Fixated Persons Unit investigates 100 cases in two years
Professor Alfred Allan, Forensic psychologist at Edith Cowan University, talk to Luke about the NSW Fixated Persons unit which was launched by Police Commissioner Mick Fuller ahead of the findings of the inquest into the Lindt cafe siege.
“These new units are a godsend,” says Professor Allan.
Professor Allan says private mental health practitioners could now refer patients to specialised authorities more easily, even where they may not have committed a crime. While psychologists look out for patients with overwhelming senses of injustice, plans to commit harm and the resources to do so, referrals often came down to a basic judgment, according to Professor Allan.
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