• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Michael Levy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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Custodial medicine is the clinical sub-discipline catering to a population group of extreme disadvantage, in a potentially hostile professional environment. The course will introduce students to principles of clinical practice to a poly-morbid population group with heavy burdens of addictions, substance misuse and mental illness. The course will also focus on clinical practice defined by external forces - social disadvantage, social constructs of criminality, ethical research with subjects in unequal relationships, human rights law and international treaty obligations.


Students will be given the opportunity to observe clinical practice in this environment. If there are any criminal associates, they need to be disclosed to the convener as they may affect participation in the course. Any restrictions on clinical practice need to be disclosed. Visitors to the correctional centres enter at the discretion and direction of the centre management. A sensible dress code is enforced as is a requirement to always display university identification.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the health characteristics of an Australian prisoner population

2. Appreciate the challenges of clinical practice in a custodial environment

3. Propose appropriate assessment tools and interventions to re-dress health disadvantage, in this population group

4. Refer to relevant international instruments that relate to the healthcare of prisoners

5. Identify sources of health information appropriate to this population group

6. Identify gaps in knowledge, related to the health needs of this population, and propose ethical research to re-dress these gaps.

7. Communicate the health needs of this population to professional and lay colleagues

Other Information

The course will introduce students to principles of clinical practice to a poly-morbid population group with heavy burdens of addictions, substance misuse and mental illness.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be made through a series of written assignments and group presentations (30%), and a research proposal or a draft article ready for peer-review (70%).

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Course includes field visits to observe custodial settings and custodial medical practice. This will take place in accordance with the ANU Medical School requirements for clinical teaching.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU Medical School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3894
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $5190
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8138 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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