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Mental health care

General practitioners and qualified mental health nurses provide mental health care at all prisons, with specialist support from visiting psychiatrists at most locations.

At Melbourne Assessment Prison, psychiatrists and qualified mental health nurses provide specialist mental health care to male prisoners. The Acute Assessment Unit at the Melbourne Assessment Prison is a special mental health unit that provides assessment and treatment for male prisoners with serious psychiatric conditions.

At the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, psychiatrists and qualified mental health nurses provide mental health care to female prisoners. The Marrmak Unit at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre provides assessment and treatment for female prisoners with serious psychiatric conditions.

Prisoners who require involuntary mental health care are transferred to Thomas Embling Hospital under the Mental Health Act 1986. Involuntary treatment is not provided in Victoria’s prisons.

The Koori Prisoner Mental Health and Cognitive Function Study delivers on a commitment of Phase Two of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement to create an evidence base to guide the development and enhancement of culturally appropriate mental health services for Aboriginal prisoners.