Not for Service: Experiences of injustice and despair in mental health care in Australia
PART EIGHT: APPENDICES
- 8.8 Snapshot of media reports regarding crisis in mental health care
- 8.9 State/Territory funding announcements
Table 8.8: Snapshot of media reports regarding crisis in mental health care
|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|
Table 8.9: State / Territory Funding Announcements 2004/05
|S/T||Amount||Date of Announcement||Details of Announcement|
Awarded to University of Canberra to operate a Centre for Health, Promotion and Wellbeing over 3 years
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.
Launch of animated indigenous character and mental health seminar
Launch of 'Mind your Mind kit' to promote positive youth mental health.
Extra $1.5 million per year for MH services reported.
$490,000 over three years to help those with a mental disorder access individual rehab programs.
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.
Govt announcement that offenders with acute mental illness will be managed within secure mental health units rather than prison.
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.
Govt announces that 5 separate rural health services would each receive $40,000 to improve consultation-liaison psychiatry services.
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.
Govt announces that new early psychosis service has opened at Barwon
Govt announces that a Young Persons' Psychiatric Disability and Rehabilitation support service in Wodonga would be strengthened.
Govt announces that a new ministerial advisory committee would be established.
Govt announces frontline feedback to the Government could assist in how the Govt spend an additional $15 million on rural MH services
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 .
Govt announces opening of a new high dependency unit in Dandenong.
Govt announces 3 hospitals to share funding for new obstetric consultation liaison psychiatry service for new mothers.
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
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.