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ACT Mental Health crisis (Again)

By Thumper - 11 January 2006 12

Now I’d hate to harp on this but it is obvious that mental and psychiatric help have a major shortcoming in our health system.

We have seen over the years the health system erode. Of this there is no doubt. We are, however, continually told by the ruling party that our standards are equal or better than the other States.

Well, this may sound good, but the other State health systems are a debacle which means ours is either a debacle, or just slightly better.

Given that, GPs have come out and, not surprisingly, complained. And in reply we have the ACT Department of health who appear to agree with the GPs. [According to a story on ABC Online

And yet we have heard nothing from the government as yet.

The system is woeful and getting worse. It’s time for this government to stand up and show that it is fit to lead by fixing the system, not laying blame on previous governments, the federal government, or using the old excuse that I wrote in the second paragraph above.

Mental health services in this territory are woeful and it would appear there is a trend towards more people having problems in this area. It needs fixing now and not later when it is all too late and the system totally and utterly breaks down.

What’s Your opinion?


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ACT Mental Health crisis (Again)
LSWCHP 9:19 pm 13 Feb 11

beejay76 said :

Goodness me! That’s a lot of shouting! I presume you also support the position that smokers, inactive people, people with a poor diet and the obese should also be refused public health services?

These ideas are interesting and worth pursuing, particularly regarding the smokers.

beejay76 7:27 pm 13 Feb 11

JustThinking said :

Many users may be self medicating undiagnosed BUT I am talking about REPEAT offenders.
Those crackheads and junkies in and out of court with repeat offences who are through MH (so diagnosed now) who just keep using the system, keep using and keep taking the care/help that could be going to people with NON SELF INDUCED illnesses.

Now MH treats all types of issues whether ‘users’ or not but they have to sign into a program. No more going to MH because you cannot afford a hit and need one.

There is a BIG difference between granny suffering dementia and Joe suffering self induced crack paranoia….

Goodness me! That’s a lot of shouting! I presume you also support the position that smokers, inactive people, people with a poor diet and the obese should also be refused public health services?

JustThinking 2:12 pm 13 Feb 11

housebound said :

All well and good, until you realise that many users are just self-medicating (sometimes undiagnosed) mental illnesses.

One of the big flaws in the system was once that some mental health services would not treat anyone who used. It was really bad. Dunno if it has improved, but probably not much.

All well and good.
Many users may be self medicating undiagnosed BUT I am talking about REPEAT offenders.
Those crackheads and junkies in and out of court with repeat offences who are through MH (so diagnosed now) who just keep using the system, keep using and keep taking the care/help that could be going to people with NON SELF INDUCED illnesses.

Now MH treats all types of issues whether ‘users’ or not but they have to sign into a program. No more going to MH because you cannot afford a hit and need one.

There is a BIG difference between granny suffering dementia and Joe suffering self induced crack paranoia….

housebound 1:29 pm 13 Feb 11

JustThinking said :

The Mental Health system has to work out a plan where the REAL Mental Health Clients are NOT being forgotten and left out, while MH deals with the onslought of drug addicted/related mental health cases that just keep flooding the system.

What they should do is a comparison showing the public just how many MH Clients are MH sufferers and how many are repeat drug addict/related cases, so we as a public, can see where all the money keeps disappearing to while sufferers are falling through the cracks.

All well and good, until you realise that many users are just self-medicating (sometimes undiagnosed) mental illnesses.

One of the big flaws in the system was once that some mental health services would not treat anyone who used. It was really bad. Dunno if it has improved, but probably not much.

JustThinking 9:54 am 13 Feb 11

The Mental Health system has to work out a plan where the REAL Mental Health Clients are NOT being forgotten and left out, while MH deals with the onslought of drug addicted/related mental health cases that just keep flooding the system.

What they should do is a comparison showing the public just how many MH Clients are MH sufferers and how many are repeat drug addict/related cases, so we as a public, can see where all the money keeps disappearing to while sufferers are falling through the cracks.

Not 1:22 am 13 Feb 11

While I was in and out of the nut house for a period in time, about 22 people topped themselves.

steveu 5:20 pm 12 Jan 06

you have to agree that health funding has taken a dive since the fed and state political difference have come into play.

Indi 9:44 am 12 Jan 06

I can’t quite agree with the point made that basically inferes that the fall in standards in the healthcare system is to do with a difference in political parties at the state and fed levels.

That argument doesn’t wash as the problem has been around for donkey’s years regardless of the political parties in power at either level.

Both levels of govt could simply decide upon a course of action and provide sufficient evidence to the community about where the definitive responsibilities exist and ensure that the state/fed bureaucracy is sufficiently resourced to deliver on outcomes.

If you take mental health a case example, before too long the community as a whole needs to take responsibility and accept it as a part of life and recognise the stigmas attached to dealing with mental health and demand from govt that standards of care and prevention are improved.

In my work I’ve seen too many incidences of people (who have complex mental health problems, or just simply need some counselling/direction to get through) fall through the cracks because they didn’t receive initial support and concern from famly/friends/work colleagues and then the follow-up care from the relevant, well-resourced agencies.

If we are to see a real improvement, its really up to the community to continue to demand it from govt – then again political motivation is really driven by voter patterns.

steveu 3:32 pm 11 Jan 06

I think whilst we have federal liberal govt and labour state govts then health is always going to take a second place. Mental Health, of course, if something no one wants to speak about, deal with or confront so they just hope that it will go away if they ignore it.

nyssa76 2:52 pm 11 Jan 06

It doesn’t surprise me.

Mental health in the ACT is considered a waste of time and money by those who have the power to push resources into it.

I’d like to know how many people were turned away from PSU and 2N (Medicare) in 2005. God knows 1 was too many.

ssanta 12:42 pm 11 Jan 06

No beer no TV, makes Homer go something something….

che 11:45 am 11 Jan 06

give it a day, the govt cronies will put a gag order on everyone and the news will forget about it all (again)

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