Safety in Care

 

(Articles on involuntary detention, from a series I wrote on a change in mental health policy that meant patients could be detained involuntarily for over a month. The government eventually stepped in to overturn the changes.) 

DENIAL OF RIGHTS IN PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT

Psychiatric patients who have been detained involuntarily are being held without independent review for more than a month, and some hospitals are refusing access to lawyers and providing inadequate information to patients and their families.

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TREATMENT FOR MENTALLY ILL ‘AT RISK’ UNDER NEW PLAN

Seriously ill psychiatric patients are having their treatment compromised and rights denied by changes which mean they wait up to four weeks for a review of their involuntary detention, a group of psychiatrists and lawyers says.

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CONTROVERSIAL CHANGES OVERTURNED

Controversial changes that allowed seriously ill psychiatric patients to be held without review for three weeks to a month will be overturned.

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(Suicide and deaths in care: My inquiries for the second story, on prone restraint, led to the government changing its policy on use of the dangerous restraint postion.)

PRESSURE TO LEAVE HOSPITAL EARLY BLAMED

Each week, two mentally ill patients take their lives while under the care of the public health system – and the situation is far worse than a decade ago.

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HOSPITALS TO AVOID DANGEROUS RESTRAINT

The ”prone restraint” position, where patients are held face-down on the ground, often with heavy pressure from body weight on top of them, has been linked to hundreds of deaths in Australia and overseas.

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