Aboriginal mothers are incarcerated at alarming rates – and their mental and physical health suffers

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Aboriginal women are the fastest growing prison population in Australia.

They comprise around one-third of female prisoners in New South Wales, despite making up just 3% of the population.

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The majority of Aboriginal women in prison (more than 80%) are mothers.

Our research team interviewed 43 Aboriginal mothers in six prisons across NSW about their physical and mental health and well-being.

We found they were overwhelmingly unable to access culturally appropriate treatments for their mental health, well-being and…

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