Our report ‘Mad in Australia’ uses the history of medical abuse documented in ‘Mad in America’, adapting it to create an Australian activist publication proposing solutions.
It reviews official reports of abuse in Australia and presents people currently forcibly medicated in the health and prisons systems. It analyzes international human rights agreements and Australian mental health law.
The report presents patient proposals for safe solutions dealing with the underlying personal and social problems. We launched it at a meeting of the National Mental Health Commission considering forensic mental health this past month. It caused protest by others in authority, who have been invited to respond to the living draft.
Brett Collins has represented detainees, and specifically the interests of prisoners and mental health patients, in Australia and internationally for over thirty years. He is coordinator for Justice Action and a spokesperson for the Prisoners’ Action Group, as well as founder and managing director of Breakout Media Communications.