The Northern Territory news Tue 13 Aug 2019
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TUESDAY AUGUST 13 2019 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA ROYAL Darwin Hospitals Cowdy Ward courtyard was closed for two whole days as health experts carried out a risk assessment on the area, the NT News can confirm. A Top End Health spokeswoman said the courtyard was now open for patients to use. RDH yard closed for 2 days LAUREN ROBERTS Health Reporter It was closed on Thursday and Friday (August 1 and 2) to undertake an assessment of the space; patients were notified and kept informed of progress, she said. Access to outdoor areas is an important part of mental health treatment and there are other forms of outdoor activity available to some patients beyond the courtyard. The spokeswoman said it was a a risk assessment so it could examine what improvements could be made in the space. Last month, a coronial inquest into the death of Daniel Bleaney, 37, heard he died on the afternoon of October 19 2018, 10 hours after authorities involuntarily admitted him to the ward and while he was under close watch. The much loved seafarer took his own life after escaping from the supposedly secure Cowdy Ward, leaving behind a heartbroken family. Days earlier, Daniel had been plucked from the water nine hours out from Darwin after jumping from the Far Sword, the ship on which he was the chief mate, in the middle of a psychotic episode. As the ship made its way into Darwin, with crew members constantly by his side, Daniel told his partner Sarah: I jumped from the ship, God told me to do it and I jumped from the ship. Counsel assisting the coroner Kelvin Currie said the inquest would focus on why Daniel was not kept safe while detained involuntarily at the hospital. A previous inquest has probed the escape of another man, 23-year-old Dean Jigili also over the wards courtyard fence who took his life at Bagot. The 2016 inquest into Mr Jigilis death found he scaled a 4m fence at the RDH secure mental health ward and made his way to the Bagot Community on the day he died. Blood on the Dance Floor will showcase at Browns Mart Theatre Picture: DORINE BLAISE One mans story told in bloodline THE legacy of blood and importance of bloodlines are explored in this passionate autobiographical tale. Blood on the Dance Floor is an autobiographical tale about and by multi-disciplinary indigenous artist Jacob Boehme from the Narangga and Karuna nations of South Australia. Its my autobiography and also a love story. A love story to my dad, said Boehme. Its about my journey being fair-skinned Aboriginal, gay, and HIV positive all displayed through theatre and dance. Boehme was diagnosed with HIV in 1998 and in response reached out to his ancestors for answers. This story follows his journey to those answers by exploring the memories of our bloodlines, our need for community, and what blood means to each of us. The show, however, does also have its comedic side. The one thing that the audience should expect is some cheeky, dirty fun, said Boehme. However, most of all we want the audience to gain both courage and hope to confront the things in their lives that they dont feel too sure about confronting. He takes on three roles for the performance, including his father, whose accent Boehme takes on as if it were his own. Boehme has been in and out of Darwin for the last 20 years but has never had the chance to perform here before. Darwin is the first stage of the shows national tour, which will next head to Victoria. Were looking forward to it, he said. Weve been here a couple of days now experiencing the dance forums and shows at the festival. Weve had a really fantastic time. Where: Browns Mart Theatre When: 6pm, August 13-15 NATHANIEL CHAMBERS
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