ABC NEWS: Children with autism in WA ‘languishing’ in mental health wards, youth advocates say

ABC News


An article by Rhiannon Shine, at ABC news: 

Children with autism are languishing in mental health wards for “months”, leaving others stuck on emergency departments for days waiting for an admission, according to Western Australia’s chief mental health advocate.

Debora Colvin penned a letter to three Government ministers in November after becoming increasingly concerned about the number of young people waiting days in hospital emergency departments for admission to one of the state’s two youth mental health units, while adolescents with autism were stuck on these wards “with nowhere else to go”.

She said on the day she sent her letter there were four teenagers who had been waiting days for an admission to a mental health ward.

One had been waiting for five days, two for three days and another for just over two days.

The only two youth mental health wards in West Australia authorised to take 16 and 17-year-olds have 12 and 14 beds, respectively.

Click here to read the full article which includes comment from Autism Association of WA, CEO – Joan McKenna-Kerr. 

 

 

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