The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Australia Mother calls for inquest into son's death in effort to improve mental health services

01:36  10 march  2018
01:36  10 march  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

ICAC inquiry on Oakden aged care home reports five individuals for maladministration

  ICAC inquiry on Oakden aged care home reports five individuals for maladministration South Australia's Independent Commissioner Against Corruption makes damning findings of maladministration by the Weatherill Government over the management of the now-closed Oakden nursing home. But the report stopped short of finding any minister committed maladministration.It did however make criticisms of the former mental health minister Leesa Vlahos, saying she sought to deflect responsibility for failings at the facility.Ms Vlahos stood down as lead candidate on Labor's Legislative Council ticket before the report was released.

Joshua Klumper died just days after seeking mental health help at a Gold Coast hospital. His mother says an inquest is needed to change the way patients are treated by health workers.

Joshua Klumper with his mother Ursula and sister Zoe.© ABC News Joshua Klumper with his mother Ursula and sister Zoe. A grieving mother is calling for an inquest into her son's death, a process she hopes will change the way patients suffering from mental health issues are treated by health workers.

Her 17-year-old son, Joshua Klumper, died last September just days after attempting to get mental health help at the Gold Coast University Hospital's emergency department.

More than 3,000 people have signed Ursula Skjonnemand's petition asking the state coroner to investigate the events leading up to Joshua's death.

She told ABC Radio Brisbane an internal review conducted by the hospital fell "significantly short" of preventing mistakes she has alleged health staff made.

Royal Hobart Hospital bed shortage left mental health patient waiting for four days, union says

  Royal Hobart Hospital bed shortage left mental health patient waiting for four days, union says More than 10 patients have been left waiting in the Royal Hobart Hospital's emergency department for a transfer to the psychiatric ward, a union says, with Labor seizing on the reports as proof Tasmania's health system is in crisis.Health unions have reported that 11 psychiatric patients have been left languishing in the Royal Hobart's emergency department (ED) due to the bed shortage, known as bed block.

Calls For Inquest Into Why Aussie Mum Miriam Merten Was Left To Die. The mother died on June 3. The distressing scene has led to calls for a parliamentary inquiry into NSW mental health services as Labor branded the video a "Don Dale moment" for the system.

Janet Petrella-Ashby and her husband, Frank, are calling for an inquest into the death of their 12-year-old son Chazz, who took his own life at the end of August after suffering from mental health issues for years.

"We need to turn this tragedy into a learning experience so that the people that are in the system right now, struggling to keep their children alive, have a system that supports them rather than a system without compassion.

"The coroner is the one that has the power to make [a] recommendation for systemic change."

Hard for others to read emotions

Ms Skjonnemand claims Joshua's death could have been prevented if better patient history records were kept and more compassion had been shown when he presented to emergency seeking help.

Lynch deal to dwarf Franklin's: report

  Lynch deal to dwarf Franklin's: report Tom Lynch is coming off contract at the end of the year and it’s said the Suns are willing to outlay a long term big money deal that could dwarf the contract the Sydney Swans offered Lance Franklin. Herald Sun reports that Collingwood, Hawthorn and Richmond are all in the mix to try and lure the 25-year-old from the Sunshine Coast and the Suns are prepared to go all out with a contract worth $1.5 million per year over seven seasons to keep him on the Gold Coast.While its understood no official offer has been made, the Suns appear to be in good financial shape with only a few other players coming off contract.

CITATION: Inquest into the death of Nicholas Edward Spring NTMC [2011] 028. Title of court 12. 36. From that time the deceased was in daily contact with the on call team of Top End Mental Health Services .

(CBC). The mother of Ashley Smith is urging the federal government to move faster on implementing recommendations from an inquest into her "That obviously was not the case," said Kirkpatrick. Hines' s family believe he may have been having a mental health emergency before his death .

Joshua had Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.

His mum said social situations took up a lot of his emotional energy and his "poker face" made it hard for others to read his emotions.

"Having an invisible disability causes a lot of difficulties with people understanding the seriousness of what's going on," Ms Skjonnemand said.

"You try to clear a path for your children and do the best you can.

"I've learned that a loving family is not enough — you need a loving community."

Just days before taking his own life, Joshua went to the hospital with his grandmother seeking help for a situation he'd been in before.

Ms Skjonnemand said he'd suffered what she called a "suicidal attack" 10 months earlier while waiting for help in another emergency room.

"He'd had 55 minutes being patient, waiting for help in emergency, and went into a meltdown.

"[He] came back in a paddy wagon and had to be tackled to stop him from taking his life.

Richardson wants next-gen Saints liftoff

  Richardson wants next-gen Saints liftoff St Kilda begin a season without Nick Riewoldt for the first time this century with hopes high that a new band of Saints can return them to September.Seb Ross. Blake Acres. Luke Dunstan. Jade Gresham and Jack Lonie. Josh Bruce too.

In the matter of an Inquest into the death of. Sarah rose higgins on 16. March 2002 at the royal. At the time, the deceased was subject to an order made pursuant to the Mental Health and Related Services Act. As a result, she was a "person in care" within the meaning of s 12 of the

The Cobourg, Ont., family of a boy who took his own life two years ago is appalled a coroner' s report has concluded the mental health care the 12-year-old received was "good." Cobourg, Ont., parents call for review of coroner decision not to call inquest into 12-year-old' s death .

"It was a sudden, desperate urge that will pass if you can look after them and prevent them from doing harm."

Joshua didn't tell hospital staff he was suffering in the same way when he sought help on September 2.

His mum said he knew mentioning suicidal thoughts would get him "locked up" in a room he had no desire to return to.

"He had been in the mental health units three time before; he did not want to go back," she said.

"It's a horrible place."

'He'd done everything in his power'

What Ms Skjonnemand did expect was recognition from hospital staff that he'd been in this position before.

"They failed to put an alert on his file and they failed to put him on a suicide prevention plan," she said.

"Josh waited four hours, received no compassion, was drug tested and then eventually told, 'If we haven't been able to help you until now, we won't be able to fix you tonight'."

"That was the moment that broke him."

In the days before his death, Ms Skjonnemand said Joshua was loving towards his family and had the "courage of a lion".

He went to work, visited his friends and wrote a note about his wish for the world.

Coach Wessels wants more punch from Rebels

  Coach Wessels wants more punch from Rebels The new-look Melbourne Rebels can win three games for the first time in their Super Rugby history if they knock over the Brumbies on Friday night.The new-look Rebels have continued to tick off some important milestones and this week can win three games in succession for the first time to maintain their Australian conference lead.

CITATION: Inquest into the death of Clare Louise Harrison. Title of court “A patient who, pursuant to the Mental Health and Related Services Act is in custody whether in a hospital or temporarily removed from a hospital”.

Inquest I am able to make the following formal findings in relation to the death of Aaron Nathan Stagg, as required by the Act At that time contact was made with the Centralian Mental Health Services by Mr Stagg’ s mother .

"Something triggered him again and he knew when he went into that meltdown that he had done everything in his power," she said.

"It had got to the point where everybody had done everything they could to help him except the health system which had put up a brick wall."

Demand for change

Ms Skjonnemand said she believed there had been five major failures of the state's mental health system.

She claims health workers showed a lack of compassion for people suffering with mental health issues, inaccurately documented her son's presentations to emergency and the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), were dismissive of suicidal ideation, lacked regard for relatives' insights into Joshua's mental state, and put pressure on her family to de-escalate his care prematurely.

Ms Skjonnemand said she hoped an inquest would change the way mental health patients were treated, shorten hospital waiting times and put in place systems whereby patients were supported by a case worker when they presented for help and after they left hospital.

A Queensland Health spokesperson said Health Minister Steven Miles could not comment on individual cases but confirmed he was looking into Joshua's story.

Wearied by her six-month fight for change, Ms Skjonnemand said she had learned to embrace the grey hairs and wrinkles that came with it.

"Now that my son is gone I have an obligation to speak for the people who are still there struggling to support their children.

"We need to honour him by not sweeping it under the rug."

International Women's Day marchers take to the streets of Sydney .
More than 2,000 people have marched through central Sydney calling for more effective measures to counter violence and sexual harassment against women. The annual International Women's Day march was dominated by the union movement and migrant groups, who led the procession from Hyde Park to Central Station.High rates of domestic violence against Aboriginal women and exploitation of Asian women in the workplace were highlighted at the rally.Actress Helen Dallimore said she had been attending marches since her mother took her to a protest more than 20 years ago.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!