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Inquiry Into Mental Health NSW 2023

Latest NewsReport on the NSW Mental Health Inquiry Response to Inquiry – Crisis InterventionResponse to Inquiry – Medicating RecidivismMedication Statistical Failure 15/11/23Social Solution for Mental Health ChallengesReport – Human Rights Commission Being: Discussion – 17/10/23Four Corners Mental Health Torture – 16/10/23Report – Parliament Mental Health Inquiry – 16/10/23Inquiry – Coercion Rejected Media – 13/10/23 OverviewNSW Parliamentary Committee […]

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NSW Parliament Mental Health Inquiry: Report on 16/10/23 (Hearing) 

The Justice Action Team attended the second hearing on 16/10/2023, and many participants received the JA Media handout (accessible here). This is a report of the evidence in advance of the full transcript being available later. Whilst the first hearing looked at lived experience, the second hearing focused on evidence from practitioners, community support services,

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Report on Australian Human Rights Commission and Being Discussion 17/10/23

The Justice Action team attended the “Mental Health is a Universal Right” discussion on 17/10/23.  This event was an innovative fish bowl style discussion co-hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and Being. The theme of the discussion was why “Mental Health is a Universal Right”. The fishbowl style of discussion allowed a non-hierarchical event

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PARLIAMENTARY MENTAL INQUIRY – COERCION REJECTED 13/10/2023

Of the 149 submissions tendered to the Parliamentary Inquiry into mental health care in NSW, only the Tribunal actually making  the forced treatment orders say they are good. Last year it had 6,500 hearings agreeing to almost 90% (p25). It said:  ‘There have been many hearings where the Tribunal is presented with evidence that the

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Evidence Against Forced Medication

Harrow M, Jobe TH, Tong L. (2021). Twenty-year effects of antipsychotics in schizophrenia and affective psychotic disorders. Psychological Medicine, 1–11.This is a particularly damning study against the use of forced medication. This study investigated, over a 20-year period, the effect of antipsychotic medication upon a large number of patients suffering schizophrenia. The particularly damning finding

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Nathan Chetty

OVERVIEW Nathan Chetty is a gentle person of Indian-Fijian descent, who is almost blind. Nathan had been traumatised following threats from a family member. In 2015 he was accused of pulling overhead electrical wires while standing on the car in the garage, responding to a perceived threat of electrical damage. Since 2015 he has been

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Northern Territory Report

LATEST NEWSNorthern Territory Report OVERVIEWThe Northern Territory (“NT”) has the highest adult imprisonment rate in Australia, with approximately 1% of its population in prison. It also has the highest rate of Indigenous incarceration, with almost 4% of the state adult Indigenous population behind bars. The Indigenous population are among the most marginalised, disconnected, and invisible

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