September 11, 2014

Aggression in Mental Health Unit Leads to Improvement Notice

The Canberra Times runs a report on the issue of a provisional improvement notice (PIN) at Canberra's adult mental health unit relating to the violent and aggressive environment in which nurses have to work.

The Notice calls for anincrease in staffing levels or the closure of beds and follows an incident in which a nurse is believed to have been assaulted. 

Katrina Bracher, executive director of ACT Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services, said she was concerned by the working environment, which she conceded was difficult for staff to work in. 

Maybo training for healthcare staff