More beds for young patients
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