A Disability Rights Tribunal for the Asia Pacific Australian Federation of Disability Organizations & Tokyo Advocacy Law Office Melbourne, Australia 13 August 2010. Psychosocial Disability and the Asia Pacific David Webb World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP ).
Australian Federation of Disability Organizations & Tokyo Advocacy Law Office
13 August 2010
For instance, in Victoria:
NB – the WHO Mental Health Division says:
There are striking variations in rate of use across jurisdictions and this leads to criticism that their use is arbitrary and poorly linked to clinical need. Broadly speaking, rates are low in Canada, high in Australasia and mixed in the USA ... ‘Outpatient commitment’, in the USA, varies enormously from less than two per 100 000 in New York, to 22 in North Carolina ... to 26 in Nebraska, and even higher in Washington DC. In Australasia, rates vary from 55 per 100 000 for Victoria, 44 for New Zealand, 43 for Queensland, 37 for New South Wales, down to 10 in Western Australia.
Editorial in 'Psychological Medicine' (2009), Vol 39, pp 1583-1586
Although significant controversy surrounds electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and some people believe it should be abolished, it has been and continues to be used in many countries for certain mental disorders. If ECT is used, it should only be administered after obtaining informed consent.WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation (2005, page 64)
The full implementation of the CRPD will protect the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities
The western, medical model of “mental illness” is being aggressively promoted in the developing world
Dr Janet Wallcraft is a pioneering psychiatric survivor academic in the UK who has called for a public apology for the wrongs done to us in the name of psychiatric treatment.
A familiar scenario to us in Australia – the Stolen Generation
I suggest that the apology should be negotiated internationally – through our representatives at EC and UN level.
A Disability Rights Tribunal in the Asia Pacific could play an important role in the region to achieve what Janet and many other people with psychosocial disabilities all over the world are calling for – and have been for many years.
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