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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Back to Butterfly Nets

New specialist emergency mental health services may be a great approach. But I was disturbed by the tone of St. Vincent Hospital's Andrew Dent's vision (Age, 20/6) for two or three "really overwhelmingly" resourced "centres of excellence" with "security and sedation and all those things" to allow "very interesting" research on samurai-wielding patients "so people would want to work there". Sounds great for the staff - but how about focusing on effective and efficient treatment for people who need help?

While it's important that the media has direct access to key decision-makers in public organisations, I'm starting to see why they employ professional publicists and lobbyists!



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