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Investigation into complaint by North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency about the care provided to Ms N by Department of Health and Community Services, the Public Guardian and Council. 27 June 2013

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Title

Investigation into complaint by North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency about the care provided to Ms N by Department of Health and Community Services, the Public Guardian and Council. 27 June 2013

Collection

Health and Community Services Complaints Commission annual report; Reports; PublicationNT

Date

2013-06

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Northern Territory. Health and Community Services Complaints Commission -- Periodicals; Health facilities -- Northern Territory -- Complaints against -- Periodicals; Patient advocacy -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Health and Community Services Complaints Commission

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/msword

Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/252343

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/545331

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/545333

Page content

15 A guardian is appointed to make daily living judgments for a person who is unable to make such decisions due to an intellectual disability. The focus of the guardians duty is therefore on decision making. In determining the scope of the guardians powers under the legislation the guardian has to assess the mental capacity of the person..In this case, (Ms N) apparently has the mental capacity of a 12-13 year old. It is therefore not appropriate to treat her as if she were a 4 or 5 year old. 34. The opinion highlighted the complexity of decision making for Ms N. It noted there were serious competing considerations and pros and cons in every way you may proceed. At the end of the day you (the Public Guardian) need to adequately weigh all those risks and benefits to make a decision. 35. The opinion noted that Ms Ns behaviours required the full time attention of one Guardianship Officer leaving only one other Guardianship Officer to deal with the remaining 46 OPG clients. It was noted that this situation is clearly unacceptable based on the resources available to the OPG at the moment. 36. A Delegate of the Public Guardian prepared a report dated 31 August 1994 for a Guardianship Order review. The Delegate noted that from the commencement of Ms Ns placement, Anglicare experienced problems. Ms N exhibited aggressive outbursts and sexual disinhibition, she left her residence and consumed alcohol. Attempts to persuade Ms N to return to her flat were met with aggressive or self-injurious behaviours. Over time it was noted that Ms N became more cooperative and her


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