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 women's 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
The same issues arise in Alcohol and Other Drugs residential rehabilitation – which should also have female only services
Our Broader aims:
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
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 current 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.
Submissions made to the Royal Commission into violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with disabilities are key to our campaign. The outcomes of this royal commission will be key to future Government policies and budgets regarding the treatment of females (girls, young women, women, and older women) with mental illness issues.
Submissions have closed and we are waiting for their Report.