Mental Health

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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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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Tackling Forced Medication

Purpose This document provides advice on how to successfully tackle forced medication – Community Treatment Orders (CTO’s) so that you can retake personal control of your life. This practice should be stopped so individuals can personally shape the plan they need to recover balance in their lives.  The material below is based on the experience of

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Justice Action’s Submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly Regarding the Parliamentary Inquiry on the Decriminalisation of Drug Use

As a member of the Australian Capital Territory Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS), as well as an ‘essential’ presence at the NSW Drug Summit and International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA) (1997), Justice Action support the decriminalisation of drug use in Australia. Australian drug laws are regressive, punitive and harbour a very strict approach as they are influenced by the ‘war on drugs’ mentality. Instead, legislative change must be implemented to enable the introduction of a Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) for those who wish to use it. This is to ensure the prevention of disease transmission within prisons, as well as to secure detainees’ rights to an equivalent healthcare system.

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Call for withdrawal of the Chief Psychiatrist’s Communique 2014

The campaign against the Chief Psychiatrist’s Communique 2014 was sent to Bronwyn Taylor MLC – NSW Minister for Mental Health, Dr. Murray Wright – Chief Psychiatrist NSW Health and Judge Paul Lakatos SC – President, Mental Health Review Tribunal. We are still awaiting a response from Dr. Murray Wright and Bronwyn Taylor MLC. As you

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