Placement in psychiatric wards in Australia doesn't distinguish between a 60 year old woman with manic depression and a 20 year year old man with a drug or alcohol induced psychosis
Statistics sourced from:
Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault: A Safe Admission for Women. (2012)
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
To ensure their safety,
females should not be placed in mixed sex psychiatric wards with males
We are advocating for the reinstatement of female only psychiatric wards, Australia-wide and internationally in the public and private sectors
Our broader aims are:
To improve knowledge of female psychiatry and female mental illness issues in the community
For all people to treat females with mental illness issues with kindness, dignity, and respect
Establish female only services in Alcohol and Other Drugs residential rehabilitation – where the same issues arise
Impatient the documentary
IMPATIENT- The Documentary follows artist and activist Sue E. Armstrong’s efforts to make the mental health system safer for females (girls, young women, women, and older women) with mental illness issues.
The film was submitted to the 2023 Australian Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities, and will be used to convince policy makers to change the status quo and make psychiatric wards safer for females everywhere.
Screening Impatient the documentary
We are seeking to distribute our information far and wide, and hope you will assist by sharing our information to your external & internal networks.
Please explore our website and view our films. Short version (8 mins), full documentary (46 mins)
You may also arrange a screening, including as an agenda item at relevant meetings.
IMPATIENT Short Version - 8 minutes
IMPATIENT Full Film - 46 minutes
Submissions made to the Royal Commission into violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with disabilities are very important to our campaign. The outcomes of this royal commission could be key to future Government policies and budgets regarding the treatment of females (girls, young women, women, and older women) with mental illness issues.
The Final Report of the Royal Commission into violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with disabilities is now available.