Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Michael Levy


The aim of this unit is to present and discuss the current issues arising from the provision of a medical service in a custodial setting. The topics covered provide insights into the health impacts of penal institutions and the powers and responsibilities of custodians; ethical issues; fitness for interview; fitness for detention; deaths in custody; interpersonal violence and the assessment and management of some frequently presenting medical problems (specifically mental illness and addiction).


On completion of this unit the student is expected to:

  1. understand the responsibilities and powers of custodians;
  2. display a knowledge of custodial and penal institutions;
  3. show familiarity with the procedures for investigating complaints by prisoners and the issues surrounding deaths in custody;
  4. comprehend the ethical issues of the doctor/patient relationship in a custodial setting;
  5. conduct an assessment of an individual's fitness to be interviewed or detained in custody;
  6. recognise and manage a range of medical problems presenting in the custodial setting.


Assignments / Essays (30%)
Case Studies (40%)
Presentations (10%)
Casebook Workbook (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Michael Levy

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop