Thursday, February 24, 2005

Dana wrong message wrong fax number

Dana Vale calls it a tragedy that there is a lack of counseling after an abortion. She believes this is causing untreated depression. Therefore she is asking for an inquiry into abortions.

The more useful option, one which would address a greater tragedy, would be to ask for an inquiry into the paucity of Community Health Centres, their services and their staffing capability. Specifically the paucity of qualified Psychologists, Social Workers and other trained Counselors/Therapists.

If this was done we would find a myriad of underlying issues that contribute to depression and allocate millions of dollars for qualified Practitioners to treat widespread mental health issues.

Referral options in the form of a post-abortion information pack are made. They are also discussed with the post-abortion support person.
Just try and get a Community Health Centre appointment with any Counselor in under 8 weeks!
That is if they can recruit and retain qualified staff.


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4 Comments:

Blogger Gerry said...

Love the title of this post.

You're obviously aware that Dana has a history of wrong messages being sent to wrong fax numbers.

So why am I saying this. Oh, just to let you know that I know.

My ego made me do it... ;-)

11:23 pm  
Blogger suki said...

I've met Dana. In person she is a tragedy of diaphanous mauve and a study in ├╝ber-vague...

11:43 pm  
Blogger Gerry said...

So, makes you wonder how a person like that gets elected.

Seems all you gotta do is get preselection in the right seat.

12:20 am  
Blogger sjusju said...

indeed!

mental health services in australia are a bloody dog's breakfast. when i was caring for my mum after a suicidal episode I kept ringing the community response team for help and their general response was "she'll be right" - they were too stretched to visit.

if dana vale is serious about addressing depression, how about putting counselling & psychology services on medicare?

otherwise, it is just another excuse for undermining abortion access - a measure guaranteed to cause women physical and psychological trauma.

10:00 am  

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