PCH nurse who stole colleague’s meds ‘traumatised’ by Aishwarya’s death


Aishwarya Aswath died after waiting for help at Perth Children’s Hospital.

Aishwarya Aswath died after waiting for help at Perth Children’s Hospital.

“She is receiving ongoing psychiatric treatment to assist with this trauma.”

Davies, who has no prior criminal record, has since resigned from her role as a nurse at Perth Children’s Hospital’s emergency department.

In handing down the judgement, Magistrate Steven Heath said it was clear the stress of the inquest had a great impact on Davies and acknowledged she was receiving ongoing psychiatric treatment, but said the offending was “extremely disappointing”.

Heath said Davies had breached the trust of her colleagues, and the fact the drugs that were stolen was “concerning” given her role at the time as a registered nurse.

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“It can’t be said to have been a spur of the moment decision given the facts reveal there were four times that you went to the locker, you were disturbed but continued,” he said.

Oosthuizen asked that Davies be handed a spent conviction, arguing she had already been reprimanded by her workplace for the conduct.

But Magistrate Heath refused, ruling that the need for the community to be aware of the conviction outweighed Davies’ circumstances in the case.

Davies was fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs of $272.70.

In an interview with Nine News Perth on Thursday, Aishwarya’s father questioned whether staff had received enough support following his daughter’s death.

PCH refused to comment due to confidentiality.

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