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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

48 100. The NAAJA lawyer was unable to speak to either of the Adult Guardians who normally lived in the community and it appears that they were not in Ms Ns community when she visited. 101. It was obvious to the lawyer that Ms N was not receiving adequate care and was living in very poor conditions. Her observations appeared to be at odds with the reports prepared for the Guardianship Order review (referred to above). In effect the lawyer was concerned that the reports prepared for the Guardianship Review were inaccurate and potentially misleading. 102. On 27 June 2006 the NAAJA lawyer telephoned OPG and informed the Adult Guardianship Officer of her concerns. The Adult Guardianship Officer took notes of the conversation. The Adult Guardianship Officer records that her told her that: (i) Ms N was in a bad state. She had been in bed for 7 days with no medication, clothes, or nappy change. She was unsteady on her feet and not communicating. (ii) The Health Clinic nurse checked her over and no problems were identified. (iii) There seems to be a conflict between the family and the Respite Centre. (iv) The Respite Centre Manager had returned from leave. (v) An OPG visit was suggested. 103. In response to the suggested OPG visit, the Adult Guardianship Officer advised that she informed the lawyer that it was the Case Managers


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