory workshops preparation of material e.g. design of materials and flashcards, transcription and collation of workshops data.
- Correctional Facility Design
- Mental Health
- Correctional Facilities and Health
- Public Health
- Health Impacts Facility Design
- Corrections and Rehabilitation
- First Nations Peoples
- Youth and Justice
- Seniors and Justice
Contact supervisors: Veronica Garcia-Hansen or Marissa Lindquist for more information.