Hepatitis C Prevention, Treatment and Care: Guidelines for Australian Custodial Settings: Evidence base for the guidelines

The health and corrections sectors are committed to working jointly to strengthen the response to emerging public health issues in custodial settings.

Page last updated: July 2008

These explanatory notes supplement the document, Hepatitis C Prevention, Treatment and Care: Guidelines for Australian Custodial Settings and are intended to assist stakeholders in understanding the evidence basis for the Key Guidance Points included in those guidelines.

Note on terminology
For the purposes of this document juvenile justice facilities are included under the broad umbrella of custodial settings – prisons, gaols, lock-ups, remand centres, for example.

The term "inmates" has been used generally and applies to all people in custody, be they charged, on remand or convicted.

"Medical services" refers to those services accessed by inmates, independent of whether they are provided by private or public organisations and whether this provision is by a corrections or justice service or via another health instrumentality.

"Staff" is the general term used to include salaried and waged workers, volunteers, collaborators or official visitors and contract workers.