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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

Psychiatric care may up suicide risk

The more psychiatric care an adult receives, the more likely they are to commit suicide, new research shows, ... Read more

Why are our toddlers being prescribed antipsychoti

Children under the age of four are being prescribed antipsychotic drugs in a shocking development that a government ... Read more

Medications linked to teen suicide

Acne pills and antidepressants have been targeted as potential triggers for teen suicide, in the National Children’s Commission ... Read more

Ong Ming Tan jailed for abusing trust of psychiatr

A psychiatrist who abused the trust of four young women with eating disorders by touching them inappropriately and ... Read more

Mental health watchdogs fear power may be diluted

The state's volunteer watchdogs who investigate abuses of the mentally ill could have their powers weakened by the ... Read more

Napthine government calls for end to restraint and

The Napthine government has called on hospitals and other health services to eliminate the use of restraint and ... Read more

Why are mentally-ill children tied up and tormente

ABC 7.30 Report - 10 December 2013 Click here to see more: ... Read more

Call to ban hospitals using physical restraint on

A mental health commissioner is urging the Napthine government to ban the use  of physical restraint on young ... Read more

WA Government memo shows electro-shock therapy law

  Controversial laws that will allow teenagers to consent to electro-shock therapy and brain surgery will go ahead, a ... Read more

Mental health security fears

Twenty psychiatric patients a month were reported as absconding from mental health facilities in WA in the past ... Read more

MP wants safety review on drug

New Federal MP Alannah MacTiernan wants a review of Government funding for the drug Strattera because of concerns ... Read more


The Queensland Mental Health Act is Under Review & New Proposals will Allow for Children of Any Age to Consent to One Form of Psychosurgery Without Parental or a Tribunal’s Consent !

Electroshock, forced drugging, restraint & seclusion of children without the need for any parental consent is set to remain legal PLEASE TAKE ACTION BY 25 JULY 2014 Below is a summary of points of considerable concern that exist in the current law or are proposed in the recently released Discussion and Background Papers that need to be changed to protect children and parental rights: PSYCHOSURGERY OF CHILDREN: Psychosurgery is currently and correctly banned in NSW and the NT for all age groups. It will also ... 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

New WA Mental Health Bill currently before parliament will erode children and parental rights

14 year olds can agree to electroshock and 16 year olds to psychosurgery, both without parental consent! The WA Mental Health Act has been under review and the new Bill is before Parliament to decide if amendments are needed. The Bill has been debated and voted on clause by clause in the lower house and it is expected the Bill will be before the upper house for debating and voting after mid-May 2014. Please take action to ensure that children are protected and ... Read more

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Psychiatrists Want to Lift Ban on Dangerous Psychosurgery under Current NSW Mental Health Act Review

Electroshock May Remain Legal for Use in Children The NSW Mental Health Act 2007 is currently under review. An Expert Reference Group has reviewed all feedback, given advice to NSW Health who subsequently wrote a report based on the feedback and advice which was tabled in Parliament at the end of May 2013. This report is being used to draft amendments to the Mental Health Act. This summary highlights the key problems in both the current Mental Health Act and the suggested changes ... 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