Who we are
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (Justice Health NSW) is an essential part of the broader NSW public health system.
We provide health care to adults and young people involved in forensic mental health and criminal justice systems. We serve patients with complex health needs in community, inpatient, and custodial settings.
We have the opportunity to improve the lives of those who need it most and have limited contact with mainstream health services in the community.
As a Statutory Health Corporation established under the Health Service Act (NSW) 1997, we work closely with different organisations: NSW Health, Corrective Services NSW, Youth Justice NSW, Local Health Districts, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Organisation, NSW Police, Department of Attorney General and Justice, universities, community groups, and advocacy groups.
Our vision and CORE values
To transform lives by delivering healthier tomorrows through excellence in patient-centered care across community, inpatient, and custodial settings.
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Our strategy and publications
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We provide healthcare to over 30,000 patients each year in over 100 community, inpatient, and custodial settings throughout NSW, including urban, rural, and regional areas.
Acknowledgement of Country
Justice Health NSW acknowledges the people of the many traditional countries and language groups of New South Wales. We recognise the wisdom of Elders, both past and present, and pay respect to all Aboriginal communities of today.
We also acknowledge the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and extend our gratitude for their contributions to health and healing. We celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, particularly the strength, resilience, and courage that has occurred over time and now inspires current and future generations to create a healthier tomorrow.
Our Commitment to Aboriginal health
- We uphold the rights of people and ensure they receive equitable, person-centred and culturally respectful health care.
- We encourage better outcomes through support, continuity and coordination of care.
- We support healthy ageing ensuring people can live more years in full health and independently.
- We prioritise care and programs for Aboriginal adults and young people in touch with the criminal justice system.
Formal Apology to Stolen Generations
Today, on behalf of NSW Health, we say sorry to the survivors of the Stolen Generations. We extend this apology to the mothers, families and descendants of the Stolen Generations. We pay our respects to all Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the unrelenting resilience of Aboriginal peoples and their culture.
I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering caused by taking children from their families, from their communities, from their land, and denying them their language and their cultural birthrights. I am profoundly sorry that the institutions managed by NSW Health, and its predecessor agencies, played a role in the forced removal of Aboriginal children and babies.
NSW Health acknowledges that many Aboriginal children who were admitted to our hospitals did not return to their siblings, their families and their communities. I sincerely apologise for the impact of the role NSW Health had in the forced removal of Aboriginal children from our hospitals and institutions.
We are committed to working in genuine partnership with Aboriginal peoples, communities and survivors of the Stolen Generations. What occurred has a very real and lasting legacy today. The anguish and trauma caused by past NSW Health policies has been passed down through generations.
Nothing can give back what was taken away from these children or their families, but we can and will change the future. We are deeply sorry.
Secretary, NSW Health
26 May 2022