State-run SA nursing home shut down after allegations of mistreatment and massive negative media coverage

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The Oakden Older Person Mental Health facility for people with dementia in northeast Adelaide has been closed following an independent review into claims that residents were being overdosed, restrained and isolated.

The Government announced the shutdown after accepting all of the review’s recommendations.

Eight staff have also been stood down, with 21 reported to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and three incidents referred to police.

Residents will now be transferred to other mental health or aged care facilities over the coming months.

The sad saga has grown to national prominence with The Australian newspaper giving it regular coverage.