Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Frontline Funding Cuts Sicken User of Services

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Frontline Funding Cuts Sicken User of Services

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DUE to cuts in mental health, it took four months to see a West Moreton Health psychiatrist to review my medications and prescribe an extra 75mg of anti-depressant.

It might seem like a tiny amount, but the brain is an intricate organ and needs a specialist to work with or I will feel worthless and wonder if it's worth living.

I tried to see a psychiatrist in Ipswich - even said I would travel to Brisbane but I couldn't be seen until December.

As funding is withdrawn from a[approximately]front-line' services, our medical needs will be deferred and end up costing more such as hospital stays and welfare assistance.

The recent suicides of patients at the adolescent unit of the now abandoned Barrett Centre is a a[approximately]cause and worst effect' many of us warned the LNP would happen.

The next alarm for voters is supporting the Federal Government to introduce safety net policies that will flip and crash them to the ground.

If you haven't got your health, you can't work. Current health ideologies are punishing the victim.

The callous disregard for our health in both governments is part of why Australians must turn us around to a political party that follows evidence by health professionals and consumers.

The Conservative parties led by Abbott and Newman conned Queenslanders into voting for them.

JULIE MCNEILL

Fernvale

Doctor who cared

TO ALL the people in Australia, we the people have been told now: tighten the belt. …

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