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David Macpherson – WHAT WOULD A DECENT MENTAL HEALTH POLICY LOOK LIKE?

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Despite strong feedback from the public, political parties are still mostly shying clear from campaigning on mental health and suicide issues in the election campaign.

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Dave Macpherson: Mental Health staffing shortage PLUS culture deficit

By   /  July 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Mental health workforce shortage statistics published this week demonstrate a staffing deficit that will surprise no-one except Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. But what they don’t show is the major culture change needed within that workforce that will also be needed to make a real difference to the effectiveness of this country’s mental health system.

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Director of Mental Health states DHBs have provisions to allow mental health unit patients to smoke – not followed by Waikato DHB

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Director of Mental Health states DHBs have provisions to allow mental health unit patients to smoke – not followed by Waikato DHB

Dear Waikato DHB Board members – attached is a link to an article published today by Stuff in which the Director of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health, Dr John Crawshaw, made the following points in respect of smoking by inpatients at DHBs’ mental health units:

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Dave Macpherson – Mental Health failures: the Government’s ‘gift’ that just keeps giving

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I know I’ve said it before, but the issue of our failed mental health system IS very definitely becoming an election issue, despite the best intentions of Health Minister Coleman who, in an attempt to prove he’s pulled his head out of the sand or wherever else it was stuck, has put out more media releases announcing minor dollops of dough to mental health in the last 4 months than I’ve had hot breakfasts.

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Supreme Court gives big tick to dangerous DHB policy

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Supreme Court gives big tick to dangerous DHB policy

Supreme Court decision supporting Waitemata DHB ban on smoking areas in ‘secure’ mental health units called “stupid” by father of Waikato DHB patient whose death arose from the policy

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20,000 patients admitted to acute mental health care ‘hospital’ facilities in 3 years

By   /  June 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

These answers will not be found by Coleman and a bunch of time-serving, hui-hopping bureaucrats sitting on their chuffs in Wellington. The community must continue to pile pressure on them and their paymasters until the issues start getting seriously addressed.

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Dave Macpherson – Being part of the Health Establishment means never having to say sorry

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

A leading suicide prevention campaigner published a social media post on the weekend asking why the Southern District Health Board had yet to apologise to her family over the poor care for her son, who was a victim of suicide 4 years ago.

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Open Letter to ASH from Dave Macpherson

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

My son Nicky, 21, died as a direct result of being sent off the Waikato Hospital campus, unescorted, while a known suicide risk, to smoke; when there was (and is) a perfectly good safe outside courtyard area that he could have been in.

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Dave Macpherson – 13 Reasons Why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Dave Macpherson – 13 Reasons Why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review

Here are 13 reasons why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review…

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Dave Macpherson – Suicide Prevention Strategy shown to be a fraud

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The only problem was, the Government didn’t like even the idea of a target they could actually be held to. Accountability is a concept for others, not them, so they had that removed, and other offending words sanitised, so it read like a pile of “PC waffle”, according to Panel member Mike King, who promptly up and resigned in protest.

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GUEST BLOG: Mothers day anguish, “Failing mental health system killed my son”

By   /  May 14, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

Mother’s day has become a day of anguish for our family since our son Nicky Stevens died while in the legal care of the Waikato DHB. This last week has been particularly difficult as we have had to witness the death of another young person in similar circumstances to our son. Our Mental Health system is failing too many of our young people.

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Dave Macpherson’s open letter to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman

By   /  May 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Dear Minister – you will be aware of the recent death of a young Palmerston North woman who was given leave from that Hospital’s Mental Health Unit to ‘go outside for a smoke’, due to the policy of all DHB’s to ban smoking on their precincts, no matter what the circumstances.

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Statement re: P Nth Hospital secure smoking areas – management asked in 2015 to keep them open

By   /  May 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The family of Nicky Stevens believe deceased Palmerston North Hospital mental health unit patient Chelsea Brunton would almost certainly be alive today had the management of Palmerston North Hospital agreed to a 2015 request to keep the secure outdoor smoking courtyards already in place open. Palmerston North Hospital management was asked to keep them open, […]

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Dave Macpherson: Dodgy Doctor claims health has passed annual ‘check-up’

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

While I was walking 4 kms around Hamilton Lake on Saturday, in the company of 500 other citizens aiming to draw attention to the high and worsening rates of suicide in New Zealand, a press release from Health Minister ‘Dr’ Jonathan Coleman arrived in my in-box.

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The mental health system is broken – a full independent inquiry is way overdue

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The family of Nicky Stevens, the young man who died in 2015 while in the compulsory care of Waikato DHB’s mental health facility, has renewed its call for the Government to establish a full, independent inquiry into the state of the country’s mental health services. Nicky Stevens’ mother, Jane Stevens, said the Government had turned […]

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Dave Macpherson – OPPOSITION PARTIES SO FAR MISSING IN ACTION

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

With one or two notable exceptions, the three main opposition parties have to date missed multiple golden opportunities to raise an issue that a very large number of ordinary kiwis are highly concerned about. You only have to raise your concerns about the state of mental health services at any community meeting anywhere in New Zealand to see the nods of agreement right around the room.

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