Western Australian indigenous prisoners need better care

Last Updated on 11/08/2022 by National Justice Project

Advocates says Indigenous prisoners in WA need healthcare given by Aboriginal medical services. -AAP Image

Indigenous prisoners need culturally-appropriate healthcare given by Aboriginal medical services to prevent more needless deaths in custody, advocates warn.

The advice comes after Western Australian coroner┬áRosalinda Fogliani recently found that Aboriginal man Mr Yeeda‘s death at the West Kimberley Regional Prison in 2018 was preventable.

The 19-year-old Miriuwung and Gajerrong man died from rheumatic heart disease complications after the prison’s medical officer’s referral for him to see a cardiologist was not progressed.

National Justice Project Director George Newhouse discusses the case in the Shepparton News. Read the full story here.