Correctional health nursing

With APNA membership, correctional health nurses thrive in their careers.

APNA is the peak body and professional membership association for all nurses working outside of a hospital setting in Australia—like the nurses who work in correctional health.

Correctional health is often described as an emergency department crossed with a general practice. Correctional health nurses provide healthcare to those incarcerated in the criminal justice system in a variety of settings such as jails, prisons, remand centres , and juvenile detention. The nursing team are often the first health professional prisoners will see in regards to health care. 

What’s it like being a primary health care nurse working in correctional health?


APNA membership for correctional health nurses

Correctional health nurses who are APNA members receive: up-to-date education and resources; the latest industry news and guidelines; communities, expert advice and support; and career tools and professional benefits. 

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Specific APNA member benefits for correctional health nurses

Online Education

Enrol in over 40 courses relevant for correctional health nurses, either FREE or discounted for members—including courses on Mental Health – identification, communication & managementSTI and Blood Borne VirusesFoundations of Wound ManagementMental Health – the team, the disorders and early intervention & much more. 

Community and Networking

Connect with other correctional health nurses at networking events or via the APNA Online Community. After all, no one understands correctional health nurses better than a correctional health nurse.

Expert Support and Advice

Receive one-on-one support from experienced nurses on APNA’s Nurse Support Line. If you’re having trouble with a clinical issue, have a question about medication, or want to understand the career pathways for a correctional health nurse—we’re only a phone call away.

Educational Events - Workshops, Webinars and Festival of Nursing

Learn, connect and re-energise alongside other correctional health nurses at the annual APNA Festival of Nursing, with a variety of education sessions for correctional health nurses. Don't want to wait? We run a number of educational workshops and webinars throughout the year perfect for correctional health nurses.

News and Resources

New developments in correctional health? You'll be the first to know with an email alert sent straight to your inbox. Or you can stay up-to-date with clinical developments via our Nurse Know-How video series or the APNA Knowledge Hub.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Protect your livelihood and career. APNA has negotiated cost-effective Professional Indemnity Insurance for its members which covers correctional health nurses for anything within their scope of practice. 


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