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    Mark Thompson

    I am intrigued that a number of experienced mental health professionals and stakeholders have been questioned during the Senate Inquiry into Mental Health Funding and Administration and many more are due to present evidence this week yet Crikey only see fit to provide the McGorry preamble. This feels even more of a picture in a picture when we observe that McGorry presents himself as the natural born chief engineer guru who vilifies all scrutiny as immature ramblings of merchants of doubt whose questions about program empirical basis or equity are destructive. If Crikey were to have credibility as a source perhaps all views may receive blog space.

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    Jennifer Doggett

    Jennifer Doggett

    Mark – Croakey would be delighted to publish commentary on the Senate Inquiry or the mental health reforms more generally from any mental health experts or stakeholders who care to contribute. For the record, Pat McGorry is the only person who has thus far provided a post on this issue.

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    Thembi Soddell

    Jennifer: Do ‘consumers’ count as ‘stakeholders’ in this instance?

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    Jennifer Doggett

    Jennifer Doggett

    Thembi – yes, absolutely consumers count as stakeholders. We welcome any comments or views on the mental health reforms from consumers and/or consumer groups.

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    Mark Thompson

    I was hoping to re-visit this Jennifer. Better Access Alliance submitted a piece some time ago which has not been given the run suggested here. I would hope that blog publishers would maintain some independence integrity.

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    Ben Mullings

    Our group, the ‘Alliance for Better Access’, submitted a response to the article above written by McGorry, well over a month ago. We haven’t heard a peep back about it yet. A couple of hours ago there was a tweet from #croakeyblog saying that they are still going to publish it. I have to say that it has been dragged out so long that we have all moved on to focus on raising these issues of concern where we felt there would be a greater chance of being heard. I find it a great pity that Croakey is only broadcasting one side of this issue.

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    Ben Mullings

    Correction, now we are being told that they aren’t going to publish it. Instead we are left to comments on the tail-end of other articles, all of which so far have been pro-cuts ideology.

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