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Stephanie Francis has been published in the Australian Health Law Bulletin

RK Law Graduate Stephanie Francis has had an article published in the Australian Health Law Bulletin titled 'Coronial comments on the need for systematic assessment of potential ligature points in psychiatric units'.

The death of Phillip William Michell following an attempt to take his own life at Ballarat Health Services’ (BHS) Adult Acute Unit (AAU) has led to the Coroner to call for rigorous assessment and consideration of potential ligature points within psychiatric inpatient units and improved supervision procedures for the uniquely vulnerable patients who reside within them.

It has highlighted the need for mental health services to be hypervigilant in the assessment and removal of potential ligature points within their facilities. It also serves as a morbid reminder to employees of inpatient facilities, to ensure that there is strict compliance with the policies and procedures regarding visual observations and checks on patients.

Read the full article here.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Gorton AM on 03 9609 1505. 

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