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    John Mendoza

    Well we now know the meaning of a “second term priority” when it comes to mental health. Not a lot of evidence as the writer points out last night. Seems that was an aberration last year and the circus has moved on ….

    Those of us involved in mental health reform well remember being told at the 2005 Senate MH Inquiry “that progress would be slow” by well paid consultants engaged by the DOHA for the last decade.

    “Glacial pace” is no longer an apt description for the pace of mental health initiatives. Consider these facts: 1) not one sod of soil has been turned on the early psychosis program allocated $25.5m in 2010 and a further $225m in 2011; 2) not a single package of care for people with severe and persistent mental illness has been provided from the initial announcement of $58.5m in 2010 and massively increased to a total of $550m in 2011; 3) no report card; 4) no roadmap; 5) no sign of expanded ATAPS and other mental health programs etc etc .

    At this pace the world’s glaciers will be long gone before we see mental health reform.

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    ‘not our turn’…. in rural Australia, and in regard to mental health – especially young people’s mental health…. It never seems to be ‘our turn’. The picking are slim on a ‘good’ year. Yet, the outlook for young people with emergent mental health problems in rural areas continues to be grim. Quite simply, it seems that young rural people are not prioritized, and as a result they are perpetually disadvantaged.

    I am out in the field collecting data about this problem at the moment – the real life stories of parents and young people are both heart breaking , and frequently their reports to me raise some basic human rights issues. I will bring the research to fruition – and tell their stories, but…. it seems that help is never on the way and when it is – it is fly in – fly out and too little too late.

    Hopefully next year will be a better budget for young rural peoples mental health – but, it is hard to remain hopeful, when the track record has been just that – a dusty dirt track seldom traveled by the budget bandwagon.

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    Get with the program John,1/ the early psychosis was stopped because the “people” us, worked out psychiatry and mental health don’t have a “crystal ball”, nor should they be poisoning little kids and baby’s because they’ve imagined their might be a mental illness in the future somewhere,sometime.2/ There “is” plenty of care for of people with severe and persistent mental illness, and all you’ve got to do to see that keeps happening is, take out of the equation those being severely and brutally treated to the point they are persistently handicapped and made languid on debilitating poisons being forced into their bodies, without any fair test to show that that is what they are doing to them. 3/ A Report card is being developed at the moment, but its not going to do anything if it doesn’t listen to the cries of its victims,that it asks to respond to and help put the report together with, and it hasn’t up until now, so i doubt there is any change in the gale force wind blowing the life and hope out of its victims in the near future anyway. 4/ The road map is a map that allows mental health to keep force drugging its victims, until that stops, its a road to despair for its victims, to its victims, remember them, the client/patient, by an oppressive aggressive arrogant poisoning organisation. Laced with caring well meaning lingo that aims to make itself look humane whilst it continues to poison and oppress, and not lift up the lives and outlook of its victims cognitively, with love and guidance. 5/ ATAPS- What and take away psychiatric dollars- no way were not going to let that happen, all those years we studied why we need to poison people, forget it. its just not happening.

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    jillian Horton

    The May budget not only did nothing further for mental health is has actually reduced the prospects that people in the community will get the help they need. The cuts to Better Access, which get worse in January 2013, means that people will be cut off from care after having only 10 hours of psychotherapy. Specialist psychologists are already seeing that people are either not getting the care they need. Some private specialist psychologists are closing or reducing their their private practices, which means there will be even less treatment otpions in the private sector – not a good outcome. We must all move away from the ridiculous concept that proper psychological care and treatment can be undertaken in 10 hours. Sometimes it takes this long to build trust and rapport, investigate the issues, form a diagnosis and just start interventions. Especially with children and adolescents where there are many layers to examine. There is no future for proper treatment of people with psychological disorders with these restrictions – ulness you just want drug management.

    Jillian Horton
    Clinical Psychologist
    President of the Australian College of Specialist Psychologists


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