In January the NT News in Australia ran a story with the title “16 Territorians given shock therapy without their consent”
“FEWER than 10 per cent of patients who received electroconvulsive therapy, formerly known as electro shock therapy (ECT), gave informed consent in 2014-15, according to a mental health expert. The Mental Health Review Tribunal approved 16 Territorians to receive the controversial treatment without patient consent in 2014-15.”
If 16 represents 90 per cent of the total number of people who received ECT in the Northern Territory 2014-15, then it means that just two people, out of a total of 18, consented to have the treatment in a year.
The Northern Territory has a population of under 250,000 people, so this does not represent a particulary low use of ECT. It is fairly similar, for example, to its use in Northern Ireland and Scotland. What is unusual is that nearly…
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