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Nurses who were supposed to be caring for a troubled teenage girl, 18, when she took her own life at a hospital are found guilty of 'unsatisfactory conduct'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 24/04/2019 Zoe Zaczek

WARNING: The following story may be distressing to some readers.

Two nurses have lost their registrations after an 18-year-old girl committed suicide while in their care.    

In March 2015, Ahlia Raftery was a patient in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the Mater Mental Health Centre, in Newcastle, New South Wales, due to her high suicide risk.

The teenager was transferred between four mental health facilities in the six days before she took her own life on March 19. 

Madison Ford sitting at a table posing for the camera: In March 2015, Ahlia Raftery was a patient in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the Mater Mental Health Centre, in Newcastle, New South Wales, due to her high suicide risk (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In March 2015, Ahlia Raftery was a patient in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the Mater Mental Health Centre, in Newcastle, New South Wales, due to her high suicide risk (pictured)

The Health Care Complaints Commission filed a complaint against four registered nurses with the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The commission alleged the nurses' conduct surrounding Ms Raftery's death was unsatisfactory.

On March 19 2019, the tribunal found Lainine Dinkwater and Russell Lilly guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

Both their registrations were cancelled with a non-review period of 12 months, according to the Health Care Complaints Commission. 

Graeme Davies and Chit Chit Than were found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. 

Both were reprimanded and Mr Davies was handed strict conditions for his registration over the next two years, including undertaking an ethics course.

Mr Davies will be unable to provide nursing in a mental health unit or specialist care setting. 

He is also prohibited from undertaking agency nursing and cannot work any night duty shifts.

The findings were handed to the nurses on Wednesday. 

a person walking on a beach: The teenager (pictured) was transferred between four mental health facilities in the six days before she took her own life on March 19 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The teenager (pictured) was transferred between four mental health facilities in the six days before she took her own life on March 19 a building with a store on the corner of a street: Pictured is the Mater Mental Health Centre, in Newcastle, New South Wales © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pictured is the Mater Mental Health Centre, in Newcastle, New South Wales

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