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Dave Macpherson – Why isn’t this country talking about suicide?

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

In the last week, high profile mainstream media personalities have raised the issue of suicide and mental illnesses that can lead to it, mainly on the back of the suicide of a friend of one particular personality, Jono Pryor.

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NICKY STEVENS – 2 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH WHILE IN THE ‘CARE’ OF WAIKATO DHB, WHAT HAS HAPPENED?

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Dave Macpherson is The Daily Blog’s mental health blogger. He ran for and won a seat on the Waikato DHB after losing his son to mental health incompetence.

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David Macpherson – Nicky Stevens’ care was of a “good standard” – Yeah, Right.

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

For this Blog, I am writing primarily about how the Waikato DHB has handled the death of my son, Nicky Stevens, while a patient under compulsory care in their mental health unit, some 2 years ago.

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Mental Health Professionals know best (Yeah, right!) – Dave Macpherson Mental Health Blogger

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

For the overwhelming proportion of people affected by mental illness, full family/whanau involvement in their care and treatment plans is an absolute necessity, but is rarely practiced by mental health services around this country, especially inpatient services, and is actively scorned by many service staff, especially the more highly paid ones!

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Guest Mental Health Blog: David Macpherson – Coleman’s Pork-Barrelling highlights mental health deficit

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

One of the more unusual sights in the post-Key scramble for top jobs was that of nonentity Health Minister Jonathan Coleman putting his hat in the ring, and following up with the promise of more cash for the mental health sector.

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GUEST BLOG: David Macpherson – Mental Health facilities – poor care, avoided responsibility & side-stepped accountability

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

David Macpherson is TDB’s mental health blogger. He became involved in mental health rights after the mental health system allowed his son to die. He is now a Waikato DHB Member-elect.

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Mental health with Dave McPherson: Some lessons we ought to be learning from the USA….

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Mental health bureaucrats and ‘professionals’ in NZ have collectively followed the same path, and even those seeing the problems the community sees every day are slow to voice concerns, timid in their approach, and usually supremely arrogant in thinking only they have the ability to make any changes.

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Institutional care – was the baby thrown out with the bathwater?

By   /  November 2, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Twenty years ago the Clark Government shepherded through the closure of the country’s grim old standalone mental health institutions – Tokanui, Lake Alice and Cherry Farm are names that come to mind.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – ‘Nero’ Coleman fiddling while people die

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Two weeks ago a seriously mentally ill Otorohanga man killed his mother and two others, and badly injured his father – only days after his mother had requested help from Waikato DHB’s mental health services for fear of the harm her son might cause others (the request was obviously unsuccessful).

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – Health Minister needs treatment for delusions

By   /  October 5, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

The truth is that mental health services, when they are available, are creaking at the seams even worse than the overall public health system. Staff numbers are insufficient and staff are poorly remunerated for the work they do, facilities are antiquated or were never adequate, community mental health services are underfunded and sparse or unavailable in many areas and support for vulnerable patients and their families is missing.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – Mental healthcare heading for privatisation

By   /  September 28, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Dave Macpherson is The Daily Blog’s mental health blogger after losing his son to mental health incompetence. He is also a candidate for the Waikato DHB.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – ‘Devolution’ of Mental Health services gathers pace

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

For ‘devolution’, the reader can insert ‘corporatisation’, or ‘’dismemberment’, or a host of other descriptions of the cuts to community and public health services that new right philosophies are delivering.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – There’s a fair bit of money to be made in mental health (or how the system is designed to defeat the ‘little people’)….

By   /  September 8, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

As the various lawyers and other legal types have jostled over the preliminaries ahead of the inquest into our son’s death while in the care of Waikato DHB 18 months ago, I’ve reflected on what a lucrative business mental health can be – for some.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – An MP discovers the mental health system is broken

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

During last week, Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis was reported in both mainstream and social media as having had a text and phone ‘encounter’ with a severely depressed man who had harmed himself and was contacting Davis to say “goodbye”.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – Public Scrutiny on Mental Health starting to get under Govt’s skin

By   /  August 16, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

In perhaps a direct attack on my family, the Report states that “DHB leaders are worried about interest groups who repeatedly call for inspections and enquiries and allegedly run ‘personalised social media campaigns targeting individual clinicians, service leaders and staff’, according to mental health issues reporter Jess McAllen.

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Nicky Stevens’ father to stand for DHB

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The father of Nicky Stevens, the young man who died in 2015 while in the care of Waikato DHB’s Henry Bennett Centre, is to stand for a seat on the Board of the DHB in the upcoming local body elections. Dave Macpherson, currently a Hamilton City Councillor, and a DHB Board member at its commencement […]

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