Patients forced into shock treatment
Jack Houghton, February 7, 2013
DOCTORS last year forced 39 Gold Coast psychiatric patients to undergo electric shock treatment against their will.
Nine of the patients were emergency cases and the rest approved by the Mental Health Review Tribunal, according to a report tabled in Parliament.
The number of people being treated for mental illness surged, with more than 500 undergoing voluntary shock treatment.
Queensland Health mental health director, Professor Jagmohan Gilhotra, said the forced use of electroconvulsive therapy on patients was effective and necessary to save lives.
“It has been used as an effective treatment for some severe mental illnesses for many years,” he said.
Jogging it off for breast cancer research
Jack Houghton, May 13, 2012
THOUSANDS pulled on their joggers and pink shirts for the Mother’s Day Classic this morning to help raise money for breast cancer research.
The 15th annual Mother’s Day Classic fun run and walk was hosted in 53 locations across Australia, including the Gold Coast where it was held for the fourth time.
The Mother’s Day Classic overall was expected to easily reach the fundraising target of $4.2 million.