Left Prisons Minister John Hazistergos and Right Doctor ? Ron Woodham.
Prisoner: Ron Woodham my hand is broken! Woodham: No treatment required. Splints are banned at HARM-U [HRMU Goulburn] for the good order and security of the prison. Sorry! Next.
NSW Ombudsman Letter dated 8 January 2004
"Corrections Health staff provide medical care. However, its staff's authority is essentially limited to making recommendations to corrective services on treatment. Corrective services staff can then decide what treatment can be given." [?]
Vince Blatch Investigative Officer For the Ombudsman
All we need now is Ron Woodham's Medical Practicing Certificate and medical qualifications?
Self-harm at the High Risk Management Unit at Goulburn is caused to prisoners held there because of cruel and unusual punishment, which includes the conditions they are being kept. Goulburn NSW is in an area whereby extreme conditions prevail. Extremely hot in summer and extremely cold in winter.
The history behind this complaint is due to the conditions. A prisoner slammed his hand in a steel door (self-harm) because he could not breathe and was suffering claustrophobia and dizzy spells. Initially the prisoner started banging his head on the wall through frustration at not being able to have medical practitioners intervene in the draconian and sub standard conditions the prisoner was kept in with little time out of the cell to recover. This prisoner has been held in solitary confinement for years but not as severe as the HRMU.
When he slammed his hand in the door both the nurse and the prisoner were stood over for security reasons by an officer of the Department of Corrective Services so that a splint would not be applied to his broken fingers. It is my understanding that all the fingers on one hand were broken and the nurse was attempting to place a splint on his hand and wrist. The outcome was a deformed hand.
Corrections Health Service Letter dated 20 April 2004
I refer to your facsimile marked urgent for the attention of Dr Richard Matthews dated 8th April 2004 and addressed to the Minister for NSW Health.
I have identified the issues you remonstrate in your letter to the Minister for NSW Health as follows.
Complaint by inmate from the High Risk Management Unit (HRMU) Goulburn Correctional Centre.
Outcome sought by inmate from HRMU Goulburn not to his satisfaction
The process by which CHS, the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) and the NSW Ombudsman have investigated this inmateÕs complaint.
The outcome resulting from the HCCC and NSW Ombudsman's investigation into the complaint.
According to your letter the complainant claims that his hand is now deformed as a direct result of treatment having been prevented by an officer of the Department of Corrective Services. The complainant claims that the officer disallowed the application of a splint to extend the length of the injured hand.
In response to this inmate was provided by CHS in October 2003 after the complaint was referred to CHS by the HCCC under s26 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993.
A second letter about the same was provided to the inmate in February 2004.
The outcome the inmate is seeking in terms of treatment has been provided. The inmate in question was referred to a surgeon in 1999 for treatment, which he declined. He is currently on the waiting list for surgical consultation about this problem.
CHS can only comment on matters pertaining to health services and not security.
CHS cannot make comment on the organisational process by which the HCCC and the NSW Ombudsman assesses complaints. It is our duty however to provide them with the information and advice they are seeking and to follow instructions these organisations metre out.
CHS has no direct involvement with the assessment and investigation process of the HCCC and the NSW Ombudsman other than to provide advice and information.
In our letters of October 2003 and February 2004 to the complainant, CHS explains that the reason the inmate's hand remains flexed is due to the chronic condition of Dupuytrens Contracture.
The state of the fingers being flexed is due to an abnormality of the soft tissue in the palm, which causes the digits to flex inward. Had the inmate been issued with an extended splint the fingers would not have had free range of movement. Similarly had a plaster of Paris been applied this would mean that the hand would become rigid and thereby increasing the chance of a deformity. In this case, neither of the two above practices was applied, as the inmate's fingers remained free to rotate and were not constricted.
Your facsimile includes the Statutory Declaration made on 16th February 2004 for the HCCC regarding your representations of inmates from the HRMU concerning the matter of fresh air, natural light and solitary confinement. A response to the issue pertaining to CHS's role in the matter was mailed t you on 15th April 2004 after the HCCC requested CHS to respond to you directly. CHS has responded several times to the inmate and to other external advocacy groups.
Julie Babineau A/Chief Executive Officer Corrections Health Service VIA FACSIMILE: 9311-3005
Dear Ms. Babineau,
RE: Your letter dated 20th April 2004.
Thank you for your letter. Several issues are raised by your response to our complaint to the Minister for Health:
1) The authority of CHS staff in providing health care to HRMU prisoners. 2) A specific complaint from one HRMU prisoner. 3) The process of complaints investigation. 4) The issue of fresh air and sunlight.
1) The authority of CHS staff in providing health care to HRMU prisoners.
Your letter of 20 April makes very different allegations to your letter of 9 March. In that letter, you say,
"The Commissioner has ultimate responsibility for inmate welfare and for security. The Commissioner has the right to decide that security overrides all other issues but in doing so takes the responsibility for any adverse clinical outcomes where CHS advice has been overridden." Whereas in your letter of 20 April you imply that there was no interference with medical treatment by Corrective Services staff and that the prisoner was given appropriate medical treatment under the full authority of Corrections Health staff.
Let me be clear: the issue we wished to raise with you was the issue of authority to prescribe medical treatment and how that is negotiated with Corrective Services. Despite your statement above, it is unclear to what extent this responsibility can be enforced when disputes occur between CHS and DCS staff. If, as you say, the Commissioner takes responsibility for adverse clinical outcomes, how is this oversighted to ensure that the Commissioner justifies his decisions? What is the result if the Commissioner does not take responsibility for adverse outcomes?
2) A specific complaint from one HRMU prisoner. The medical condition of one specific HRMU prisoner is a separate issue. In your letter of 20 April you state, "The outcome the inmate is seeking in terms of treatment has been provided. The inmate in question was referred to a surgeon in 1999 for treatment, which he declined. He is currently on the waiting list for surgical consultation about this problem."
First, how has the outcome been provided? Second, in a letter from this prisoner dated 5 March 2004 he states,
"It seems the Commissioner has turned my complaint about the HRMU management practice into a complaint I have about the medical treatment I receive from the CHS nurse staff here at HRMU. The assist-CEO of CHS said my deformed hand is a result of a medical condition I have developed called 'DUPUYTRENS CONTRACTURE' and said as I refused to allow surgery to correct it this is the result. Further the CEO (assistant) said a report will be sent to Commissioner Woodham detailing CHS reply.
It is correct I have that Dupuytrens Contracture (its common to operators of machinery) but it always was basically unnoticeable. I became aware of some bumps-lumps on both hands in 1999. A medical check revealed the condition, the doctor said no concern as its normal and won't cause any problems to well into the unforeseeable future, he said then, he can remove growth if I wanted it but it wasn't really necessary (after listening to the procedure I declined, mainly the time laid up concerned me)
Up till the 15 April 2003 I had normal hands, no problems at all, full use of them."
This information should be readily verifiable by consulting the prisoner's medical records. This account also would explain why, if he refused surgery in 1999, he would want it now.
3) The process of complaints investigation. This issue was raised because of the quite astounding situation in which a complaint about CHS to the HCCC was referred back to CHS for investigation. You say that you cannot comment on this, but that it is your duty only to provide advice for the HCCC and Ombudsman's complaints assessment. I agree entirely. You were listed as a CC on the complaint to the Health Minister because we wished the Minister to assist us in finding the appropriate body to investigate our complaint. I find it shocking that anyone would think it appropriate for a government department to investigate itself.
4) The issue of fresh air and sunlight. In your letter of 15 April 2004 you state, "The Environmental Health Officer (EHO) reports that air-conditioning and ventilation in the HRMU was installed to specification and that installation of tinted screens on the windows at the front of the unit was performed in March 2004 to reduce the temperature in the roof space. As all the correctional centre facilities are the property of DCS in which CHS is tenant, I recommend that you write to the DCS Facility Management Branch for further information."
Note that our complaint was about the lack of prisoners' access to fresh air and sunlight, which are provided for under UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. Whose specifications were used in the installation of air-conditioning and ventilation? Regarding your referral of the matter back to DCS, I remind you that the reason these issues were raised is because we are receiving regular complaints from HRMU prisoners and their families which state that these prisoners are becoming severely mentally ill under the current conditions.
This issue relates back to the other issues:
1) The authority of CHS staff in providing health care to HRMU prisoners. Who takes responsibility for the mental health of HRMU prisoners? CHS or DCS?
2) A specific complaint from one HRMU prisoner. The act of slamming his own hand in his cell door, and also the act of slamming his head against his cell walls is, as we understand it, a result of mental harm done by the conditions in the HRMU. We assume that self harm, and therefore the need for medical treatment will continue in the case of this prisoner and others, until the cause of the mental illness is addressed.
Please provide us with your answers to these questions as soon as possible.
Sincerely, Justice Action Co-ordinator April 28, 2004 CC: HCCC The Hon. Morris Iemma, Minister for Health
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Inspector General Ignored On Womens Prison Four months after a report from the Inspector General on Mulawa Correctional Centre, key recommendations involving safety and welfare of prisoners and staff have been ignored. Kathryn Armstrong (former chair of Inmate Development Committee) and Annabel Walsh, released from Mulawa Womens Prison in February, have produced an independent report confirming the findings of the Inspector General.
Distribution of: 'How to Votes in prisons'? Justice Action have received information from Andrew Burke of the NSW Greens that they have enquired with the Department of Corrective Services as to the procedure for distributing their How To Votes in prisons in the period before the election.
Getting Justice Wrong DPP make full admissions Back in May 2001 Nicholas Cowdery QC made an error at law by giving a speech called Getting Justice Wrong at the University of New England, Armidale Thursday, 31 May 2001. Sir Frank Kitto, Lecture now published at the DPP website. At page six, paragraph 3 under the heading:
NSW ELECTION 2003: VOTE 1 GREENS Inspector-General: The Greens believe that the role of the Inspector-General is crucial to the proper functioning of the prison system. It has never been more important to have a powerful watchdog role than today. Section 3.11 of our Criminal Justice Policy commits the Greens to "strengthening the role of the Inspector-General of Prisons."
Doing time even harder: 146 prisoners far from home The United States, however, has detained without trial about 650 men from 43 countries. They include Australians David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, who are held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base as part of the sweep against global terrorism [scapegoats for the Coalition of the Killing's, pre-emptive strikes, occupation and genocide for resources in the Middle East.]
Human Rights 'Framed' Here is a quick report on our Human Rights Commission approach on Framed (the quarterly magazine of Justice Action) being banned from all NSW prisons. After 42 issues went in.
Prison Privatisation: Death camps looming in NSW I asked for the identification of the person I was speaking to and was told that I was not entitled to that information. I needed to verify the call and asked for a name or number to register my call because I was asked to get those details by my coordinator.The person refused to identify themselves either by name or number. I asked to be transferred to a senior person and was refused. The person I spoke to then hung up the phone.
Corrections Victoria and criminal acts: SCS-4\320 UPDATE You have stated "Section 30 of the Corrections Act 1986 and the Information Privacy Act 2000, restricts the release of confidential information regarding prisoners, I therefore am unable to provide any information regarding this matter."
Death camps looming in Victoria A letter was received on 15 January 03 from SCS-4\320 a remand prisoner in Victoria's Barwon Prison I later found out that the prisoner was in the Acacia High Security Unit.
Take crime talk beyond the bars:'lobby group' A coalition of academics, crime experts, welfare and church groups is preparing to launch an intensive pre-election campaign aimed at refocusing the attention of NSW politicians from harsh sentencing reforms to crime prevention strategies.
APPOINTMENT OF KLOK IS: 'DECLARATION OF WAR' The decision of the Carr government to appoint John Jacob Klok as the new Assistant Commissioner for Corrective Services in charge of security represents a statement of contempt to all those concerned about law and justice in NSW.
Prisoners Representatives Excommunicated Ron Woodham, Commissioner Corrective Services stated "[this Department] does not recognise Justice Action as an advocate on correctional centre issues." He has ordered a ban on all Justice Action material inside the NSW prison system. This resulted from a request for the approval of the latest edition of Framed (the Magazine of Justice Action) to be distributed throughout NSW prisons as has occurred for the past ten years.
Dept of Corrective Services: Rotten Ron Woodham on the ropes This is The Freeedom Of Speech and The Press in a goldfish-bowl! Herr Goebells has spoken. Zieg Heil! (Which means, actually: "aim-for health!" incidentally)Apologies for not making meetings ... my first experiences with Woodham (then a -screw-gestapo-minor-with-a-friendly-dog - AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN EVEN HIS DOG DOESN`T LIKE HIM?)
At the Minister's Pleasure The case of Michael Kelly Michael is caught up in a particularly cruel version of the game of Cat and Mouse. Because he is classified as a forensic patient under the Mental Heath Act of NSW, the Minister for Health is his master, not the Minister for Corrective Services. And the Minister for health will not let him go.
EX-PRISONER UNEMPLOYMENT: SENTENCED FOR LIFE Name removed by request served time in prison decades ago. Shes still being punished today. According to commonwealth and state legislation, ex-prisoners applying for jobs must declare any conviction that fits into the following categories: less than 10 years old, more than 10 years old but served more than 30 months in prison.
ARE YOU INNOCENT? The Australian Law Reform Commission had recommended that the Innocence Panel be independent and have the power to investigate alleged miscarriages of justice.
RESTORING TRUE JUSTICE: Australian prisons are fast becoming the new asylums of the third millennium. The prison industry is booming, while Australia spends far less on mental health services than similar countries.
Medical records Alex Mitchell's lost world Perhaps we can get your medical report and spew it around publicly so you can see how it feels. But surely we do not have to go that far. And of course we are law-abiding citizens and I should think it would be enough to remind you of your ethics to report at all.
NSW Department of Corrective Services attack right to privacy Corrective Services Minister Richard Amery has a problem attacking prisoners right to privacy.It seems to us that a civil society is best served when social justice laws are applied to all people regardless of their circumstances. Once government starts making exceptions which disadvantage certain groups and individuals, such laws are meaningless.
Litigants are drowning: in the High Court There were so many self represented litigants appearing in the High Court that more than half of its registry staff's time was taken up in dealing with them. The "go it alone" litigants have to take on tasks well above their qualified league causing them stress. This growing problem cannot be left unchecked.
Everyone wants to get out of 'jail' but 'Framed' wants life: Rotten Ron on the ropes On 2 May 2002, Justice Action received a faxed letter from Manager of DCS Operations Support Branch saying that, in his view, articles in Framed edition #42 'lack balance and integrity' and he is therefore 'not prepared to recommend this issue of Framed for placement in to correctional centre libraries.' Prisoners and those concerned about prisoner issues have very few sources of information.
Prisoners can prove innocence for $20? Les Kennedy Daily Telegraph reported today that" Prisoners who believe that DNA will prove they were wrongly convicted will have the chance to prove their innocence for a mere $20 administration fee. The move comes 20 months after NSW inmates were asked to provide DNA for comparison with a databank of DNA from unsolved crime scenes for possible convictions.
NSW opposition pledges review of detention laws A spokesperson for Justice Action Ms Anal Advice said " NSW Prisons are a sex offence if you have been raped, bashed and squatted down to be strip searched. People should be diverted from going there at all material times".
The punishment: Is the 'crime' The punishment is the crime according to retired chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia Justice Alistair Nicholson. "Smacking a child ought to be seen as assault".
NSW prisons - primary industry bailed up! In many quiet regional centres around NSW there is a new primary industry shaping up. It has something to do with Bail but not with bales. The minister for Agriculture Richard Amery who also has the prisons portfolio is now committed to farming prisoners.
Black Nexus The Separation of Powers Doctrine is nowcontaminated witharangeofcolours, now leaving us with a black shirt on a once blue bridge that crossed that thin blue line. The 'Amery and Woodham show'.
Prison Mind Games-Do they exist? Directives are given inside the prison system that are not consistent with the law in NSW. And not in the good interests of the health and well being of the prisoners.
Chronology - A History of Australian Prisons [Allegedly:] The events that have shaped NSW prisons - from convict days through royal commissions, to the Supermax of today. [I say allegedly because no one should trust Four Corners [Walls], why? Because they spill out the propaganda of the day for the Government, whether it be wrong or right. A government that lies and has no remorse about it.]
Justice Action Justice Action is a community based organisation of criminal justice activists. We are prisoners, academics, victims of crime, ex-prisoners, lawyers and general community members. We believe that meaningful change depends upon free exchange of information and community responsibility.
Beyond Bars Alliance colleagues I imagine all of you received Justice Action's email yesterday regarding the position of Inspector General of Corrective Services.
Community Restorative Centre NSW spends more than half a billion tax dollars a year on prisons. It costs $60,000 to keep someone in maximum security for a year: more than double the minimum wage. CRC looks for and implements better solutions to the high social and economic costs of crime.
Sisters Inside Inc Sisters Inside Inc. is an independent community organisation, which exists to advocate for the human rights of women in the criminal justice system, and to address gaps in the services available to them. We work alongside women in prison in determining the best way to fulfil these roles.
Smart Justice Smart Justice does not support any party but calls for investment in prevention, alternatives to custody and initiatives that tackle the causes of crime. It is important to dispel the myths about 'law and order' and promote real solutions to crime and violence.
Shine For Kids What happens for a young person who has a parent in prison?There are a lot of consequences for children or young people who have a parent in prison. During Groupwork the kids themselves have identified as being:
Children of Prisoners' Support Group Children of Prisoner's welcomes Ann Symonds as our first Patron at this years AGM and screening of "The Space in Between" video , and will have a visual display to demonstrate the invisible population of children effected by parental incarceration.
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