Friday, July 9, 2004


The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) and the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) will hold Community Forums in Sydney and Broken Hill to investigate claims that the system has turned its back on those in need of mental health care.

Forums in each State and Territory are being held as part of national research into the human rights of people with a mental illness. The results of this research will allow HREOC and the MHCA to review progress made since the "Burdekin Report" in 1993.

Sydney Monday 12 July 2004 9:30 am - 11:30 am NSW Department of Commerce Level 4, Conference Room 1, McKell Building 2-24 Rawson Place, Sydney (entrance & register at security desk on Level 3)

Broken Hill Thursday 15 July 2004 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Centre for the Community Function Room 200 Beryl Street, Sturt Park.

Written submissions are welcome and can be addressed to:

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 133 Castlereagh Street SYDNEY NSW 2000 Email: or

Mental Health Council of Australia PO Box 174, DEAKIN WEST ACT 2601 Email:

For more information please contact: Gabrielle Crowe, Communications Manager, MHCA on 02 6285 3100 or email

Auslan Interpreters & Hearing Loop facilities available at Sydney forum, Hearing Loop facilities available at Broken Hill forum.

Open to all members of the public, free of charge.

Invitation to two community consultations run by The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Mental Health Council of Australia to investigate claims the system has turned its back on those in need of mental health care.

Please Note that the first one is THIS MONDAY. We apologise for the late notice, but we were only just informed. Schizophrenia Fellowship.

"Anne Lanham"

By Anne Lanham posted 9 July 04


National Mental Health Conference
Dr Carmen Lawrence MHR, opened the Forum and spoke about her role and she spoke of concerns about children in detention and people coming to our shores for help to escape their persecution and they are put in detention in Australia. The Pacific solution in Nauru where some are held for 12 months and some for up to 2 or 3 years.

Schizophrenia: talking may help when drugs don't
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Presentation at the Ngo Mental Health Conference
I am James Condren from Justice Action I am a Community Mentor and caseworker. My role is to do prisoner support for those who are in Jail or at risk of going to Jail.

Ms CLOVER MOORE (Bligh) [4.43 p.m.]: Today I speak about the shocking situation for people with mental illness, and call for urgent government action. There have been calls for reform of mental health services as far back as the 1983 Richmond report, followed by the 1988 Barclay report and the 1993 Burdekin report.

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The psychiatric protection order for the "battered mental patient"
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Intolerable Conditions of Prisoners at Goulburn's HRMU
We wish to with respect, level a serious complaint against the Chief Executive Officer, Corrections Health Services, Dr Richard Matthews.

Judicial, mental health and police corruption
Ian Kay, who blew the whistle on judicial and police corruption here in Victoria has recently been improperly incarcerated in MAP Prison, Melbourne for doing nothing more than writing a letter of complaint to his local MP.