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Not for Service: Experiences of injustice and despair in mental health care in Australia

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8.8 SNAPSHOT OF MEDIA REPORTS REGARDING CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE

Table 8.8: Snapshot of media reports regarding crisis in mental health care

DATE TITLE AUTHOR SOURCE
19 Aug 2003 Families, Counsellors Respond To Tale Of Hidden Tragedy Steven Waldon & Julie-Ann Davies The Age
2 Sept 2003 Mental Health Suicides Shock - Call For A Time-Out Facility Danielle Cronin The Canberra Times
12 Nov 2003 Psychiatric Procedures Questioned Roderick Campbell The Canberra Times
6 Dec 2003 System To Blame For Suicide - Coroner Roderick Campbell The Canberra Times
6 Dec 2003 Ex-Wife Blames Lack Of Support For Deaths Emma Chalmers The Courier Mail
26 Dec 2003 Mental Suicide Up - HOSPITALS IN CRISIS   The Daily Telegraph
30 Dec 2003 Fatal Error And Demand For Royal Commission - HOSPITALS IN CRISIS Katherine Janks The Daily Telegraph
31 Dec 2003 Hospital Failures Blamed For Suicides - HOSPITALS IN CRISIS Zoe Taylor The Daily Telegraph
25 Jan 2004 Flaw In Mental Health Service   The Canberra Times
28 Jan 2004 Jail Should Include Mental-Health Space: Advocate Catherine Naylor The Canberra Times
31 Jan 2004 Dilemma For Judges Who Deal With Mentally Ill   The Canberra Times
14 Feb 2004 Prison Politics Ian Gerard & Drew Warne-Smith The Australian
17 Feb 2004 Mental Health Patient Outcry: Courts 'Being Blackmailed' Monika Boogs The Canberra Times
19 Feb 2004 Worker Admits He Failed To Monitor At-Risk Patient Roderick Campbell The Canberra Times
19 Feb 2004 Suicide Warning For Mentally Ill Carol Nader The Age
20 Feb 2004 Patients Suffer As Mental Health Plans Fail - Essential Service Failure Gosia Kaszubska The Australian
20 Feb 2004 Hospitals Say Chief Psychiatrist 'Out Of Touch' Carol Nader The Age
21 Feb 2004 Let Those Who Know Speak: Call For Consumers, Carers To Be Involved In New Working Party Danielle Cronin The Canberra Times
21 Feb 2004 Coroner May Probe Patients' Suicides Catharine Munro The Age
27 Feb 2004 Mental Health: Call To Action   The Canberra Times
28 Feb 2004 Coroner Slates Care Of Mentally Ill Roderick Campbell The Canberra Times
28 Feb 2004 The Doctors Of Despair Sandra McLean The Courier Mail
12 Mar 2004 Mentally Ill Merit Much More Of A Fair Go From Us   The Canberra Times
17 Mar 2004 Critical Condition Graeme Bond The Age
23 Mar 2004 Officer Hid Her Dark, Sad Secret Nicolle Fenech The Daily Telegraph
25 Mar 2004 Inquiry Into Suicide Ordered Danielle Cronin The Canberra Times
27 Mar 2004 Suicides: Coroner's List Grows Roderick Campbell The Canberra Times
31 Mar 2004 We Can't Stop Suicides, But With Better Services We Could Save Some   The Canberra Times
12 Apr 2004 Suicide Risk Claim In Hospital Change Cathy O'Leary The West Australian
5 May 2004 Rally Brings Suicide Into Spotlight Pamela Magill The West Australian
14 May 2004 Psychiatric Unit Under Fire Carol Nader The Age
24 May 2004 High Rates Of Mental Illness In Jail Inmates Ian Munro The Age
27 May 2004 Probe On Suicide After Hospital Turns Away Man Danny Rose The Hobart Mercury
27 May 2004 Be Aware Of Young People's Distress Daniel Landon The Canberra Times
30 May 2004 Patient Acted On Death Threats After Release Alexandra Economou The Advertiser
4 Jul 2004 Jail Should Not Become Refuge Terry Sweetman The Sunday Mail
31 Jul 2004 No Follow-Up On Mentally Ill Criminals Leanne Craig The Advertiser
2 Aug 2004 Inquiry Plea After Mental Health Deaths Dawn Gibson The West Australian
3 Aug 2004 Tragic Toll Hits Our Young - Not-For-Profit Organisations - A Special Advertising Report   The Daily Telegraph
4 Aug 2004 Psychosis 'No Excuse' To Escape Prison Cell Leanne Craig The Advertiser
14 Aug 2004 Singh Now A Crusader For Women In Jail   The Canberra Times
21 Aug 2004 Judge Hits Treatment Of Insane Nick Clark The Hobart Mercury
25 Aug 2004 Jail System A 'Sump' For The Mentally Ill Rebecca DiGirolamo The Australian
26 Aug 2004 Teenagers Locked Away With Criminally Insane Dawn Gibson & Peta Rasdien The West Australian
26 Aug 2004 Govts 'All Talk, Not Much Action' On Mentally Ill Catherine Naylor The Canberra Times
26 Aug 2004 Drugs Linked To Mental Health Crisis Meaghan Shaw The Age
3 Sept 2004 Three Sons Lost To The Island Of Despair Tony Koch The Australian
10 Sept 2004 Spotlight On A Dark Road Steve Waldon The Age
30 Sept 2004 Dawes Bond 'Manifestly Inadequate' Lisa Miller The Daily Telegraph
28 Oct 2004 Police To Decide Mental Health Treatment Julie Robotham The Sydney Morning Herald
30 Oct 2004 When A Girl's Mum Is The Only One Listening Vanessa McCausland The Daily Telegraph
5 Nov 2004 Police Left To Prop Up Ailing Mental Health System Ruth Pollard The Sydney Morning Herald
6 Nov 2004 Agony Over System That Failed Nigel Michelle Paine The Hobart Mercury
10 Dec 2004 Save Our Children - Society Fails The Innocent Lillian Saleh The Daily Telegraph
12 Dec 2004 Holding Bays Doling Out 'Subhumane Care' Peter Ellingsen The Sunday Age
12 Dec 2004 Suicide A Risk After Hospital Liz Porter The Sunday Age
12 Dec 2004 Threat To Oneself No Guarantee Of Care Peter Ellingsen The Sunday Age
12 Dec 2004 The Shame Of Our 'Forgotten People' Peter Ellingsen The Sunday Age
19 Dec 2004 80% Of Homeless Have Mental Disorder Peter Ellingsen The Sunday Age
18 Jan 2005 Prison Boom Will Prove A Social Bust Eileen Baldry The Sydney Morning Herald
31 Jan 2005 Brogden Wants More For Mental Health   The Daily Telegraph
5-6 Feb 2005 She's Australian And Mentally Ill - Yet Immigration Locked Her Up Andra Jackson The Sydney Morning Herald
5-6 Feb 2005 Mentally Ill Aussie In Detention Centre Andrew McGarry The Weekend Australian
7 Feb 2005 My Sister Lost Her Mind, And Australia Lost Its Heart When It Imprisoned Her Chris Rau & John MacDonald The Sydney Morning Herald
8 Feb 2005 Queensland Hospitals Fail Patients Jeff Sommerfeld The Courier Mail
8 Feb 2005 Shameful Case Forces Change Stephanie Peatling & Mark Todd The Sydney Morning Herald
8 Feb 2005 Message Of Love For A Lost Child Lisa Davies The Daily Telegraph
8 Feb 2005 When Detention Begets Its Own Madness   The Age
8 Feb 2005 Shameful Case Forces Change Stephanie Peatling & Mark Todd The Sydney Morning Herald
8 Feb 2005 Funds For Mentally Ill Lowest In Nation Jeff Sommerfeld The Courier Mail
9 Feb 2005 Rau Is Only An Extreme Example - Our Prisons Are Full Of Mentally Ill People Allan Fels The Sydney Morning Herald
9 Feb 2005 Brogden Pledges Action On 'Mental Asylum' Jails Anne Davies The Sydney Morning Herald
12 Feb 2005 Out Of Mind Ruth Pollard The Sydney Morning Herald
12 Feb 2005 Loose Ends Thrown Up By   The Canberra Times
15 Feb 2005 Prison System Close To Crisis Fergus Shiel & Meaghan Shaw The Age
15 Feb 2005 Mentally Ill Trapped In Casualty Carol Nader The Age
18 Feb 2005 Battling Guilt And Society's Stigma Pat Sutton The Advertiser
18 Feb 2005 Mental Health Inquiry Tackles System In Crisis Aban Contractor & Mark Metherell The Sydney Morning Herald
19 Feb 2005 Suicidal Woman Who Drowned Son Not Guilty Geesche Jacobsen The Sydney Morning Herald
19 Feb 2005 Prescribing Passion For A Healthier System   The Canberra Times
20 Feb 2005 It's Time To Admit We've Created A Gulag Russell Skelton The Sunday Age
21 Feb 2005 Mental Health Care Called To Account Kate Legge The Australian
21 Feb 2005 NSW Govt Backs Senate Mental Health Inquiry Sharan Burrow Health Business Daily News
22 Feb 2005 Shock May Have Saved Man: Report Danielle Cronin The Canberra Times
25 Feb 2005 States 'Starving' Mental Health Sector Of Funds Dan Brown Health Business Daily News
2 Mar 2005 Training Needed, Says Report On Suicide Danielle Cronin The Canberra Times
5 Mar 2005 Treatment Of Mentally Ill As Bad As Ever: Expert Danielle Cronin The Canberra Times
5 Mar 2005 Agency Of Hate And Anguish Dawn Gibson The West Australian
5 Mar 2005 No Hospital Bed For Suicide Women Wendy Pryer The West Australian
5 Mar 2005 Suicide Woman Wanted Treatment Wendy Pryer The West Australian
16 Mar 2005 Crisis System 'Failed' Man Later Charged With Murder Carol Nader & Stephen Moynihan The Age
18 Mar 2005 Plea For Action On Prevention Plan As Tragic Toll Jumps Alarmingly: State Suicide Crisis Gavin Lower Hobart Mercury
24 Mar 2005 Country Set To Lose $1m Mental Funds Jessica Strutt The West Australian
29 Mar 2005 Shot Man Had Been Left Without Supervision Jeff Sommerfeld The Courier Mail
30 Mar 2005 Suicide Figures Justify Building 'Time-Out' Facility: Stefaniak Danielle Cronin The Canberra Times
31 Mar 2005 Jail Birds Ian Munro The Age
2 Apr 2005 Shedding Light On Despair's Dark Side   The Canberra Times
2 Apr 2005 When Blue Turns Black Ruth Pollard The Sydney Morning Herald
5 Apr 2005 Mentally Ill Warehoused In Jails, Says Parole Board Chief Jessica Strutt The West Australian
6 Apr 2005 Grown Men Should Have The Courage To Break Out Crying Rex Jory The Advertiser
9 Apr 2005 Suicide Rate High After Mental Unit Discharge Gerard Noonan The Sydney Morning Herald
13 Apr 2005 Black Kids Facing Mental Health Crisis Amanda Banks The Australian
18 April 2005 When jail becomes a psychiatric ward Stephen Gibbs The Sydney Morning Herald
19 Apr 2005 Call To Fix Mental Health Care Crisis Ruth Pollard The Sydney Morning Herald
19 Apr 2005 Alarm At Lack Of Treatment For Mental Illness Sufferers Ruth Pollard The Age
19 Apr 2005 System Fails Mentally Ill: Report Rosemary Desmon The Courier Mail
23 Apr 2005 Sick System Victim Wayne Crawford The Hobart Mercury
23 Apr 2005 Case Closes On Tragic Tale Of Gary Lee- Rogers   The Canberra Times
28 Apr 2005 Mental Health Patients Turned Away AAP The Sunday Telegraph
28 Apr 2005 Government 'Failing' The Mentally Ill Saffron Howden The Weekend Australian
5 May 2005 Govt Seeks Detainee Judgment Advice AAP The Herald Sun
10 May 2005 Mentally ill missing out on help, says AMA Danielle Cronin The Canberra Times

8.9 STATE / TERRITORY FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Table 8.9: State / Territory Funding Announcements 2004/05

S/T Amount Date of Announcement Details of Announcement
ACT $610,000 May 2005

Awarded to University of Canberra to operate a Centre for Health, Promotion and Wellbeing over 3 years

NSW - April 2005

Strategy to recruit 400 mental health nurses in NSW. 150 in 2005 building to a target of 400 in 2006

$13.8 million April 2005

Program to provide disability support to 460 people across the state with a mental illness.

Four new 20 bed sub-acute mental health units February 2005

Funded from the $241 million to enhance mental health services as announced in the April 2005 budget.

$68 million real increase February 2005

$783 million dedicated to mental health services in 2005 up from $715 million the previous year. All money seems to be allocated to beds and not community services.

$1.6 million August 2004

New acute 8 bed paediatric in-patient ward at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

NT Extra $1.5 million for MH services May 2005

Extra $1.5 million per year for MH services. This is a repeated commitment from the previous year. Funding breakdown includes $200,000 for improved 24 hr emergency response and $350,000 for four extra rural child and adolescent psychiatrist positions

$1.2 million May 2005

For community based residential facilities in Darwin and Alice Springs for 24 hour support for those with a mental illness.

  October 2004

Launch of animated indigenous character and mental health seminar

  October 2004

Launch of 'Mind your Mind kit' to promote positive youth mental health.

$1.5 June 2004

Extra $1.5 million per year for MH services reported.

$490,000 April 2004

$490,000 over three years to help those with a mental disorder access individual rehab programs.

QLD $63,000 October 2004

New money from Qld Health for Mental illness Fellowship of Nth Qld ' Family Participation Program

$6.9 Million July 2004

Funding for community organisations for new and expanded mental health services

SA $80 million March 2004

Mental health building program for 3 new 20 bed specialist community rehab facilities. To be completed by the end of 2007

$13 million recurrent funds and $56 million over five years August 2004

Announcement of audit on State's MH Act. $13 million in new funding and $56 million to support residential facilities in the community.

TAS $47 Million over 3 years November 2004

To be used for;

62 packages of care to support clients living in the community

new 12 bed cluster house

new 12 bed high support community facility

$3.78m to drive quality and safety reform

$4.52 upgrade of existing govt and non-govt facilities and services.

  April 2005

Govt announcement that offenders with acute mental illness will be managed within secure mental health units rather than prison.

  April 2005

Govt announcement that it has accepted all 26 recommendations from the Ward 1E report in mental health facilities conducted by the Health complaints commissioner.

VIC $180 million and some new money April 2005

Govt announces extra money for crisis assessment teams, rebuilding of Bunjil House and building a 50 bed facility at Maroondah hospital

$9.45 million March 2005

Govt announces that work on the new $9.45 million adult acute inpatient unit and specialist MHS at Austin hospital had begun.

$8 million December 2003

Govt announces that work on the new $8 million community MH facility at Traralgon would commence by the end of the year. Will take 12 months to construct and 80 staff based there will service a 14 bed community care unit.

$200,000 October 2004

Govt announces that 5 separate rural health services would each receive $40,000 to improve consultation-liaison psychiatry services.

$483,870 October 2004

Govt announces that new early psychosis services in Hume and Loddon Mallee will receive $483,870 for five additional clinical positions.

Govt announces nearly $200 million in additional recurrent funding for MH since 1999 and $650 million would be provided in 2004.

$447,000 September 2004

Govt announces that new early psychosis service has opened at Barwon

$75,000 August 2004

Govt announces that a Young Persons' Psychiatric Disability and Rehabilitation support service in Wodonga would be strengthened.

  August 2005

Govt announces that a new ministerial advisory committee would be established.

  July 2004

Govt announces frontline feedback to the Government could assist in how the Govt spend an additional $15 million on rural MH services

$500,000 June 2004

Govt announces opening of a new mental health service in Flemington. The service is an 8 bed community mental health facility.

$1.1 million March 2004

Govt announces opening of a new country 'mid way house' for those with mental illness located at Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley .

$500,000 March 2004

Govt announces opening of a new high dependency unit in Dandenong.

$200,000 March 2004

Govt announces 3 hospitals to share funding for new obstetric consultation liaison psychiatry service for new mothers.

$126,000 March 2004

Govt announces Seniors in Victoria with a serious mental illness will be able to access an $126,000 in social and recreational support.

$1.5 million January 2004

Govt announces new money for mental health beds in Sunshine, Burwood East and Melbourne .

WA $173 million October 2004

Govt announces establishment of a Mental Health Advisory Group to oversee the implementation of the Govt's $173 million mental health strategy.

$173 million October 2004

Govt announces $173 million mental health strategy. This includes

•  $65m - 113 new impatient beds and 425 new staff

•  420 extra community beds

•  $23.6m for specialist MH teams in emergency departments

•  $11m for MHS targeting school aged children

•  $8.7m to improve safety for MH staff

  November 2004

Govt announces allocation of $700,000 from the Govt's $173 million mental health strategy to the beyondblue to raise awareness of the issue of depression in WA.

© Mental Health Council of Australia 2005. Last updated 29 August 2005.
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