Year: 2001 Source: Australasian Psychiatry, v.9, no.1, (March 2001), p.47-50 SIEC No: 20020552

The use of prison safe cells in the practice of psychiatrists was surveyed. The experiences, views & working protocols of Australia & New Zealand forensic psychiatrists in relation to authorization of placement of prison inmates in safe cells were sought via a postal questionnaire. Despite a low response rate, most psychiatrists with clinical involvement in the area replied. There was a wide diversity of clinical practice, ethical standpoint, knowledge of & reference to practices in other parts of the world, & sense of priorities. There appears to be considerable ambivalence & some discomfort in the role that psychiatrists in Australia & New Zealand are asked to play in the placement of prisoners in safe cells. (5 refs)