More beds for young pa­tients

Canning Times - - NEWS -

THE Bent­ley Ado­les­cent Unit has been re­placed with a new East Metropoli­tan Youth Unit (EMyU) which opened with six beds for 16to 17-year olds.

Site works will see the fa­cil­ity ex­panded back to its orig­i­nal 12-bed size, and it will even­tu­ally cater for peo­ple aged 16 to 24 years.

Younger pa­tients from the Bent­ley Ado­les­cent Unit - which catered for pa­tients aged 12 to 16 years were moved to the new Perth Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal when it opened in June.

In a me­dia state­ment on June 21, Men­tal Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said the EMyU would add to the 14 youth beds at Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal, the 20 beds at Perth Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and the eight youth hospi­tal in the home beds at Sir Charles Gar­diner Hospi­tal.

“The open­ing of Perth Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal has al­lowed us to shift ser­vices and open a new ded­i­cated unit to help meet de­mand for youth in­pa­tient men­tal health ser­vices,” Mr Cook said.

“We know that 75 per cent of men­tal health prob­lems start be­fore the age of 25, so pro­vid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate care early is es­sen­tial to help­ing WA’s young peo­ple lead happy and pro­duc­tive lives.” A PE­TI­TION to keep mur­derer Dante Wyn­d­ham Arthurs be­hind bars at­tracted more than 54,000 sig­na­tures as of yes­ter­day.

Arthurs was given a life sen­tence of 20 years for the mur­der of Sofia Ro­driguez-Ur­ru­tia Shu, who was at­tacked in the toi­lets of Canning Vale shop­ping cen­tre Liv­ingston Mar­ket­place.

Arthurs is el­i­gi­ble for re­lease mid-2019, after what would be 13 years in prison.

The change.org pe­ti­tion en­ti­tled ‘John Quigley: Do not re­lease Dante Arthurs’ was started by Paul Lither­land, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer who now vis­its schools to con­duct stranger dan­ger talks and pro­mote on­line safety.

Mr Lither­land’s goal is to achieve a sup­port of 75,000 for the pe­ti­tion and marks the start of a year­long cam­paign to keep Arthurs in jail, al­though the fi­nal de­ci­sion rests with Mr Quigley as the At­tor­ney Gen­eral.

Sophia was eight years old when she died.

The pe­ti­tion is at www.change.org/p/john­quigley-do-not-re­leasedante-arthurs

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