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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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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