Call Again Tomorrow...

November 17th, 2012

The Office of Police Integrity Victoria, has tabled a report in State Parliament detailing the untenable workload faced by police and recommending the creation of dedicated facilities for the assessment of the mentally ill.

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A New Mental Health Act for Victoria

November 10th, 2012

The Victorian State Government has released a white paper outlining its intended reforms to the Victorian Mental Health system...

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Moral Hazard & The Funding of Mental Health Care

October 10th, 2012

Every year, despite recommendations from the Office of the State Coroner of Victoria and the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, mental health patients continue to be at the mercy of a hospital system riddled with examples of systemic failure in areas fundamental to patient safety.

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Plugged in: Troubled Teens & The Elderly

October 10th, 2012

Melbourne Herald Sun 28 November 2009, reports on ECT treatments of ‘deeply troubled teenagers’ in an attempt to ‘cure’ their mental illness.  Young adults 18-24 were also treated with ECT.  The report further recorded more than 270 elderly Victorians over the age of 75 were treated with ECT.  These treatments were undertaken in the 2007-2008 year in Victoria.

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Fiddling With The Numbers Vs Real Treatment...

October 10th, 2012

The Victorian State Government is implementing a new procedure for managing patient waiting lists.
While this will certainly contribute to a reduction in the number of patients on ‘waiting lists’, it does little in the way of improving or speeding up actual treatment for the patient...

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