Health service charged after patient death

Melbourne Health has been charged by WorkSafe following the death of a patient at its Broadmeadows aged persons mental health unit.


WorkSafe lodged three charges against Melbourne Health under section 23(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the OHS Act) at the Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on 7 June relating to the death on 23 September, 2013.

WorkSafe alleges that Melbourne Health contravened the OHS Act on three occasions when it failed to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that the 75-year-old male patient was not exposed to risks to his health or safety arising from the conduct of its undertaking.