Q&A: What’s it like to be a GP working in the prison system?

'You are on a path with a steep drop on either side', says Dr Richard Matthews
Dr Richard Matthews
Dr Richard Matthews.

Former GP Dr Richard Matthews worked in the Australian prison health system for 20 years, eventually becoming chief executive of Justice Health in NSW. Here, he talks about the complex health problems experienced by inmates and the importance of doctors not becoming complicit in a regime focused on punishment rather than care.

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