Australian Hospital Locks Up & Injects Wrong Man


An unidentified man who matched the description of an “eloped” patient was brought to Graylands Hospital in Perth, where he was injected with an antipsychotic that caused an adverse reaction requiring overnight hospitalization. The Western Australia Health Minister has apologized for the “dreadful mistake”.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. “The man fell ill after being given the drugs and needed hospital treatment.”

    I picked this exert up from on of the links in the articles. Anyway, if this had happened to someone with an “MI” label, it would have interpreted as needing more of the drugs.

    And if the person had complained about being ill, they would have been seen as wanting attention.

    Sorry for my extreme cynicism but I have heard and read too many horror stories to not believe this wouldn’t happen.

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    • Totally accurate, it is also assumed that it is perfectly acceptable for those labelled as mentally ill to be treated this way. Does not matter if they have such side effects, only matters if they have the wrong person. They continue to believe that these fictional diseases are worse than any side effects of medication, often even when the medication has killed them – they then say, well they are better off dead, than living with xyz condition!! Yet most of these symptoms are created by them!!

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        • I know someone who was complaining of headaches, they said it was part of her disease, for years, and just keep increasing the medication!! Finally a new doctor came on and ordered a brain scan. She was in the final stages of a brain tumor that if found early would have easily have been able to be removed. I don’t expect her to live more than a few weeks now.

          I also know of similar stories in relation to restraints. Never ceases to amaze me the length they need to go to restrain someone. Yet when the police do the same things to someone they have labelled they criticise the police and tell them they should not be using such force and should respect the “illness” that they have. If they, the supposed experts are not willing to talk to anyone, why should they expect anyone else to. Of course if they simply treated the person like a human being they would not require any such thing. But I guess to do that, one would have to consider that they actually are a human being.

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  2. It also shows that they do no assessment of people before they treat them. What symptoms was this innocent man showing. How was it that the person who was so in need of this treatment, could be mistaken for the average person??? If this is not an indiciation of just how stupid the system is I don’t know what is. I thought people were supposed to be hospitalised as a last resort, and only when they are acutely ill, and of course to only be on forced treatment orders as a total and utter last resort, but here they can mistake such an accutely and out of control person who needs to be both forcibly treated and locked up with the average person walking the street.

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