A West Australian mental health worker fatally stabbed, allegedly while she was visiting a patient, was not rostered on at the time, her employer says.
Jacqueline Lynn Francis, 50, was attacked on Saturday evening. She then drove to a nearby Dome cafe in Rockingham for help and was rushed to Fiona Stanley Hospital but could not be saved.
Not-for-profit organisation Neami National said in a statement the Rockingham facility did not offer after-hours or weekend services.
“We don’t know why Jacqueline was visiting the home site outside of normal hours and that is certainly one of the questions we are working to have answered,” a spokesman said.
“Like most other service providers, solo outreach visits are permitted by Neami but only after a thorough and rigorous assessment has been conducted to identify risk.”
If there was a heightened risk, solo outreach visits would not be allowed, the spokesman added.
WA mental health minister Roger Cook said the government would continue to work with clinical services and NGOs to ensure the safety of mental health workers, adding it was important to have protocols in place and that they were followed.
“We have a range of after-hours and emergency services that people can access, so they should be confident that they can get that support after-hours or on the weekend,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
“We don’t know why this particular mental health worker was in these particular circumstances.”
Shannon Scott Westerman Smith, 37, faced Rockingham Magistrates Court on Monday charged with murdering the mother-of-three.
He was remanded in custody until his appearance in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on October 15.