Author: johnalchin

Everyday people need Better Access to mental health care

The real faces of Better Access funding cuts Mental health advocate and Better Access campaigner Alison Fairleigh has posted this YouTube video featuring the faces of fellow Better Access campaigners, in an effort to draw attention to the real face of the cuts to the ‘Better Access’ scheme. Take a look: The Alliance for Better Access Here’s how you can help: For more information on the campaign to fully restore access to psychological and allied health services. visit the Alliance for Better Access website at www.betteraccess.net. Join our Facebook Group. Sign our petition to stop the cuts to psychological services (Hosted by Change.org) Write to your Federal Member of Parliament and the Federal Senators for your...

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Allen Frances discusses the confusion & concern about the DSM V

World renown psychiatrist, and former Chair of the DSM-IV Task Force, Dr. Allen Frances talks with Marianne Sarola-Russo from The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio about the proposed changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) currently under revision. Program blurb: “Dr Allen Frances Chair of the DSM-IV Task Force returns to discuss the confusion and concerns over the soon to be released DSMV. How will the changes impact your child? What do the changes mean for your child’s accommodations? Why are so many additions and revisions causing so much controversy? The DSM is one of the most powerful...

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Time for Ian Hickie to put up and shut up

Updated: February 14. “…he’s being accused of blurring the distinction between science fiction and science, between informed fantasy and hard won proof – being driven by ambition and/or outside forces.” – Dr. Mickey Nardo. Dr. Mickey Nardo has added further commentary regarding the growing criticism of Professor Ian Hickie. His blog post at 1boringoldman.com here. My September 2011 post on the accusations of conflict of interest in the Australian mental health reform agenda against Professors Ian Hickie and Patrick McGorry can be found here. A response to the The Australian article by an Australian mental health consumer can be found...

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ARAFMI to host NSW Mental Health Commission consultations

ARAFMI NSW is a community organisation of families, carers and friends of people living with a mental illness. During February 2012, ARAFMI NSW are holding briefing sessions across Sydney on the new Mental Health Commission followed by consultations about how consumers and carers and other interested parties would like to be engaged by the Commission when it commences its work and to understand what they think should be its priorities. Sydney Area Consultation Dates and Venues: Macquarie Hospital, North Ryde (20 February, 11:30am-1:30pm) St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst (22 February, 1pm-3pm) Liverpool Library, Liverpool (24 February, 4pm-6pm) Blue Mountains –...

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