Just For Fun taken from FB page: Shit Aussies Say

Aussie Citizenship Test:  Pinky’s Answers

1. Do you understand the meaning, but are unable to explain the origin of, the term ‘died in the arse’

One of my personal favourite sayings. Has loads of meanings but it usually means something stopped working.

Example: “My mobile phone died in the arse today”

2. What is a “bloody little beauty”?

Something is really, really good.

Example:

Friend: “Your horse came first in the Melbourne Cup!”

You: “You bloody little beauty”


3. Are these terms related: chuck a sickie; chuck a spaz; chuck a U-ey?

None of these terms are related.

To chuck a sickie: means to call into work sick, even though you are not sick.

To chuck a spaz: means to lose your temper

To chuck a U-ey: To perform a u-turn . 

4. Explain the following passage: ‘In the arvo last Chrissy the relos rocked up for a barbie, some bevvies and a few snags. After a bit of a Bex and a lie down we opened the pressies, scoffed all the chockies, bickies and lollies. Then we drained a few tinnies and Mum did her block after Dad and Steve had a barney and a bit of biffo.’

On the afternoon of last christmas, relatives came over to our house to take part in a BBQ and a few classes of wine and/or beer. After taking an antacid and a short nap, we commenced the opening of christmas presents. We ate all the chocolate, biscuits, and lollies (candy) that were available. We then indulged in a few more can’s of beer and mum lost her temper after Father and Steven had an argument and engaged in physical violence.

5. Macca, Chooka and Wanger are driving to Surfers in their Torana. If they are travelling at 100 km/h while listening to Barnsey, Farnsey and Acca Dacca, how many slabs will each person on average consume between flashing a brown eye and having a slash?

One half of a slab per person is required. 


6. Complete the following sentences:
a) ‘If the van’s rockin’ don’t bother ? Knocking.
b) You’re going home in the back of a ? Divvy Van
c) Fair crack of the ? whip

7. I’ve had a gutful and I can’t be fagged. Discuss 

I have had enough and I cannot be bothered any further with this activity

8. Have you ever been on the giving or receiving end of a wedgie? 

I have experience both.

9. Do you have a friend or relative who has a car in their front yard ‘up on blocks’? Is his name Bruce and does he have a wife called Cheryl?

no, no, no,  and no. 

10. Does your family regularly eat a dish involving mincemeat, cabbage, curry powder and a packet of chicken noodle soup called either chow mein, chop suey or kai see ming?
No, when I was a kid back in the 1980’s yes. But now…no. 
11. What are the ingredients in a rissole?
Mince meat, onion, garlic, tomato sauce and an egg


12. Demonstrate the correct procedure for eating a Tim Tam.
Bite a corner off the  of the Tim Tam. (See very large picture below). For a Tim Tam Slam, you then use the Tim Tam like a straw and suck your coffee through the two bitten area’s and die of awesome feelings of deliciousness.

If you are not engaging in the Slamming of the Tim Tam, you can eat your Tim Tam as you please. It’s a personal thing.

Tim Tam Slam...Like a Boss
13. Do you have an Aunty Irene who smokes 30 cigarettes a day and sounds like a bloke?

Does a step-mother count?


14. In any two-hour period have you ever eaten three-bean salad, a chop and two serves of pav washed down with someone else’s beer that has been flogged from a bath full of ice?

Back in my youth yes. Minus the 3 bean bloody salad and the flogged beer replaced with flogged wine and not from a bath.  I have pinched a few “girly drinks” from the odd bath or two. 

15. When you go to a bring- your-own-meat barbie can you eat other people’s meat or are you only allowed to eat your own?

It’s a chuck in and share kind of situation. 

16. What purple root vegetable beginning with the letter ‘b’ is required by law to be included in a hamburger with the lot?

 Beetroot. Or as my mother says: “Nothing beets a root”


17. Do you own or have you ever owned a lawn mower, a pair of thongs, an Esky or Ugg boots?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes.


18. Is it possible to ‘prang a car’ while doing ‘circle work’?

Oh yes it is, especially if you’re an idiot. 

19. Who would you like to crack on to?

If you know me, you know the answer. 

20. Who is the most Australian: Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson, John ‘True Blue’ Williamson, Kylie Minogue or Warnie?

They are all sadly very Ostrayan 

21. Is there someone you are only mates with because they own a trailer or have a pool?

I’m not 12. 

22. What does “sinkin piss at a mates joint” and “getten para” mean?

Drinking at a friends house and getting incredibly drunk.

23. How far would you wear your mocko’s?
Inside only?
Back yard only?
To the letter box?
AT A STRETCH 
To the milk bar for a packed of winni blues?
To the movies?
To the shops (large shopping centre)
To the pub? 

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One more reason to Destroy The Joint


Princess Masako (wife of the crown prince of Japan) was once a leading Japanese diplomat is now reduced to the shadow of her former self. The Princess is multi-lingual,  educated at both Harvard and Oxford Universities, and before her marriage to the Prince, on the fast track to an exciting career.

HIH Princess Masako

HIH Princess Masako

As a child she was head-strong and willing to argue against perceived injustices. She would stand up for herself. At school she excelled at sport as well as academia and adored animals. She graduated from Harvard with magna cum laude (Honor’s) in Economics. She went to the Tokyo University law school and studied for the Diplomat Services Examination (DSE). Now, let me give you some background. The DSE takes the average person two years to prepare for. Even after two years of intense study most people fail. For the Princess, it took 12 months and she passed on her first attempt. In 1987, she was accepted into the Japanse Diplomatic Service (JDS) and went to work in the Foreign Ministry. It was in her diplomatic role that she met the crown prince whom (apparently) became enamoured with her. The Princess originally rejected the Prince’s advances as she enjoyed her independence and work. It has been speculated that she knew if she married into the conservative royal house, the first thing to go, would be her independence. She relented after the Princes’ third proposal and on the 9th of June, 1993 she married the Prince.

Some parts of the Japanese media were disappointed that she accepted the Prince’s proposal as she was seen as a beacon of the new Japanese woman. Educated, liberated, and independent and the Princess, their poster child. Once the engagement was accepted by this section of the media, the pressure was on for the Princess to reform the Imperial Family. No pressure or anything. Just bring down over 2,000 years of social law. Of course, after the marriage, none of this hope or promise was fulfilled. The Princess walks three steps behind her husband and refers to him as “His Imperial Highness” in public. When I first read this, I blamed the Prince. Thankfully my first judgement was wrong. It seems that Prince believe’s that his wife’s abilities and career have been wasted. That the ever secretive Imperial Household Agency (IHA) is actually behind the restriction of his wife and to himself. The Princess gave birth to a healthy baby girl but this wasn’t the desired outcome for the IHA and the pressure to produce a male heir to the dynasty continued until the birth of her nephew. After the birth of her daughter, the Princess withdrew from public life. I would hazard a guess that she suffered Post Partum Depression (PPD) and the pressure to produce a male heir would have had a profound impact on her level of PPD.

I’m not really hear to postulate on the Princess’ diagnosis. I’m here to talk about the tragic outcome for this woman and the sufferance of women everywhere. An incredibly brilliant and by all accounts articulate women, broken by law’s set 2,000 years ago. She had everything anyone would have wanted. An amazing career, an amazing education, and an opportunity to travel and change the course of her country in diplomatic relations. The “decision” to marry dramatically changed that. I think that is a universal truth for all women. When we decided to marry*, that your choices for your career are now filtered through your relationship. (I’m not sure that this filter is as strong in men as it is in women, and I would love to proven wrong). Once children are involved the filter is even stronger. On this point, I speak from personal experience. While I am raising my children, my “ideal” career, is on hold. I make this choice with lots of regret. I admit it. I can only speculate that the Princess must feel the same deep regret. Which of course is loaded with guilt, because a mother should make sacrifices for the greater good of their family…Shouldn’t they?

Social pressure, in my opinion is the worst kind of pressure. You can’t escape it. If you break with social norm’s, you go against everything and everyone, the isolation would be intolerable. Had the Princess continued to reject the Prince’ proposal’s what would have happened to her career? Think about that for a minute.

<thinking music>

As woman, she was screwed either way. If she didn’t accept the marriage, it was more than likely her career would have been over anyway and what about the disgrace on her family? What would happen to her and her family? Remember that in Japanese families, the family honour is of significant traditional importance. Traditionally for a woman to say “No” to a Prince could leave her family disgraced and poor for generations. In many ways this is true. These ideal’s aren’t going to disappear in just a few generations.  Even in 2012, this is true.

I’m a white educated western woman and I can relate to how she feels. This isn’t something that happen’s in Japan or the Middle East or the Sub-Continent. It happens in the so called liberated west. This is a socio-political attack on women. Even women themselves divide themselves into sub culture’s.

1. Full time mum

2. Working Mum (Part-time work)

3. Working Mum (Full-time work)

These thee sub-culture’s bitch about each other. So much for the solidarity of women. Full time Mum’s and Working Mum’s (F/Time) in particular. I wont give oxygen to what they say about it each other, because it’s bullshit. I sit in the, “I don’t care what you do, as long as it works for you”. Ladies, we need to be better than this. Bitching between ourselves isn’t productive. Unless you know, for absolute sure that your accusations are true, just shut up. You no right to judge why a woman has chosen to make the decisions she has. You just accept that she has and support her in that. We still live in a time where women are second best. The weaker sex. We need to support each other not degrade each other.

I was often criticised for working full time with two small children. It would make me so angry. I was a single mother. I didn’t “choose” to work full-time. I HAD to work full time. If I stayed home full time, we would remain poor. Living off the generosity of my parents and always one payment away from the lights being turned off. Again. I couldn’t live like that anymore. Both of my children had started school and I took the chance to get a job.

Not that I ever took time to explain to the idiots who said things like this:

“You should be at home, with your children, Pinky”

<insert polite smile>

“In an ideal world yes, but, sadly I live in this world.”

<keep smiling>

The truth of is, for the 4 years I was a full time mum, I was criticised for “sitting on the pension”. You see? I’ve sat on both sides of this great divide and both sides are wrong. Often for women, they don’t have a “real” choice.  Do they?  Don’t get me wrong, I like working. I enjoy it. The more stressful, the more I thrive. But as a mother, I hate that it takes me from my kids. I like being home too, but feel invisible socially. I have nothing but the kids to talk about. No work gossip. Just kids. This is no one’s fault.

My point is that it doesn’t matter where you go. In one form or another women are treated like second class. I just want it to be acknowledged.

As for the Princess, my heart goes out to her and I wish I could talk to her. Reach out to her, woman to woman. Princess to Peasant. She’s the kind of woman I look up too. She started a change in her country. The crown Prince believes that his wife should be allowed to work. The Princess began a revolution for her fellow Japanese women. So to all the commentator’s who are bitching about her not doing something or being mental or whatever, shut up. She started something powerful and before you know it, you’ll have an Empress on the Imperial Throne.

I’m a feminist because it’s 2012 and women haven’t progressed very far. Men manage to silence us or turn something positive like, feminism, and turn it into something “ugly”. They did it to Queen Elizabeth I. They did it to the Suffragette’s  They did it to the feminists  of the 1960’s and 1970’s. They continue to under mine us because feminism and  educated women are a threat. Educated women are a force they don’t want to face on an even playing field.

Think about it.

Yours

Pinky

Great women...Destroy The Joint

*by marriage I mean both defacto and formal.

References

http://www.biography.com/people/princess-masako-9542219

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-11/an-princess-masako-of-japan-mental-illness/4421724

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9734410/Japans-Crown-Princess-Masako-discusses-her-illness-on-49th-birthday.html

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,650761,00.html

http://anushayspoint.com/2010/03/08/the-case-of-japans-princess-masako-shows-us-the-value-still-placed-on-sons-over-daughters/

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

 

Ranty Pants ~ The Decade of Terror

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/2309188044/Liberal-Rule-Fortunes-Of-War?utm_source=Programs:Documentary:Latest

I’ve been watching a documentary series on SBS (see link above) about the Liberal Party focussing mainly on, what I have dubbed, The Decade Of Terror which was lead by the Liberal leader, Mr John Howard. Being reminded that Mr Howard wanted to make Australia into a mini America made me very angry, again. Don’t get me wrong, Dear Reader, I don’t have a problem with the American people. I detest their version capitalism. I believe that is a cruel regime. I don’t mind (generally speaking) the government regulating banking and corporations. I don’t have a problem with the government telling them that they cannot abuse the system (or the people) and think that they can get away with it. I don’t mind paying tax (honestly) and I certainly don’t mind paying the medicare levy. What I don’t want, is capitalism the way the American’s have it. I believe in a welfare state. I believe that all people, not just the white middle class, but all people have the right to access health care, education, a reasonable minimum wage, and the right to feel safe from persecution or harm on the basis of race, religion (or lack of religion), gender, or sexual orientation. I want to live in a country that really holds at it’s core these principles.

Mr Howard’s wilful blindness of how deeply entrenched racism in this country is, that he failed see the the Nazi swastika spray-painted on people’s homes. Refugee’s homes. But Australian’s aren’t racist. Pauline Hanson wasn’t (isn’t??) racist. No heaven forbid. You’re  words echo in my mind as an example of your own racial bias.

“We will decide who comes here and the manner in which they come!”

Nice. Now, I figure that these people don’t have access to the kind of “manner in which they come” you would approve of. You know, being persecuted and everything and I don’t know, running for their lives may have prohibited that experience. So,  unless we stop the war’s in their countries, we have no say in how they come here. We do, however, have a say in the way in which we treat them when they risk their lives  and arrive on our shores.

Insert: The Pacific Solution

Mr Howard, do you have any compassion and/or empathy? How could you believe Nauru is a solution to anything? To what?  Lack of Empathy and compassion is a real deficit in your character. This character flaw combine with power of The Prime Ministership (with control in both houses) was a dangerous combination and you proved yourself unworthy.

The fact that you still wont concede to any wrong doing, despite sending us to war, even when it was clear that the majority were against it, despite the crimes against humanity, and despite work choices and cuts to medicare (changes to bulk billing being a major shift. Thanks for that FYI). Unless you were white and middle class, you didn’t count.
Mr Howard, you were the representitive of the people of Australia. Not a representative of Mr Bush. You were not put into the Prime Ministership to create your ideal. I don’t know when you forgot the part where, we (the public) tell you what we want and then (within reason) you, kinda have to do that? For example, when you believe that we as a nation should go to war. I figure that’s really not up for you to decide on your own. You should have called a referendum.

Don’t EVEN get me started on that farce of a Republic Referendum. That was a dirty trick Mr Howard. Dirty and against the foundations of democracy. It’s just not cricket, Mr Howard.

Apart from the international humiliation we suffered during the Decade Of Terror for those of us born here enough, were doing it tough. Especially working, single parents. I was one of those. Thanks for punishing me for working when my youngest child started school. I was trying to do the right thing. I lost all the health care benefits of my pension card (bulk billing at the doctor’s and medication concessions). I couldn’t get my medication as I couldn’t always stretch the budget to pay full price for them. I was paying more in child care than I was in rent and I was paying a lot of my pay in rent.  How is that ethical? Who does it actually help? how is  even rational? Let alone something to be proud of? I have never voted for Liberal’s and you’re reason why. You won the Lib’s the election in the very first election I voted in. I voted against you. Even as a relative noob at “Polly Spotting”, I knew that things would would take a down turn for those on the “not so middle class as we look” population, I just could never have foreseen how much of down turn.

<clears throat>

Your speeches would make me so angry. Particularly when you said things like;

“I speak for the Australian people…”

I would yell,

“You don’t speak for me, Sir!” (I’m heaps posh when I’m angry)

Take a look at what you created in that decade. Mr Tony Abbott & co. They were junior ministers back then. No doubt kissing your arse in the Young Libs and bullying people on campus at St John’s, then further arse kissing as young ministers. We have all been witness to Mr Abbott’s brand of Liberal ethics. Possibly evolved from your own. You must be disappointed that Mr Abbott, isn’t as smart as you nor  does he have your political cunning. Are you proud of this man? Don’t answer that. You couldn’t even say sorry to people, whose lives we destroyed. I think I know the answer.

There I said it for you Mr Howard

So, My Dearest Reader, you can understand when someone says to me “I miss Howard as PM” my blood run’s cold. I’d be screwed…again. I have promised myself that one day I will get a t-shirt that says “I survived the Howard Years”. It’s good to have dreams.

Stay beautiful.

Yours

Pinky

PS: Remember.

Don't forget

Meme Therapy ~ Funnies from Funny-town

What's not to love..? Please let this happen...

What’s not to love..? Please let this happen…

Totally…

This is a serious disorder people!

I end up reading the book again…it’s a vicious cycle!

The awkward smile is what makes this situation awkward...

O_O

We are all hotties.

Nothing further

This happens to big kids as well.

I end up getting all shitty and go to send a text that conceptualises my anger only to feel like an idiot.

I had to have extra threapy

I was bored.

Automatic best friend status

😀

Even then it's too far outside for me

That counts right?

Bitch Slap

Write this one down people…

Lucy_as_mona_lisa

Nothing short of COOL!

normal_doesnt_look_like_fun

I like fun.

LMAO

HAHAHA GOT YA!

And you're so cute.

Please…

Private Callers be warned

If only I had the guts to do this…

LMAO

She’s watching you…

stalking

Interesting Wall is interesting

Been there…

terminal_stupiditiy

Sorry for the bad news

I still do this

You know it’s true

Dear Parents of the world

Sage Advice

Pretty much

I love grumpy cat.

This gives me a sad face

4/4 Like A Boss

Listen Up Gentlemen

Exactly.

Cereal has no time limit

Cereal is my best dish and luckily my favourite.

Best analogy

😀

So Q and A is over… Pinky’s Ramblings

Q and A is over for the year and so is parliament. The beginning of christmas parties and meme’s with cat’s in santa hats are appearing all over the webbly net. On reflection I feel this year has been a struggle. I’ve dubbed 2012 Agro Year (for my over sea’s readers agro is slang for aggressive, as you may know Australian’s don’t like to pronounce entire words. See Arj Barker on you tube for further explanation). Everyone has been a been having a “What about me year” particularly in politics. I knew that Mr Tony Abbott was a disgrace but never in my wildest dreams did I think he was that low. The only thing Mr Abbott has proven this parliamentary season is that he is a poor sport and a dirty player.

The Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard has redeemed herself (somewhat) in my eyes. I think what she has faced and still achieved as PM is nothing short of phenomenal  I was hoping for gay marriage rights to be passed for christmas, but something is better than nothing. Her speech in rebuttal to Mr Abbott’s motion re-kindled my long lost passion for women’s rights, so much so, I stopped calling myself a feminist (it’s such a dirty word) and referred to myself as a humanist. She re-lit that fire. I refer to myself as a feminist. I look at differently now of course. Back in my mid teen’s it was all Germaine Greer and co. I love them still, but now, I am not so impressionable. Now, I have learnt to think for myself. Which I believe was at the heart of the pioneer feminist teachings. To think for one’s self. To learn. The best thing about knowledge, is no one can take it away. Once you know something to be true (eg; The Theory of Gravity) no-one can make it untrue or make you un-learn it. Knowledge is true freedom because it leads to independent thought. I take this liberty to the extreme and cannot express to you enough, Dear Reader, how humbled I am to be a white, middle class Australian woman. Things aren’t perfect, but I can go to school, I can get a job, I can be PM is I try hard enough.

 

Ms Penny Wong has also redeemed herself in my eyes. I was shattered by her public statement that she would not support amendments to the Marriage Act to allow gay couples to be married. She was on the Pinky Shit List for a little while, but she won me back with her rationality (in all other area’s) and calm. That annoyed me too. 😉

The other big surprise for me is my sudden desire to see Mr Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the opposition even though that would probably spell and election defeat for the ALP. These feelings really bothered me. I am such a geek that the thought of actually being temped to vote Liberal kept me up at night. If he went independent, I would vote for him. Everyone keeps telling me he wants to PM-dome and while I know that’s true, there is a part of me that hopes he is bigger than the big seat, that he is an idealist and is in politics to actually do something for the people rather than arse kissing for the PM-ship. I know…I’m crazy. I have the paper work to prove it.

 

Then there is the behaviour of Mr Tony Abbott, Mr Joe Hockey, Mr Chris Pyne, Ms Julia Bishop and co. Early in the season, I was afraid of a Liberal landslide in the next election. Abbott was was amping up the witch-hunt on the sitting government and engaging all forms of muck-raking media that he could have at his disposal. One of his closest friends is the Editor-In-Chief of The Australian newspaper. So what a surprise that Abbott’s fear mongering rhetoric would be front page. When allegation’s of “The Wall Punching Incident” surfaced, Mr Abbott had political amnesia and claimed “I can’t remember what happened 20 years ago”. He wiggled and squirmed and he eventually bought out the family to somehow prove what a “good guy” he is. I laughed at Mrs Abbott’s statement and those of his daughters. What else would they say? A lot of commentator’s verbalised the same thoughts. Ms Bishop and Ms Sophie Mirabella backed up Mr Abbott’s claim’s even in the face of hard evidence of misogynistic and gender discrimination. I find it very hard to believe that these woman haven’t faced misogynistic and gender discriminatory behaviour. We all have. Maybe they don’t see it as that. Perception is everything after all.

The Alan Jones “Destroy The Joint ” comments and his repulsive comments about the PM  (see earlier posts) lead to a national backlash against Mr Jones. Mr Abbott’s lacklustre response to these comments seemed, to this observer anyway, to confirm his bias to the conservative media that Mr Jones represents. My question for Mr Abbott remains unanswered. What if it were your father that Mr Jones was referring too?

Then the St John’s scandal broke, where several St John’s students were expelled from the university college because a young girl ended up in hospital after drinking poison at an initiation party.  This behaviour didn’t seemed to surprise nor disgust Mr Abbott as he smirked through his comments on the situation.

Which pretty much brings us to the last day of parliament for the year. What did Mr Abbott and his side-kicks do? Use this time to ask the PM about a situation that occurred 18 years ago, which has already been through a judiciary enquiry in which the PM was cleared.  Instead of actually being of service to this country he muddied the waters yet again.

 

My hope for 2013 is that Mr Abbott will be knifed by his own party and Mr Turnbull returns to front seat. I hope to see parliament return to a place of honest debate and less about trash media muck raking. I hope that Question Time will be about taking Australia from a white man’s paradise to everyone’s utopia. Where all are welcome and cared for…I know, I’m a dreamer.

Most of all, My Dearest Reader, I hope you are safe, content, and living what you want to see.

 

Lots of it

Pinky

 

An Open Letter To Mr Butler ~ When will your madness end!? SUICIDE WARNING

This post contains discussions about suicide. If you or anyone you know are experience feelings of suicide

please call  Lifeline on 13 11 14

or follow the link for online services

http://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/Facts—Information/Lifeline-Services

 

This post is based on the following article:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/mental-health-minister-defends-teen-services/4382526

Dear Mr Butler,

Surely you have read the story about the WA girl who posted a video about the state of affairs of the WA mental health service before attempting suicide. Yes, I know that’s a state problem before you brush me aside. If you haven’t, follow the link above.

This is what I was talking about. This is what I and my fellow mental health advocates have been trying to draw your attention too. People are dying. The people that you are supposed to represent.  How many people have to actually die before you do something? Don’t make cuts to frontline mental health services (CAT & MAT Teams, CYMHS) and to psychologists who are not only on the frontline but also play a huge rule in recovery.

The young girl who posted the video deserves to be represented and I believe you are incapable of doing so. You have cut funding to the support services for this young girl by saying she only deserves 10 sessions with a psychologist once she is home. Please don’t try to tell me that she can see a psychiatrist because as I have argued before, they compliment each other. The psychiatrist manages the psycho-medical side , while the psychologist focuses on the other area’s such as CBT. This girl deserves a full compliment of treatments, not the insult you are offering her. I really do hope she pulls through and my thoughts are with her family and friends and my anger is pointed directly at you. She was a young girl, she deserved all the help we could give her. We should have done everything in our power to prevent this event from happening. But we didn’t and now she is in hospital. What words could comfort her family and friends right now? Sorry just doesn’t seem enough.

Mr Butler, I don’t know what it will take to make you see what is going on. I had hoped that a video of a young girl would be it.

 

Your Faithfully

Pinky

 

 

 

 

 

An open letter to Mr Mark Butler MP

**This post is dedicated to everyone living with mental illness who cannot access services due to the massive and deadly cuts to psychological services.**

>>Suicide Warning: This article mentions suicide, if you or anyone you know is suffering with suicidal ideation PLEASE contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or their online services https://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/Online-Services/crisis-chat. <<

Dear Mr Butler,

I am writing to you today on behalf of everyone living with a mental illness about the fragile state of mental health care in Australia. I am frightened at and for the numbers of people who cannot access mental health services due to the severe limitations placed on them by your policies. These people are sick. They need to see trained professionals in order to find ways to get their lives back on track and return to being productive and content members of our society.

Mr Butler, I am hesitant to again remind you of the epidemic levels of suicide across the Australian population. I feel that I must as you don’t seem to see the connection to a lack of services and the deaths of so many of our people. Lifeline estimates that 2,500 people successfully complete their suicide plan. 2,500 PEOPLE are dead Mr Butler and you want us to be thankful for 10 sessions per year? More people die from suicide than road accidents in Australia and yet you cut funding rather than adding to it. Lifeline further estimates that for every successful attempted at suicide there is approximately 30 unsuccessful attempts. That’s 180 attempts in Australia per day. This equates to a new attempt every 10 minutes. Knowing this Mr Butler, how can you cut services? Please don’t tell me that these people can seek psychiatric services because that is baseless argument there aren’t enough beds in Psychiatric hospitals let alone enough psychiatrists to service the population. Psychologists and Psychiatrists operate under different models of care which are complimentary to each other and choice should not be taken away from people because the government places a financial value on the lives of people living with mental illness.

The consequences of these cuts are far reaching. Think about this:

For every person who attempts suicide, whether they are successful or not, there are family and friends sitting on the side lines powerless to access services for their loved ones. Most people have no idea who to speak too, let alone what to do in such a frightening situation. You are failing these people as well.

Let’s pretend for arguments sake that for each attempt (n=180) there are 4 family members who are directly affected. That equates to approximately 7,500 people left to ask “Why” and no one to help them answer this very heartbreaking question. The grief of losing a loved one to suicide is considered one of the most severe forms grief that can lead to mental illnesses such a depression within the family survivor populations. I found this information on a government website. So again, I ask you Mr Butler, knowing these outcomes, how can you cut services to mental health? How can you sit there and ask us to be thankful for 10 sessions? We are not thankful. We are afraid.

Let me explain something to you about treating mental illness. There’s no penicillin for us. There’s no pill that can take it away. This wouldn’t be an issue if there were. Firstly, it takes about 4 sessions to take a clients history. For some it may take longer (for myself it can take 6 weeks just to get through my history as it is long and complicated both medically and psychologically) for others it may not. Neither you nor I have the right to say how long it should take. This should be left to the skills the practitioner  Also, a relationship needs to be established between practitioner and client, again this can be instant or it can take weeks or even months.  Neither you nor I have any right to tell people how long this should take.

So lets take a look at how short 10 sessions fall for people living with mental illness.

 

 

6 treatment sessions is all that is left for a practitioner and the their clients to work through what can be some very painful experiences. Mr Butler, would you ask a cancer patient to have 6 rounds of chemo, if it was scientifically indicated that they need 15? Would you ask a diabetic to have only 6 injections of insulin (or tablets) a year? Would you ask a survivor of a road accident to only have 6 visits with their rehab specialists? No you wouldn’t, because that would lead to deaths. So why is it okay to limit people living mental illness access to life saving services? Even when all the data suggests that a minimum of 26 sessions is required to reach significant changes in mild cases of depression.

When crisis hits for people all over Australia, do you know what happens? They go to the emergency departments of their local hospitals and  are turned away. They call CAT Teams and wait 4 days for the team to show up. This isn’t their fault. It’s yours. Children in need of behavioural interventions are turned away from services such as CAHMS as they don’t have the funding “to help everyone”. So people who struggle financially have no support for themselves and their children. I don’t blame them for that, I blame you. Before you dismiss me saying that CAHMS is state funded, I know that, but you could take the pressure off these services by do something to help rather than cut services.

If you can’t put millions of dollars into sucking up to other countries, you could put money into helping the people you are suppose to be serving, you know, the people of Australia. As I have pointed out in the many emails that I have sent you, people living with mental illness and their families vote. You can’t ignore us forever. We will be here, no matter if you win the election or not. And for those who can’t speak for themselves, I will speak for them. You can’t ignore me, I’m loud and persistant. Who knew that having OCD would pay off for me…

Yours hopefully

Pinky

That is all

 

##All opinions in the following blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of people and services mentioned in this article. ##

References:

http://www.lifeline.org.au/About-Lifeline/Media-Centre/Suicide-Statistics-in-Australia/Suicide-Statistics

http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/previous%20series/proceedings/1-27/~/media/publications/proceedings/13/baume.pdf

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The Mind and other confusions

Hi Dear Reader,

This post is pure rant. Pure repressed anger at the world. I don’t know if you’ve guessed or not but I am a woman. Of sorts. I’m uncomfortable with word when applied to me. Something to do with me fearing growing up <cough*bollocks>. As I woman when I read about 12 year old girls being shot for wanting to learn, I know shits gone wrong. When I heard that particular story, I thought “Is it’s 2012 or 1700’s?” We haven’t really changed much as species, we just pretend we have. Women are afforded some liberty but are still in the majority of victim’s of crime. Across all socio-economic statuses women are victim’s of crime. It’s 2012 and these statistic’s are pretty much the same across time.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/take-a-stand-for-the-girl-who-stood-up-nominate-malala-for-the-nobel-peace-prize#share

Here’s in Australia, women have it pretty good by comparison. In other countries however, young girls are sold into marriage. It’s 2012…

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