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Manic Monday

Published August 11, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

I watched a 4Corner’s programme titled Hidden Voices last night, which looked at issues faced by people living with mental disorders in regional Australia in particular around service gaps.  The topic of mental health holds some personal and professional interest, and I found aspects of this programme at some levels misleading.

For example

  • In highlighting the Mackay Division of General practice as somehow the principal provider of quality mental health services in this region seemed questionable or even self-serving on the part of participants.
  • The Division is a an industry lobbyist for General Practitioner & service provider in its own right.
  • In a population of 140, 000, 70% of whom experience some form of mental disorder these stats seem inflated
  • Healthcare in Australia has a tradition of private & public provision, with extensive public funding of both equally.
  • This programme sort to further a false dichotomy around the difference in the  quality of services between public and private providers
  • When professionals often work in both sectors simultaneous for multiple organisations, does this mean their quality of service differs depending on who pays.

It was simply a polished example of squeaky wheel politics in advancing the political agenda of the Division of General Practice during an election year. The programme was heavy on criticism and light on solutions, in seeking it seems to make further demands on public funding of private sector health.

The solution

Mackay Regional Mental Health Network

Self described as a partnership of government, non-government and private mental health service providers, consumers and carers who work in collaboration to improve mental health outcomes for people living with mental illness and their carers across the Mackay region.

This may be the mechanism required to

  • Give political impetus to bring about a change process
  • Build strategic partnerships across whole of community and government
  • Identify and  articulate service gaps
  • develop strategies to address service gaps
  • Advocate for resources

What is stopping them, may be you need to look at who is sitting at the table

Gay rights law spells end for adoption in archdiocese

Published June 30, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Gay rights law spells end for adoption in archdiocese – Catholic Herald Online

The story is about the self imposed knock on affect for the Roman Catholic Church in light of recent Alphabet friendly law reform in the UK. This paragon of virtue has decide to close its adoption service over an identified values conflict.

“The charity has pulled out of adoption because it cannot reconcile Church teaching on marriage and the family with the demands of the Sexual Orientation Regulations, Labour’s new gay rights laws that compel all adoption agencies to assess same-sex couples as prospective parents.”

In Christ we serve except in situations where it does not conflict with the views of an institution that has wreaked abuse on the world since its early days in the name of their faith. I do not need to further document their litany of crimes against humanity because they are well known and recorded. It is time to show the hater’s and hypocrites the door with a proverbial “boot up the arse’


Rachael Chong: All Volunteers Are Not Created Equal

Published June 29, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Rachael Chong: All Volunteers Are Not Created Equal

The article speaks on volunteering, while for some it may be fulfiling to undertake certain roles and if they do out of personal choice. However, if an organisation does not use the knowledge and skills of its volunteers in an optimal way it is a waste of human resources. The question being do the organisations you volunteer for really effectively make use of you unique knowledge and skils? Does this mean when we do volunteer we only work in roles that we are qualified to do, obviously not. If you do volunteer, you may want to consider what you do and if you could better serve the organisation, its clients and the wider community more effectively..

However, if you don’t volunteer, how do you give back to yuor community.

Privilege and Ignorance Speak Volumes

Published June 19, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Womanist Musings

The link makes comment on the ignorance that fires the prejudice expressed by some through denial of discrimination. Admittedly, every member of ours and other marginalised communities has experienced the venom of haters through their lived experience. The poison of denial that people are discriminated at the beginning of the 21st centenary, however ignorance still fires up old hate, which until rallies against the advances made in the past 50 years. Since the times of MLK, Malcolm X, Flower Power, Women Liberation (second wave Feminism) & Stonewall, and many others who all stood up for equality. In all this sacrifice we the Other gained much, however our detractors still hold power and their minions still espouse their vile hate.

Among the thing we ask for is

•respect our human and civil rights, we do not expect you to agree with wholly us as we surely cannot agree wholly with you
• Mind what you safe and if you want to contribute think before you speak or act
•ask questions rather than pass judgements, nobody knows everything google or yahoo first
•we don’t discriminate and willingly encourage you to know us
•Educate don’t discriminate

Happy Queen’s Birthday

Published June 8, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

It is the official celebration of HRM EIIR birthday in Australia. However, the highlight is now the honours list a public recognition of those Australians who have made a significant contribution to our country.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List

I have complied The Pink List of people for services towards a better Australia

Dennis Altman – academic, commentator, social policy

Member of the Order of Australia

For service to education as an academic, social and political commentator, and to the community through raising awareness of human rights issues and as a contributor to the development of HIV/AIDS policy

Joseph (Joe) Hasham – actor, writer, producer

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to performing arts through The Actors Studio, Malaysia, and as an actor, writer, producer

Played the first gay character in an ongoing Australian TV role in 1970s soap Number 96

John-Michael Howson – journalist, performer

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to the entertainment industry as a writer and performer

Played Clown on Adventure Island a 1970’s Children’s show strangely from memory he always carried a handbag

Vilma Ward – activist community worker

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to the community of Brisbane

“I was never going to be told what to do by anyone”.

Jonathon Welch – performer, coach, community worker

Member of the Order of Australia

For service to the arts as an operatic performer and vocal coach, and to the community as the founder and musical director of the Choir of Hard Knocks

“when people love their work and are passionate about it “it never really feels like work”.

Honorary Pinkie

Dr Peter Bastable – emergency medicine

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to the development and delivery of emergency medicine in the Mackay region.

Bil Browning: Indiana removes gay white men from HIV/AIDS funding priorities

Published June 2, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Bil Browning: Indiana removes gay white men from HIV/AIDS funding priorities

This example of public health funding has always been a concern of mine. While I realise AIDS is a concern for the whole community and in particular all men who have sex with other men and their partners/spouses. The upshot was the Gay community took ownership of it and pushed government for funding which is not a bad thing. However, as in this particular case public health priorities change and in these cases funding shifts with the focus. I do not believe it is an issue of discrimination even if it seems so towards any particular group it is s8imply the nature of social policy.

A quick blog or was that tweet

Published May 25, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Anyhow I am around for the last week or so I have been focusing on Twitter, therefore I have not blogged for awhile. I was heartened to see a list of rallies planned for the 1/08/09 around Australia demanding social equity go to for further information. Earlier I was going to write an entry on Christian opposition to Same sex marriage but lost the motivation.

This happens often with all good intention I loose focus and drift off on some meandering journey with very little to show for my efforts. I let the fluff get the better of me, as a suffering of anxiety/depression this habit of avoiding situations that may raise my anxiety levels seems to be a real pattern that affects my writing. Do I manage my disorder yes with support, that allows me to also challenge the inevitable self doubt at some level. It is an ongoing story I write in real life everyday through my lived experience.

Anyhow I am glad that there is such an active LGBTIQS culture/communities on the Net because thought their validation I gain some reassurance of myself worth. No I don’t feel that I need this, rather it supplements and reinforces my self worth. So another week ahead…


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