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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 2002-2003

Jim Chipp

Capital Community Newspapers, Ltd.
Lower Huff, New Zealand

Topic: The difficulties and special skills needed to deliver mental health services to a multiethnic population

Published Work:

Improving Maori Mental Health
Maori make up more of the nation's mental health patients than their 15 percent of the population should. And they have some illnesses at two to three times the rate that their pakeha neighbours do, Massey University Professor of Maori research and development Mason Durie says.

Killer's Right to Privacy Fuels Public Fear of Mental Patients
The perpetrator of one of New Zealand's worst mass murders has been roaming unsecured hospital grounds alone. Director General of Health Karen Poutasi has confirmed that Raurimu mass murderer Stephen Anderson has been given unescorted leave in Porirua Hospital grounds since June 2002.

Trying to Tackle Mental Health
The pool staff is well trained to deal with most medical emergencies, but until now few knew how to deal with mental illness episodes.

Patients Aren't Prisoners
Board mental health service clinical director Peter McGeorge was reacting to a report into how a patient walked out of a Wellington Hospital ward and climbed into Wellington Zoo's tiger enclosure in February.

Museum Friends Seek Te Papa Lifeline
The Friends of Porirua Hospital Museum hope a review by Te Papa museum team leader Ken Gorbey will secure its future.

A Tale from Bastion Point
When two Pakeha meet socially for the first time they are likely to ask the 'what do you do for a crust?' The question quite early in their conversation.

Closing Down Could Be the Museum's Saviour
The key to Porirua Hospital Museum's survival is closing down, according to consultant Ken Gorbey. Mr. Gorbey was Te Papa museum team leader and project director of Berlin's Jewish Museum.

Trimming the Costs of Public Health
A double-edged cut to primary health spending has concerned the professionals who led the way for primary health organizations.

Alcohol Ban Far From Sure
Wellington city councilors may have proposed an all-encompassing public place liquor ban expecting the public to shoot it down, says one of its proposers.

One Man State of Emergency
One homeless alcoholic was treated by hospital emergency departments more than 70 times last year and an ambulance attended almost half of those incidents.

Alcohol Follow-Ups Cut Repeat Wellington Hospital Visits

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