Brisbane Hospital Mental Health Unit Under Independent Examination After Multiple Deaths

Brisbane, Australia – In light of multiple deaths at a mental health unit within Prince Charles Hospital, Health Minister Shannon Fentiman has initiated an independent examination of the situation. The review comes after three individuals tragically died by suicide at the facility in the past 16 months, with two more patients harming themselves during that time, the most recent incident occurring in April.

Fentiman expressed her condolences to the families affected by these devastating events, acknowledging the distress that comes with losing a loved one. She emphasized the importance of working closely with these families as part of the ongoing review process, demonstrating the government’s commitment to addressing the issues at hand.

Queensland Health is prepared to implement recommendations arising from the review, which is anticipated to be completed by midyear. A prior clinical review into the deaths led to immediate improvements, such as increasing frontline staff and introducing a new short-stay crisis stabilization unit that is scheduled to open at the hospital in September.

Fentiman highlighted the hospital and health service’s proactive approach in looking at the overall model of care systematically, aiming to make comprehensive changes that will enhance the quality of mental health services provided. The government’s recognition of the need for ongoing improvements in funding and support for mental health services reflects a commitment to ensuring the well-being of all patients under their care.