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To: The Queensland Government
Don't lock wards - provide real mental health care
Dear Minister, please don't proceed with the plan to lock public mental health units in Queensland. Locking wards does not help vulnerable patients' recovery from their illnesses. It stigmatises them and does not address the real reasons that unwell patients might choose to leave a mental health facility. Please look at issues like the proper design of wards, therapeutic inpatient programs and activities, adequate staffing levels, fully functioning community care teams, residential options in the community, step-up and step-down facilities that are not hospital based, adequately resourced and proactive Acute Care Teams that provide interventions, support and care in the community to prevent the need for hospitalisation. Please address the over-reliance on sedation as a stop-gap for chronic systemic issues. There is decades of research to support the principles of Recovery and Least Restrictive Care. Please don't lock the wards!
Why is this important?
Vulnerable people in need of care will be subjected to overcrowding and further stigmatisation. Nurses will experience more violence and injuries. Rather than recovery and the treatment of illness, there will be a shift to custodial care which has been proven repeatedly to worsen the course of mental illness not improve it.
How it will be delivered
I plan to make an appointment to see my local member and ask him to deliver the petition to the Health Minister.