Unauthorised absences from leave from an Australian security hospital



Russ Scott, Vikram Goel, Darren Neillie, Terry Stedman, Tom Meehan

doi: 10.1177/1039856214522529

Australasian Psychiatry

April 2014 vol. 22 no. 2 170-173






Objective: To consider incidents relating to absences without permission from authorised leave from a security hospital.

Method: A retrospective audit over a 10-year period of all critical incidents relating to leave from the High Security Inpatient Services, Brisbane, Australia.

Results: There has been a low incidence of patients absenting themselves without permission from leave. Of the 12 patients who went absent without permission over the 10-year study period, only one patient was reported to have committed an offence and no patient seriously self-harmed.

Conclusions: Attention to patient selection and risk management strategies have been effective in minimising the risk to patients and to the community as a direct result of absences without permission from authorised leave.