Prison conditions in Iran for Australian academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert have been eased but fears for her health remain

Iranian authorities have lessened the harsh prison conditions placed on Australian academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert but there are still grave concerns for her health.

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been given access to books inside Iran’s notorious Evin prison, sources have confirmed.

The University of Melbourne Islamic Studies expert remains in the prison’s solitary confinement unit 2a, where she marked her 33rd birthday this week.

She has been kept under difficult conditions and endured months where she was not able to speak with her family, which led her to go on at least five hunger strikes.

The University of Cambridge graduate was also denied access to lawyers, according to letters she wrote from inside the prison that were leaked to News Corp Australia in January.

The Islamic Republic’s High Council for Human Rights said this week that Dr Moore-Gilbert was now receiving “access to medical and other services like other prisoners.”

“She has books to read, and whenever requested, her needed books will be procured and delivered to her,” the council said.

News Corp Australia has independently verified the claims from a source inside Iran.

Dr Moore-Gilbert’s family released a rare statement this month, where they said they loved her and missed her.

Read the article by Stephen Drill in the Herald Sun.