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Topic: Involuntary Admission

2 posts, 0 answered
  1. Bec b
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    1 June 2019

    My grandparents are in QLD. My grandfather is getting worse and worse in how he treats nanna - he sees the world differently to how it is and is verbally abusive and threatens physical abuse. He had always been like that, but it’s getting worse because now there’s no family around to appease.

    is there a way to have him admitted involuntarily to see if he can be diagnosed and treated?

  2. geoff
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    1 June 2019 in reply to Bec b

    Hi Bec, and welcome to the forums.

    A voluntary patient can be admitted to a hospital but it is free for them to leave whenever they want, but if he threatens to physically hurt your nanna then the police can be called and then taken to a hospital for an assessment.

    If your nanna says something to her doctor, who is also your grandfather's doctor then he can make a determination and decide whether or not he needs to go to the hospital.

    The aim is to support people to recover, including giving them clear rights to make decisions about their own treatment.

    Each State has different rules but you can take the initiative to get help in order to prevent a tragic outcome and perhaps you could go with your nanna to her doctor and discuss the situation.

    Take care.

    Geoff.

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