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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

21 February 2013

WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND ALLIED SERVICES GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED ALREADY, LNP LOOKS TO CONCENTRATE CUTS ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

NOTE TO QUEENSLAND HEALTH STAFF:  THE "BLOCK" ON ACCESS TO THIS BLOG HAS BEEN REMOVED BY THE GOVERNMENT.  NOTE HOWEVER THEY LIKELY MONITOR ALL EMAILS, SO YOU CONTINUED TIPS AND INFORMATION SHOULD BE SENT ONLY SENT VIA NON-GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS.


As details of the exact cuts to the Cairns Base Hospital and regional health care start to come into focus, it would seem that a key area of attack has been on the Integrated Mental Health, and allied services area.  This to a community that has been struggling with inadequate resources for community mental health care for decades, in a state that has shortchanged mental health care under the previous ALP government.

And this just following what Cueball MacKenzie has called "the most courageous statement from a Member of Parliament in any western democracy since Cleisthenes in 540 BC".  A statement that on inspection is fluff and the usual Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King journo-talk.  Delivered haltingly to an empty house chamber after 9 PM.  The King statement notes the enormous shortfall in community mental health treatment options in Cairns - homelessness, alcohol, drug, and toxic substance abuse, mental health and rehab facilities. This despite King being a junior-henchman in the Diane Forsythe "get-square" organised by Federal Minister of Blogs Warren Entsch.  This forced a long-running mental health facility closed and no replacement has ever been forthcoming. 

But instead of increased resourcing or even a stab at "reorganisation" as "UnSir" Bob Norman called it, the LNP has gone thru the Integrated Mental Health department with a meataxe with no rhyme or reason.


  • ATODS  - (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Services).  CLOSED
  • HASP - CLOSED (more info below)
  • QUEENSLAND POLICE - Mental Health Intervention Program - CLOSED
  • BREASTSCREEN QLD - four staff redundant
  • HHOT (Homeless Health Outreach Team) - CLOSED


We've also got reports that "team leaders" in other programs have been sacked - no attempt to "put them back on the front line", these higher-paid clinicians have been shown the door.  In one, the FIRRST team (Far North Queensland Intensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Support Team), staff can't understand how they're supposed to operate without management.  This team provides direct care to the ill after they're released from the hospital, and their intervention and monitoring is important not just for the patients but for community safety.

And of course with these cuts slashing broadly across community support services, the result will be continued overload of the Mental Health inpatient ward at Cairns Base Hospital despite the gracious addition of 2 additional beds by Anna Bligh.  This then requires patients to be held in ED beds, forcing more ambulances to ramp with their patients. 

And forget the needed adolescent inpatient facility that the community has been campaigning for - a campaign supported in public statements by Gavin King.  You can't run a hospital without people, and we're sacking the skilled ones.  Another failure for the Member of Cairns.


Finally, questions are being raised about the early departure of the Mental Health Service Director Kevin Freele.  Operational and performance issues have been obvious to management in the now-shuttered HASP program, which was outsourced to Victoria-based Pathways Rehabilitation and Support Services Ltd.  Questions are now being raised about financial ties between this contractor and Cairns Base management, with apparently a "heads-up" warning issued to some by insiders.

More soon . . .

We again however raise a basic question of conflict-of-interest.  Hospital Boards should NOT have any members who rely on private health care instead of the public system.



27 comments:

jim cavill said...

the LNP don't give shit about people, it's all the money and a black bottom line and worst excuse rep for Cairns is as I call him
"Givin King" is best of them cause that what best doing givin in

CCfromKewarra Beach said...

It seems there are some deeply unhappy campers in Qld with all these cutbacks. FB was aflurry yesterday with talk of petitioning the governor to sack the Qld Gov. Never before heard talk like this.
If the Gov keeps this up, I'm thinking that movement may gain momentum!

CCfromKewarra Beach said...

It seems there are some deeply unhappy campers in Qld with all these cutbacks. FB was aflurry yesterday with talk of petitioning the governor to sack the Qld Gov. Never before heard talk like this.
If the Gov keeps this up, I'm thinking that movement may gain momentum!

Anonymous said...

I think you will find it is HHOT that is closed, not ATODS. ATODS has had it's staff slashed though.

Anonymous said...

The blatant LNP propaganda on 4 CA continues unabated. Seeney was given an extensive, free ride, with the reprehensible Tenni big-noting himself, the demented Julia pissing in his pocket and the usual line up of LNP sympathisers. John called and got stuck into the deputy premier about job cuts and Mckenzie hang up on him. (Oh we seem to have lost John, yeah right). There were no other dissenters allowed on.Gavin was allowed to air some more anti ALP lies, but no opposing views were aired. And now we have Kevin Byrne back on....

Anonymous said...

Well Gavin gobsnot King has gone into overdrive "blaming" all the hospital cuts on the Federal Government. Funny thing though, we never heard piss and moan Tony Abbott roaring away about them. Nor did Warren Entsch say anything. It seems Gavin King has found a "culprit" only after community reaction has surged.
Oh, interesting to hear Byrne say on rugnuts show that the Manning Council should now get off its rear and start doing things.

Anonymous said...

It is of concern that many of McKenzie's regular callers now won't be able to access the medical care they so desperately need.

Anonymous said...



Gavin King is a lying disgusting twisted filthy little grub., There I said it. Talk about arrogance and hell bent on destruction because THEY HATE AND DESPISE PUBLIC SERVICE.

Anonymous said...

I hope the homeless and the mental health patients start turning up at Gavin Kings home.

Anna Namiss said...

Anon 12:44- I'm off to buy a new keyboard after I just spat coffee all over this one with your comment! Word.

Tony Hillier said...

The local right-wing pantomime that is the Dame Cueball show — the glove puppet King, Widows Twankey (aka Tenni) and Stench, the dark lord Crash & Byrne et al — would be entertaining were it not so pathetically predictable. The geriatric loonies that pass for its audience are even more tragic. This (too) long-running farce should be allowed to die a slow death, to a row of empty seats. Paradoxically, I fear HBW's critical commentary helps sustain it.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry about your keyboard Anna Namiss. I almost threw mine out of the window listening to the nasty nut bags that populate talkback (mind you, if you do talk back, they'll hang up on you). There is some scary right wing revival happening in this town and what is even more scary, judging by the crap that's they write on FaceBook, is that many of these neo fascists are quite young. Too young to remember Joe Bjelke Hitler and Russ Himmler. If you want to have an idea what it was like, listen to the daily deluded ranting of the former Minister for brown paper bag. According to Jeff Seedy it will take a generation to fix Labor's mistakes. I doubt the current government will last a generation, but that's how drunk with power and delusion they are.

jim-bob said...

Sheeeesh, sheeeeesh, sheeeeesh, we're gonna have mentally ill people who can't get any treatment wondering all over the place. Yes, people, please, send them straight down to Gavin Kings office, or Michael Trouts office.

Anonymous said...

I notice all these demented Ninbin type postings occur when the real people are at work.

Funny that ...

Never mind a few more useless public "haha servants" will join in this blog's vitriol for sure.

The Diane Forsythe "home for whatever" was always a sus deal.

Anonymous said...

real people work shifts, real people are self employed and can take a break whenever it suits them and what the fuck is NINBIN real person ?

Anonymous said...

I think the dickhead above meant NIMBIN, but is so poorly educated that he cannot spell. Presume, he is implying that only hippies post hear? What a shit fior brains redneck! Reality is that doctors, lawyers, academics, self-funded retirees, and people from all background post here. What a fuckwit! Must be a walking corpse Tenni clone! Ha ha!!

Anonymous said...

Ninbin! Didn't do spelling at school today. Why aren't you in bed?

sir cus said...

ITS ALL OUT THERE NOW NEWMAN SPRINGBORG RIPPING $3 BILLION OUT OF QLD. HEALTH 2012-13, GIVEIN KING CRAPPING ON ABOUT FED GOVT. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR SACKING OF 280 IN FAR NORTH.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone wondered why another organsiation with "Pathways" in their name has been awarded contracts? Do we remember "SAFE PATHWAYS" the group who have fucked up the bootcamp which still is not operating and is without facility? Is this a coincidence? I think we have all been had.

Anonymous said...

We were all had when too many thought the New man was a better option that Captain Bligh and too many shortsighted local voters thought we the city and region would win by electing...Give Me A Sling, I Want to Buy More Bling and Have a Fling and avoid the Sting, King

Too many shortsighted people in Cairns and Queenslanders bought us the New man and the Rat King and of course 'I will hide a little longer in my office until my spine grows, Manning'.

The question that should give greater concern to us is will short sighted people vote in the pope, TAbbott?

Anonymous said...

Hillbilly Watch Tshirt would be great,(without Mackenzies head on it though).Maybe even a cap, mug etc,:-).

Anonymous said...

Someone should put a sign up in Munro Martin park directing the Mental Health Paitents, Homeless drug addicts and people with sexual diseases to Gavin Kings home address for the free clinic he will be running.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_determinants_of_health

Anonymous said...

wanking is what we in the real world call a wishbone ankle because you dont have a backbone to support the people of cairns and there is no lower than an ankle

JETHRO said...

Look these health cuts are downright serious. We do have a drug problem here in the Far North. Where are those people going to go now with their needs? What about those people with psychiatric problems? Are they going to be just abandoned in the community? As for the homeless indigenous peoples, they often suffer with a plethroa of illnesses, not the least of which is tuberculosis. With the Homeless Outreach Team being abolished, will these people receive medical attention or willthey be left to spread their contagion throughout the community? Then the Sexual Health Team has been abolished. What about all the people who suffer from STDS? What will happen to them? Will we see STDs roar through our community, especially the young community, like a raging bushfire??

Anonymous said...

Peter Wellington, the Independent State Member has just tweeted that the Kawana Hospital is being privatised by the Newman Government. So, it is starting. The privatisation of our free hospital system.

Anonymous said...

That is the second hospital to be privatised. It's obvious the Newman Government are going to do it by stealth, one by one with as little media attention as possible.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous Anonymous said...
wanking is what we in the real world call a wishbone ankle because you dont have a backbone to support the people of cairns and there is no lower than an ankle"

Spoken like a true mental health worker!