Oakden: A shameful chapter In South Australia's history

The Hon. Bruce Lander QC, Independent Commission against Corruption has handed down his investigation report into the services and deaths at the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility.


In handing down his report Mr Lander said, "Today I published my investigation report on the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility, 'Oakden: A Shameful Chapter in South Australia's History'.


"Every South Australian should be outraged at what happened at the Oakden Facility.


"The consumers at Oakden were poorly cared for, forgotten and ignored. The facility itself was grossly substandard.


"I have made findings of maladministration against five individuals and the public authority responsible for the facility.


"Those findings do not however tell the entire story of responsibility for what went wrong at the Oakden Facility. Senior people including Ministers and Chief Executives, who were responsible by virtue of their office for the delivery of care and services to the consumers at the Oakden Facility, should have known what was going on but did not. I found this astounding.


"I have made 13 recommendations. The report and recommendations should be considered by all public officers in positions of authority as there are salient lessons to be learned for many agencies.


"This investigation was conducted in private as required by the legislation. However, it has reinforced my view that the ICAC Act should be amended to give me the discretion to conduct such investigations in public.


"My report is thorough and speaks for itself and I do not at this time consider it necessary for me to provide any further commentary."


South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said he is sorry for the abuse suffered by individuals who suffered at the Oakden nursing home.


Download the report "Oakden: A Shameful Chapter in South Australia’s History" from https://service.sa.gov.au/cdn/icac/ICAC_Report_Oakden.pdf


See also "SA Premier 'deeply sorry' after Oakden ICAC reports five individuals for maladministration", for details of the five named in the report and the Minister who sought to have her name suppressed.


1 March 2018.