Asylums to Community Care Talk

Jennifer Cashmore Oration 2023

A free public oration presented by the History Trust of South Australia and the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

From Asylums to Community Care and Beyond – Human Rights and Mental Health: Lessons from History

Orator: Dr John Brayley MBBS, FRANZCP, Chief Psychiatrist, SA Health

The changes in mental health systems over three centuries have been vast. Changes have been informed by both science and social movements, here and abroad. 

In South Australia we have applied new developments in our changing mental health landscape and improvements have been substantial. However in spite of this, and the commitment of the sector, problems recur. We see this today in achieving access to care, upholding human rights, the preventable use of restrictive practices in some settings, the delivery of culturally safe care for Aboriginal people, homelessness, the risk of abuse and exploitation of people, the over representation of people experiencing mental illness in prisons, and implementing effective suicide prevention for the wider community.

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Date: Wednesday 6 September 2023
Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm (incorporating post-oration Q&A)
Address: South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Auditorium, North Terrace, Adelaide SA

Free Tickets

The Jennifer Cashmore Oration is a free event presented by The History Trust of South Australia and supported by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

About Dr John Brayley

Dr John Brayley is the Chief Psychiatrist in South Australia, a position he has held since 2018. He has academic status as Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Management at Flinders University. 

Having worked previously in roles in both mental health and general

health, Dr Brayley has been Director of Mental Health for South Australia, the Public Advocate for South Australia, and Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Canberra. He has had a particular interest in supported decision making – assisting people to make their own decisions – which is required by Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

As Chief Psychiatrist in the post-Oakden period in SA, he and his team have established a new inspection regime for mental health services, implemented a new standard to reduce – and eliminate where possible – the use of restrictive practices in mental health services. The team have undertaken policy and planning work to facilitate the provision of innovative models in crisis mental health care and undertaken the technical work behind the Suicide Prevention Act 2021, which has been a national first for South Australia.

About Jennifer Cashmore

Jennifer Cashmore AM is a former member of the South Australian House of Assembly, Minister of Health, and Minister of Tourism. As a parliamentarian, Ms Cashmore was the critical figure of her times in cementing the transformative principle of patient consent to medical treatment that has shaped our modern societal responses.