Antecedents of chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal offenders in New South Wales prisons

Beverley F Spiers
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (10): 524-526.

In 2006, with outstanding cooperation from Department of Corrective Services staff at Cessnock Correctional Centre, two Justice Health staff made a huge step in walking together in the constant fight for Aboriginal health. In a mere six and a half hours, 88 Aboriginal offenders — 100% of the Aboriginal population in that centre — were screened for markers of kidney disease.

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  • Beverley F Spiers

  • Justice Health, Aboriginal Health Unit, Cessnock Correctional Centre, Cessnock, NSW.


I acknowledge the Aboriginal people of the Awabakal nation, the traditional owners of the land on which I work.

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