Report of Reviewable Deaths
31 Aug 2018
The NSW Ombudsman tabled a report in Parliament on the deaths in 2014-2017 of 494 people with disability who lived in residential care.
The report identifies a range of actions by disability providers and health services that are required to reduce preventable deaths. In particular, the Ombudsman’s reviews identified deaths of people with disability in residential care in 2014-2017 that may have been prevented if the individuals had received:
- timely medical assistance and effective first aid
- support to minimise their resistance to health assessments and treatment
- help to address significant risks associated with obesity, smoking and other lifestyle factors
- effective supervision and support to manage choking risks
- appropriate support in hospital.