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It is no secret that the Australian mental health system is an unworkable mess. In 2021 the Victorian Royal Commission into mental health delivered its scathing findings. Chair Penny Armytage said she was personally shocked by what she had seen and heard. The system, she said, had catastrophically failed to live up to expectations and was woefully unprepared for current and future challenges. She called for a completely new system built on compassion but this call has gone unheeded. Nearly two years later, despite a lot of hype and promises it is business as usual and that business is often dark, ugly and hideous. The situation appears to be little different in other Australian states or territories. More…. 

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) says …

1. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his or her free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.

2. States, Parties shall take all effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent persons with disabilities, on an equal basis with others, from being subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Australia is a signatory to these international agreements but is dragging its feet in implementing them, particularly in regard to treatment, confinement and medical experiments on people without their consent. 

In the meantime, those of us in Australia with mental health problems have less rights than a criminal and often get treated abysmally.  Even the few limited rights  we have are often ignored or blatantly violated and there is little real scope for complaint .

What can we do about this?    More…..

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