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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8 Guardian to make decisions concerning Ms Ns health care, accommodation and day to day care. The Public Guardian also had authority to manage the finances and estate of Ms N. 16. The Public Guardian was required to notify all interested parties as to the existence and terms of a Guardianship Order. On 7 January 2005 letters were sent to the Adult Guardians, the Health Centre, the Health Clinic, the Aged and Disability Services Manager DHCS, and Gove District and Royal Darwin Hospitals, informing them of, and enclosing copies of, the Guardianship Order. Accordingly, the existence and scope of the Guardianship Orders was well known. 5. HISTORY OF CARE 1993 17. In November 1993 Ms N was admitted into Gove District Hospital as a form of crisis intervention due to lack of respite support for her family. A Community Nurse requested an assessment and review of Ms Ns current social situation. The Community Nurses report was later forwarded for consideration by the Local Court in Ms Ns first Adult Guardianship hearing. This report contains the following observations, which remained relevant throughout the history of Ms Ns care: Lack of respite facilities available for (Ms N) has meant that the family have had little support in caring for (Ms N). Over recent years the relationship between (Ms N) and her family has led to the situation where (Ms N) is now being abused physically on a regular basis.
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