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Type: Journal article
Title: Planning primary health-care services for South Australian young offenders: A preliminary study
Author: Wilson, A.
Citation: International Journal of Nursing Practice, 2007; 13(1):296-303
Publisher: Blackwell Science Asia Pty Ltd
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1322-7114
Abstract: Although many young offenders receive health care during periods of detention, addressing their health needs after release from secure care is a key strategy for successful rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. The purpose of this preliminary study was to examine current discharge planning practices for young offenders in Youth Training Centres in South Australia with a view to improving offenders' connection with primary health-care services on discharge. To determine the strengths and weaknesses of current discharge planning practices, this exploratory study involved in-depth review of literature and a semistructured focus group of stakeholders. Findings were discussed with an expert advisory group before final recommendations were made. This study identified a service model approach to discharge planning that recommended a nurse located within the Divisions of General Practice as the coordinator. The study found that trusted staff in detention centres, with an awareness of services available in the location of release, influence young offenders' decision-making in relation to health-care services. Awareness and recognition of young offenders' health beyond periods of juvenile detention and into their adult lives is valuable in that it has the potential to establish lifelong healthy behaviours. Bonding with young offenders and gaining their trust increases their likelihood of attending primary health-care services.
Keywords: Humans
Patient Discharge
Focus Groups
Attitude of Health Personnel
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Nurse's Role
Professional-Patient Relations
Decision Making
Nursing Methodology Research
Models, Organizational
Juvenile Delinquency
Needs Assessment
Adolescent Health Services
Health Planning
Nursing Assessment
Primary Health Care
South Australia
Psychology, Adolescent
Description: The definitive version of this article can be found at
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2007.00641.x
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