WA needs specialised problem behaviour program: AMA (WA)

WA needs specialised problem behaviour program: AMA (WA)


Thursday 20 March 2014

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The State Government should establish a specialised problem behaviour program similar to the services offered in Victoria, the AMA (WA) said today.

 

Dr Alexandra Welborn, an AMA (WA) Council member and the AMA psychiatrist spokesperson, said that without specialist care, offenders with serious mental health disorders could subvert treatment and reoffend.

 

Dr Welborn’s comments come as concerns grow about the release of a dangerous sex offender from jail under strict conductions.

 

Dr Welborn said WA needed a community program with a strong academic base to deal with such complex offenders.

 

“We are really underdone in our forensic services here (in WA) and there are concerns about this particular offender being released, in that there has been evidence he has psychopathic traits which are very difficult to deal with,” Dr Welborne said.

 

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