Changes to Qld Health after death
FIVE years after the killing of a homeless man in Brisbane, Queensland Health continues to learn from the horror death and implement changes to its system.
“Queensland Health is committed to ensuring that prisoners with a mental illness have access to equivalent services to those provided to mental health consumers in the wider Qld community,” executive director Mental Health Service Dr Aaron Groves said in the wake of comments by Brisbane coroner John Lock earlier this month.
Mr Lock said that the Maryborough Correctional Centre did not have the resources to provide appropriate programs to treat mentally ill prisoner Daniel Pattel in 2005.
Pattell was jailed for three years at Maryborough Correctional Centre for violent assault and released on parole in 2005.
One week later he killed homeless man John Simpson-Willson in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens.
Mr Lock made his comments earlier this month at the inquest into Mr Simpson-Willson’s death.
“Queensland Health has addressed the Coroner’s recommendations through recent and planned funding increases to allow expansion of the Prison Mental Health Service.”
Mr Groves said the Prison Mental Health Services delivered in Maryborough were facilitated by a Clinical Nurse.
The full-time clinical position at Maryborough Prison Mental Health Service was established in July 2006.
Sessional psychiatrists from the Brisbane Prison Mental Health Service provide specialist psychiatrist services, in person and via video conference, to all prisoners at the facility identified as requiring psychiatric services (25 per cent).