Jail mental health care inadequate

A MARYBOROUGH solicitor has described the provision of mental health treatment for his client at Maryborough Correctional Centre as “inadequate”.

Luke Steven Jones is in custody at the jail awaiting finalisation of alleged break-in and drug offences.

He appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court for mention of the charges this week.

Solicitor Travis George said Jones was under a treatment order of the Maryborough mental health unit when he committed the offences.

Jones wanted to apply for bail and be re-admitted to the unit but a bail application was not possible until there was written confirmation there was a bed available for him.

Jones’s mother and Mr George had attempted to get written confirmation from the unit but it had not been provided.

Jones was visibly distressed when he appeared in court.

Mr George said his client was under suicide watch at the prison and was being attended to by a clinical nurse.

“He has had one videolink to a psychiatrist,” Mr George said.

“There is no psychiatrist at Maryborough Correctional Centre - the whole scenario is inadequate.”

A Brisbane coroner recently ruled the provision of mental health services at the prison was insufficient to meet the needs of prisoners, one of whom killed a man just one week after being released from the jail.

One quarter of the prisoners at Maryborough Correctional Centre require psychiatric services, according to Queensland Health, which provides the Prison Mental Health Service in the state’s jails.

Jones’s case was adjourned for mention in Maryborough Magistrates Court on October 18 and he was remanded in custody until that date.

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