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Callan Park Mental Health Consumer Project

Overview The national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services recognises the importance of the right of self-determination to recovery. Although Australia and NSW have policies that embrace the consumer-led movement, there remains significant gaps in its delivery resulting in individuals becoming entrapped. The Callan Park Consumer Mental Health Project will help address this gap. The …

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Educational opportunities for prisoners

Access to education is now available for prisoners regardless of where they are, or their previous educational experience. University courses and programs are now accessible without the need for internet or any prison administration involvement. Such educational opportunities are being offered to prisoners due to a gap caused by COVID-19 and a lack of international …

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Deinstitutionalisation

DEINSTITUTIONALISATION: Why community living has been accepted as the appropriate model. CONTENTS (click for pdf) 1. Introduction 2. History of Deinstitutionalisation – International Origins – History of Deinstitutionalisation in Australia 3. Models of Deinstitutionalisation 4. Public Policy Reasons for Deinstitutionalisation – Human Rights – Costs of institutionalisation 5. Australian Reference Articles – Hobbs 2000 – Owen 2004 …

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Justice Action Media Release: Forced Medication Rejection Report

Media release: Friday December 18, 2020 All mental health authorities across Australia have responded in this Report about the forced medication of  74 year old mother of five Kerry O’Malley. Her case was won in the Supreme Court. It was illegal abuse of a gentle woman. The injections caused severe side effects. She was accused of sitting in a …

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Negotiations with Key Decision Makers on their policies for Forced Medication

Friday, 18 December 2020 The Supreme Court victory in the Kerry O’Malley case has exposed the abuse of vulnerable people by the Australian mental health system. Her treatment highlights the disrespect offered to consumers in the current system. This report documents the responses of the key decision makers to a challenge on the central policy …

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Responses by Mental Health Authorities and Stakeholders to the Kerry O’Malley Case

Friday, 18 December 2020 Introduction This report details the responses of mental health authorities and consumer organisations to the efforts to stop the forced medication of Ms. Kerry O’Malley. The treatment she experienced highlights the disrespect towards consumers by the Australian mental health system. It exposes consumer powerlessness despite the rhetoric and money spent, intended …

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Role of Victims in Sentencing and Security Classification

Victims have the ability to submit Victim Impact Statements prior to sentencing. During the process of security reclassification, they may also make submissions to the Review council regarding the change, which must be considered by the Review Council before it makes a decision.[11] However, Corrective Services has the final responsibility for dealing with offences after …

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Politicising Grief

David Elliott’s revocation of Garforth’s classification decision could be viewed as an act of political opportunism.  After Ms Simpson sparked public outrage about Garforth’s reclassification, Elliott made a number of statements; arguing that “this [the reclassification] is not what this government was elected for” and also that “it is essential that any reclassification of prisoners …

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