A Petition to Force Compliance with Section 68 (e) by the NSW Department of Mental Health

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Anachronistically, the NSW Department of Mental Health flatly refuses to comply with section 68(e) of the NSW Mental Health Act to provide "appropriate information" about, let alone alone actually provide, treatment alternatives in mental health.

The reasons for this are largely commercial and financial. Undisclosed financial commissions are being made for the illegal (Competition and Consumer Act 2010) monopolistic provision of unproven, non evidence based, useless placebo grade mental health chemical medications, that in many cases breach section 85, and due to convenience (in contravention of section 68 (d)) and resistance to modernize and investigate the many fine treatment alternatives, such as well attested digital medication, and up to 100 other treatment alternatives as collated in the last few years by STAAG, the Sydney Treatment Alternatives Advocacy Group.

We do not seek to change the law. We merely seek that the Department comply with the law as regards to a person's right to have a choice of treatment alternatives from which to choose which suit them best in line with the latter part of section 68 (e) : "People with a mental illness or mental disorder should be provided with appropriate information about treatment, treatment alternatives and the effects of treatment and be supported to pursue their own recovery,")

Generally the Department cites the sleeper section 195 as the reason it does not have to regard section 68 as law but section 195 itself transgresses the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 at the Federal level and so is not law.

Also of interest is that a current long running, 22 year, statistical study (1997-2019) has found

1) that 13 out of every 15 psychiatrists in the NSW Mental Health system cannot properly diagnose, or diagnose at all, in one or other senses of the word "cannot" and that

2) over 99% of Mental Health Review Tribunal Decisions (eg against known creditors) are predetermined, presumably also for commercial reasons.

We seek by this petition that the Department provide appropriate information on about 10 to 20 treatment alternatives as to be found in the six lists independently collated by Staag and abandon its dogmatic and cult like devotion to chemical medication, which does not and cannot address undesirable conditioning and responses, as can for example digital medication which, with repetition, reprograms the subconscious mind to respond in new ways.

For further reading and to see all Staag's independently collated lists of treatment alternatives recommendations (about 100) please go to https://www.meetup.com/Staaggroup/  and click on "About".  Please advise if you have a difficulty in accessing the six lists.

Here, for those who could not attend,  is the recording of our Staag meeting held at Ashfield Library on July 6th 2019.

Here is a recent recording by by Stan to all those who do wrong in mental health for you to listen to.

David, Chairperson, (02) 8214 8397, 0419 605 365, staag@tpg.com.au. You are welcome to enquire about the date for our next Sydney Saturday midday meeting.

Hi David, my name is Diana, I'm a friend of Viv Miles - we met at my place in Narrabeen when you came over for a demo of the subliminal CDs, and also at my 50th birthday party in 2014 at Lentil as Anything in Newtown:) Viv just shared your petition with me and I've passed it on to a number of people and shared it .. it's terrific, as and someone with experience in the mental health system myself I certainly appreciate the issues and purpose!! I've sent a Friend request as would be interested in sharing on other possibly related items you may post (as well as of course following and re-circulating the petition). I understand that you may prefer to limit Freinds to people you know more personally and in that case would of course be fine with that, but wanted to say Hi and to connect on FB just in case. Hope you're going well, I'm enjoying living in N/W Tassie with all the bushwalking, cycling and arts down here:) Thanks for creating the petition and have a great day, cheers Diana:)
 
28 May 2019, 00:31 
Hi Diana, Thank you for your supportive response! I certainly remember you and that day. We hope to build this petition to large numbers and keep it growing. Please continue to share it around.

Hi David, great to see the petition getting close to 500 - I've been chipping in each fortnight and sharing by email where I can, and will share again on FB in the near future - I'm wondering if you have come across the excellent article 'Psychotic Experience and Discourse', by narrative therapy founder Michael White (in his book Re-Authoring Lives, Dulwich Centre Publications,1995) and also 'Companions on a Journey - an Exploration of an Alternative Mental Health Project', also produced by the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide. If not and if you are interested, I'd be happy to post them over to you. They have some perspectives and treatment alternatives that are in every way respectful and empowering, so perhaps could be useful for STAAG .. Kind regards, Diana:)
 
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Thank you for your message and chipping in each fortnight.If everyone did that we would soon be over 1,000. Donations over 25 are given twice as much exposure so $26 is a good amount. Yes, you could send over the book to me. to me. i'd be glad to have a look at it. Please send to 8/1 Curtin Place Concord 2137.