THE DEPARTMENT of Health will investigate an incident at the Alexander Bayne Centre on Monday.
A psychiatric patient absconded from the centre and was hit by a van, the second such incident since June.
Bendigo Health acting executive director psychiatric services Peter Robertson said managing patient recovery and security was a challenge, but was not something unique to Bendigo.
“In the normal course of events we would be liaising with the office of the Chief Psychiatrist about these types of incidents,” he said.
“We would certainly be interested in the review process and the finding of those reviews.
“It certainly is a challenge.
“We obviously often talk to our colleagues around the state around how they manage these challenges as well.
“This is a challenge that all psychiatric inpatient units grapple with.”
Changes have been made at the centre following previous incidents.
“We have taken steps to improve the security and patients’ safety at the Alexander Bayne Centre,” Mr Robertson said.
“That includes increasing the height of the fence, providing additional internal security doors and also additional security staff.
“We will have to await the outcome of the review of (Monday’s) incident.
“If there are any improvements that have been noted, then we will certainly make sure that we do that.”
The centre is one of several mental health services run by Bendigo Health.
“It’s an extremely busy unit,” Mr Robertson said.
“There is constantly a high level of demand for beds within the centre.
“The staff do a fantastic job on a regular basis to manage those demands.”
The incident occurred during mental health week.
A football match will be held at Tom Flood Sports Centre from 11am Wednesday, followed by a lawn bowls come and try day at Bendigo Bowls Club Thursday as part of the week.
"It's an annual event in Australia," Mr Robertson said.
"It's about engaging the community in a range of activities that promote good mental health."
One in four people who sought Haven: Home, Safe assistance had a mental illness.