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New Royal Adelaide Hospital mental health unit pro

By Tom Fedorowytsch ABC news 28 Jun 2015 Mental health patients might no longer be shackled in emergency departments ... Read more

Shock therapy figures spiking

May 17, 2015 Farrah Tomazin - The Sunday Age's state political editor. The use of shock therapy to treat mental ... Read more

What Really Goes on at Headspace

By Anonymous on May 12, 2015 But headspace has failed me, and I know it has failed others. At ... Read more

Fears of long-term effects of anti-psychotic drugs

EXCLUSIVE Carleen Frost From: The Daily Telegraph May 04, 2015 THE number of NSW preschoolers being prescribed antipsychotic drugs ... Read more

ACCC authorises Medicines Australia code subject t

  24 April 2015 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is requiring Medicines Australia to strengthen its public reporting as ... Read more

Headspace: 'McDonaldisation' of youth mental healt

April 26, 2015 Jill Stark, Chris Vedelago - The Sydney Morning Herald Leading mental health experts have called on the ... Read more

More kids on anti-psychotics

April 11, 2015 Cathy O'Leary, Medical Editor The West Australian The number of WA children on anti-psychotic medication has risen ... Read more

Risks of sleeping with Seroquel and other psychiat

11 Feb 2015 Jill Margo, Health Editor - Australian Financial Review A worrying trend has emerged in the treatment of ... Read more

Psychiatric nurse was a 'predator'

February 5, 2015 Amanda Banks from The West Australian A former patient of Joondalup hospital's mental health unit told a Perth ... Read more

Psychiatrist can’t practise in Australia until 201

February 04, 2015 Kay Dibben: The Courier-Mail An ex-Queensland hospital psychiatrist, who was struck off in New Zealand for having ... Read more

Increase in number of ADHD children prescribed dru

January 20, 2015 Tory Shepherd: The Advertiser A surge in the number of children aged six and under on ADHD medications ... Read more

Anti-psychotic medication overprescribed to Austra

New figures have revealed the scale of how many Australian children are being given strong anti-psychotic medications. The ABC ... Read more


Has Your Son Or A Boy You Know Taken Risperdal®?

CCHR asks for parents to come forward about sons who may be suffering a serious, antipsychotic drug side effect: growth of female breasts. Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Australia has launched a nationwide campaign reaching out to parents of boys that may be victims of the antipsychotic drug, Risperdal (risperidone) and suffering from gynaecomastia, a condition where boys grow female breasts.  Risperdal may increase the amount of a hormone (prolactin) in blood that can cause a disturbing growth of breasts, requiring a ... Read more

The Queensland Mental Health Act Is Under Review & New Proposals Will Allow For Children Of Any Age To Consent To Electroshock & Psychosurgery Without Parental Consent

Forced drugging, restraint & seclusion of children without the need for any parental consent is set to remain legal. Please urgently take action by 26 June 2015. Click here to download the summary. The Queensland Mental Health Act has been under review since mid-2013. The recent election has meant the process of the bill being passed through Parliament had to be re-started from scratch. The current Government has released a draft bill to the public for feedback. Below are areas of grave concern which need ... Read more

New NSW Mental Health Act Just Passed in Parliament Violates the UN Convention on Torture

The new NSW Mental Health Act was passed on 19th November 2014. While the ban on psychosurgery for all ages was retained, the new Act violates the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Electroshock of Children (ECT): The new Act retains the ability for psychiatry to perform electroshock on children of any age. Electroshock treatment (ECT) is hundreds of volts of electricity sent through the brain. ECT can cause brain damage, memory loss and even death. ... Read more

CCHR Lodges Submission on Child Suicide and Self Harm to Australian Children’s Commissioner

There have been over 1,100 adverse reactions reported to Australia's drug regulatory agency for suicide, suicidal thoughts and behaviour and self-harm. These include the suicides of a 9 year old while on an ADHD drug and 2 suicides for children aged between 10 & 19 linked to antidepressants. Antidepressants have both Australian and International Government warnings for the risk of suicidal behaviour. No antidepressant in Australia has been registered by the Federal Government for use in children under 18 for depression yet in ... Read more

Psychiatrist Lists DSM ten most potentially harmful changes

This is the saddest moment in my 45 year career of studying, practicing, and teaching psychiatry. The Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association has given its final approval to a deeply flawed DSM 5 containing many changes that seem clearly unsafe and scientifically unsound. My best advice to clinicians, to the press, and to the general public – be skeptical and don't follow DSM 5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication. Just ignore ... Read more

Use Of Antipsychotics At The Center Of Multi-Billion Dollar U.S. Lawsuits Are Soaring, Prompting Concerns Pharmaceutical Companies And Psychiatrists Are Unduly Influencing Treatment Manuals And Government Policy

Obtaining statistics on psychiatric drug usage, especially by age group is now (July 2012) a lengthy and costly affair—upwards of $4,000. The following is a breakdown of statistics that were not readily available to the general public, but which Citizens Commission on Human Rights obtained in 2011 from the Department of Health and Ageing. There is a shockingly low level of transparency regarding psychiatric drug use and conflicts of interests between the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatrists. Medicare has informed those seeking such ... Read more

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