Mr Chris Puplick AM, Chair of the Board, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (NSW) will be speaking at the Correctional Services Healthcare Conference.
In the lead up to the 7th Annual Correctional Services Healthcare Conference, at Informa Insights, we had a chance to speak to Chris about his most recent work with Justice Health and the Forensic Mental Health Network (NSW).
In the JH&FMHN we have had to cope with exponentially increasing numbers in our prisoner/patient population and this has required us to rethink many of our strategies and approaches. The introduction of smoke-free prisons throughout the State and the success of our Aboriginal Court Diversion and Connections programmes both keeping people out of custody and managing their reintegration into the community have achieved outstanding results.
This requires responses across a variety of fronts – from the problems of managing elderly patients in Nineteenth Century facilities; retraining our workforce to understand the problems of geriatric and dementia care; securing the personal safety of these patients and dealing with issues of family relationships as everyone ages.
The fundamental question is whether or not people with dementia should be kept in custodial facilities at all. With longer sentences and people coming into custody at an older age how well equipped are we to manage a population, an increasing number of whom will die while in our care?
It’s such a challenging programme that I think I’ll be learning from all of them.