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RANZCP statement in response to death at Fiona Stanley Hospital

21 June 2019

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Western Australian Branch (RANZCP WA Branch) expresses deep sadness at the death of a woman admitted to Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) last week.

This distressing event is tragic for families and traumatising for staff.

The RANZCP WA Branch understands that an appropriate investigation is underway at FSH, and supports that process.

In the meantime, the RANZCP WA Branch emphasises the importance of early access to specialist mental health expertise in the Emergency Department.

It also supports the review of any issues that may impact on recruitment and retention of the mental health workforce, including work load, training, support and supervision.

ENQUIRIES: For more information call Sarah Carr on +61 (0)3 9640 0646 or +61 437 315 911, or email