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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

Rise in abuse of disabled, elderly and mentally il

Hundreds of elderly, disabled and mentally ill Victorians are believed to have been physically and sexually assaulted and ... Read more


The New Queensland Mental Health Act Is Now Currently Before Parliament. It Allows For Children Of Any Age To Be Given Electroshock

Forced drugging, restraint & seclusion of children without the need for any parental consent remains legal. PLEASE TAKE ACTION BEFORE 5PM MONDAY 19 JANUARY 2015 Below is a summary of points of considerable concern that are in the new Draft Bill currently before Parliament that must be changed to protect children and parental rights: ELECTROSHOCK OF CHILDREN (ECT): ECT is the brutal application of hundreds of volts of electricity to the head, potentially causing brain damage, memory loss and sometimes heart attack, stroke and death. ... 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

US Expert Slams Patrick McGorry's Psychosis Model

Patrick McGorry's model of early diagnosis of psychosis, favoured by the federal government and the Coalition in their mental-health policies, has come under attack from a leading US psychiatrist, who warns that predicting psychosis is unreliable and could lead to patients being wrongly medicated. Allen Frances, who chaired the committee that produced the current diagnostic bible for psychiatry, the DSM-IV, has warned that Professor McGorry's Early Psychosis Intervention Centres do not have a reliable early diagnosis tool. Professor Frances, an emeritus professor at Duke ... Read more

Rising Rate of ADHD Drugs for Kids Like Ritalin

Children as young as two are increasingly being prescribed powerful stimulant drugs like Ritalin for "ADHD." 2,406 Australian children younger than six are on these drugs (1,007 of those in NSW). Australia's Draft ADHD Guidelines have been halted because of a US Congressional investigation into psychiatrist Joseph Biederman from Harvard University, who received $1.6 million in consulting fees from drug companies, but reportedly failed to disclose all of this income to the University. His studies were cited more than 50 times in the ... Read more


The Citizens Commission on Human Rights
(In Australia Citizens Committee on Human Rights Inc) does not give medical or legal advice. However, medical studies show that underlying, undiagnosed physical problems can manifest as unwanted behaviour or so-called "psychiatric" or behavioural symptoms. Parents need to know the alternatives to mind-altering damaging drugs.

Contact Us

In Australia CCHR is known as the
Citizens Committee on Human Rights.

PO Box 6402 North Sydney NSW 2059

Phone: 02 9964 9844

Who is CCHR

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (In Australia Citizens Committee on Human Rights Inc) is a non-profit, public benefit organization dedicated to investigating and exposing psychiatric violations of human rights. It also ensures that criminal acts within the psychiatric industry are reported to the proper authorities and acted upon. CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and the internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York, Syracuse. Read more