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Disability Rights: Not for Service: Copyright

Not for Service Home


© Mental Health Council of Australia 2005

  • Summary: ISBN 0-9580363-5-7
  • Full Report: ISBN 0-9580363-7-3
  • Web: ISBN: 0-9580363-9-X
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This report was prepared by the Mental Health Council of Australia and the Brain and Mind Research Institute in association with Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, with the generous support of unrestricted grants from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging and members of the Pharmaceutical Collaboration: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly Australia, GlaxoSmithKline, Medicines Australia, Pfizer Australia and Wyeth. None of the grant providers played any role in the research, analysis, findings or editorial decisions involved in the preparation of this report.

Special thanks to Cristina Ricci and the staff of HREOC Public Affairs for their expertise and patience in producing this report.

Note: All written submissions are directly quoted in this report.

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Cover quotes:

"Recently when I phoned the triage service for help I was told that I had been categorised by the Mental Health Team as 'Not for Service'." (Consumer, Victoria , Morwell Forum #17)

"I think for those who are severely ill and are isolated in the community due to their illness they often have no form of support even from family or friends. For people like that they are in the community living like ghosts – they are dying alone." (Consumer, Male, Victoria , Footscray Forum #11).

Suggested reference:

Not For Service: Experiences of Injustice and Despair in Mental Health Care in Australia , Mental Health Council of Australia , Canberra , 2005.


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© Mental Health Council of Australia 2005. Last updated: 29 August 2005.
ISBN: 0-9580363-9-X