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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

43 Manager on 19 May 2006, were reassured when told that things were mostly going well. 87. It is clear that Ms N was not consistently getting the care specified in the Lifestyle Plan and that her Case Manager and DHCS were aware of this. The Guardianship Order Review of June 2006 88. In preparation for a Guardianship Order review, reports were prepared for presentation to the court. The Registered Nurse at the Clinic prepared an unsigned report dated 24 May 2006. According to OPG records, this report was neither provided to the Court nor the OPG. The unsigned report contained the following information: (i) Ms N is on the respite program and can attend for showers, meals etc but she does not always choose to. (ii) Her health status is reasonable for someone with physical and mental disabilities living in a remote community. (iii) She has learned that self-harm will get her what she requires in the shop. (iv) Her family take very little care of her and will exploit her if possible. There have been incidences when we believe sexual abuse has occurred but have been unable to prove it. (v) She needs to stay under the care of the Guardianship or she will be completely exploited by her family. Although it is not certain who saw this report at the time it was made, references to failures to attend to daily hygiene, self-harm, exploitation and sexual abuse ought to have raised alarm bells. There is no evidence of any immediate further inquiry from DHCS.


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