NEW DRAFT WA MENTAL HEALTH BILL SET TO ERODE CHILDREN AND PARENTAL RIGHTS
The WA Mental Health Act is under review with a second draft now released called the Green Mental Health Bill 2012.
While the ability of children to consent to sterilisation without parental consent has been removed, severe brain damaging treatments remain. Please take action to ensure that children are protected and parental rights are upheld. Below are proposals of grave concern: 14 YEAR OLDS TO CONSENT TO PSYCHOSURGERY: Banned in NSW and the NT, psychosurgery irreversibly damages the brain by incision, burning or inserting electrodes. This second Draft Bill proposes that a 14 year old child, if considered by a psychiatrist to have the competency, can consent to psychosurgery.
Parental consent is not needed. Once the child has consented it goes before a Mental Health Tribunal (MHT) for approval. Parental consent is also not needed for the MHT to approve the psychosurgery. The WA Children’s Commissioner called for the banning of psychosurgery and electroshock in children under 18. The Government has ignored this.
Psychosurgery should be completely banned. [Pages: 13, 118,