DETAILED information on recent incidents at the Alexander Bayne Centre needs to be made public, according to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards.
Ms Edwards lodged a Freedom of Information request on Tuesday after a man absconded from the centre Monday and was hit by a car.
“The Chief Psychiatrist had advised the minister that he engaged with Bendigo Health and the health service has provided detailed information about their management of the incidents and the actions of the service,” she said.
“The FOI is requesting that detailed information.
“And that detailed information hasn’t been provided to me obviously.
“I did have a tour of the facility and some of the measures that have been put in place to protect patients and staff were pointed out to me.
“Nevertheless, the recent incident this week again highlighted that perhaps these measures haven’t worked and need to be readdressed to see if there’s more that needs to be done”
Ms Edwards said patients and their families needed to have confidence in the centre.
“The minister needs to be open and transparent about the measures that have been put in place,” she said.
There have been at least four incidents at the Alexander Bayne Centre since June.
A spokesman for Bendigo Health said the organisation regularly reviewed its processes.
“Maree Edwards recently received first hand information during a recent tour of the Alexander Bayne Centre with Bendigo Health Chief Psychiatrist Dr Philip Tune,” he said.
“Bendigo Health can assure Ms Edwards and the community that the treatment and safety of our patients is paramount, and that we consistently review our processes and implement any improvements when identified."
A spokesperson for Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said they would let the Freedom of Information request go through due process.