Citizens Committee on Human Rights

The Mental Health Watchdog

Australian National Office

Back to the Dark Ages – Psychiatry’s Cutting and Inserting Electrodes into the Brain Legal in the New WA Mental Health Act for 16 Year Olds

Blue scales of justice.Illegal for mental illness in NSW and the NT, Western Australian psychiatrists want to be able to barbarically cut 16 year olds brains and perform deep brain stimulation (DBS). DBS involves inserting electrodes deep into the brain through which an electrical current is sent from a pacemaker device implanted in the chest. Psychosurgery is obsolete, dangerous and not been performed in WA since the 1970’s.

Deep Brain Stimulation can cause memory loss, stroke, irreversible brain damage, bleeding in the brain and post-operative death. Later on, if radiology personnel and physicians forget there are electrodes in the brain, and use any of three specific types of equipment to conduct a MRI (body scan), it can cause coma, permanent neurological impairment and death. The cost of the pacemaker device alone is around $16,000.

DBS is completely experimental and only being done as part of 3 trials in Victoria. US DBS psychiatrist, Steven Rasmussen admits: “This really is a kind of mind control….”

If the law is passed, psychiatrists will be given the right to determine if a 16 year has the capacity to consent to this brain damaging procedure. Once the 16 year old has consented it goes before the Mental Health Tribunal for approval. Parental consent is not needed. Parents can even be excluded from the Tribunal Hearing if any person including the treating psychiatrist says it is not in the child’s best interests for them to attend the hearing. The $30,000 fine in the 2011 draft of the Bill for performing psychosurgery outside the Act has been dropped.

Ms Wilkins Executive Director of the Australian National Office of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights says, “16 year olds can’t drink, drive or vote but psychiatrists will be able to decide if they have the capacity to consent to permanently damaging their brain. We do not live in the dark ages, children are not guinea pigs and all forms of psychosurgery including DBS need to be banned in Western Australia. A parent’s right to protect their child is being demolished.”

CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Dr Thomas Szasz to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

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