WA needs specialised problem behaviour program: AMA (WA)

WA needs specialised problem behaviour program: AMA (WA)


Thursday 20 March 2014

thumbnail

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.

 

For more on this report, please click here.

Have Your Say

Do you support the TGA's decision to make codeine-based medicines prescription only?




View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Why I Joined the AMA (WA)...
"It is my hope that we can tackle the challenges our profession faces, united as one. If we dislike our working hours, our pay, gender inequality or low training opportunities, we can change these together. As a nurse in my previous life, I know that when a profession stands as one, people listen."
Dr Rebecca Cogan
Dr Rebecca Cogan
Blog
Setting the agenda on the End-of-Life debate
Dr Katharine Noonan
Thursday, 31st May 2018

It is an issue that will dominate political, medical and ethical debate in Western Australia over the next year, if not longer.   And the Australian Medical Association (WA) is determined to have the voice of the medical profession heard …