Lake Alice investigation into treatment of children and adolescents

24 Aug 2020, 09:00

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry has announced the scope of its investigation into abuse and neglect at the Child and Adolescent Unit at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital in the 1970s.

The investigation makes up part of the Inquiry’s broader investigation into historic abuse and neglect in psychiatric care.

Lake Alice Investigation Team Lead Andrew Molloy says this is the first comprehensive investigation into what happened to children and young adults at the Unit, and why.

He says his team is examining the nature and extent of any abuse and neglect, and what the government, police and professional bodies did to prevent and respond to it.

“We are also examining issues such as the adequacy of training and supervision of Lake Alice staff, the discipline and complaint procedures, as well as the level of personal and professional support provided to staff by the Unit’s management.”