Systemic

Indefinite Detention Inquiry

We prepared a submission to the Senate Inquiry into indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia.  Our submission highlighted some recurring experiences of people we have worked with receiving long-term involuntary treatment under the Mental Health Act 2013. Receiving long-term and involuntary treatment at a facility such as the Millbrook Rise Centre constitutes indefinite detention for the purposes of the inquiry, as Treatment Order can continue to be extended every six to twelve months by the Mental ...

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Violence and Abuse in Institutional and Residential Settings Inquiry

The Australian Senate in currently undertaking an inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

Through our individual advocacy work, we have witnessed the terrible consequences that abuse and neglect can have on people with disability. We have also seen the way that responses to allegations of abuse and neglect can worsen the impacts of the abuse and neglect, and leave people feeling powerless, without the means to escape.

We continue to advocate for there ...

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Tasmanian Opioid Substitution Therapy

Since the inception of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs program, service users have expressed ongoing concern regarding the impact of the Tasmanian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program (TOPP). In 2013 we conducted a survey of Tasmanian service users and their experiences of the TOPPin Tasmania. In April 2014 we used the results of the survey, as well as information gathered from its advocacy work and the broader policy context, to develop a position paper on the meaningful involvement ...

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