Audit of the first 100 admissions to the first high-secure adolescent forensic mental health unit in Australia

Audit of the first 100 admissions to the first high-secure adolescent forensic mental health unit in Australia

Audit of the first 100 admissions to the first high-secure adolescent forensic mental health unit in Australia

Individual presentation30John Kasinathan, Justice Health Forensic Mental Health Network, Australia

Room 3BThu 10:30 - 12:00

The Austinmer Adolescent Unit (AAU) is a 6-bed mixed gender unit housed within the high secure Forensic Hospital in Sydney New South Wales (NSW), that opened to admissions in 2008. This is the first and for many years the only secure mental health facility in Australia designated for the assessment and treatment of young people aged 14-21 in NSW, who require mental health treatment and present a risk to others. Patients are admitted to the unit under the Mental Health Act, from custodial and community hospital settings.

The study aims to answer:

What are the mental health and risk characteristics of the first 100 young people admitted to the unit?

What are their demographics?

What are the primary psychiatric diagnoses and associated diagnoses and disorders?

What are the treatment pathways, length of stay and discharge settings?

This provides important understanding of the range of issues presented by this unique population and will assist how best to develop services to better meet the needs of this vulnerable and high-risk population.

Assessment and treatment of young and/or adolescent offenders
forensic mental health unit
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