Mental Health

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.

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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Stopping Forced Medication in Prison

Forensic Community Treatment Orders (FCTOs) authorise the forcible medication of individuals with mental illness within prison. These orders apply to prisoners who develop a mental illness while in prison and to forensic patients who are detained in a prison. FCTOs raise a number of ethical issues, namely the breach of one’s entitlement to equivalent treatment …

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Educational Opportunities for Patients

Download Flyer here: CJC Education for Patients Flyer 2021 See our full report here: CJC Educational Opportunities for Patients 2021 Access to education is now available for people in locked hospitals regardless of where they are, or their previous educational experience. University courses and programs are now accessible without the need for Internet or any …

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Mental Patient’s Education Win Thwarted

Media release: August 3, 2012 “Mental health patient Saeed Dezfouli who won a court challenge to study law whilst being held in the Forensic Hospital, has been refused the tools necessary to do the course. His lawyer has advised him to return to court to assert his right in practice. This situation provides an insight into how …

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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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Social Support Rights

Overview: Maintaining adequate connections with the outside world is an essential right for any patient isolated with limited human contact. Mental health patients are legally entitled to rehabilitative care and support, not punishment based treatment. Therefore to withhold visitation rights of a patient, which is an essential aspect of their social devolvement during the rehabilitative …

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