Have just watched One News and was horrified at the Social Worker complaining she was being bullied and not getting help she needed for her PTSD. Then the government comes on and says they’re going to train more people.
SOCIAL WORKERS ARE NOT HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND SHOULD NOT BE DEALING WITH MENTALLY INJURED ABUSE VICTIMS THE WAY THEY ARE BEING FORCED TO BY NZ GOVERNMENT AND ACC – especially if they have serious mental health issues themselves. Social Workers are not Occupational Therapists, not counsellors, not psychologist/psychiatrists and as part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working with a mental injured abuse victim should only be there to co-ordinate housing, welfare, maybe advocacy and a few other things.
The New Zealand government are telling the public of New Zealand that what they intend to do is helping abused children and their families - what they are actually doing is avoiding paying for the extensive rehabilitation and multi-disciplinary team of health professionals ACC are supposed to be providing under law. Under law, under all the laws I refer to on the pages of this website.
Care that I was receiving in 2009, that ACC continue to refuse to reinstate after winning two reviews and waiting seven years – now why do you think that is when I have a leading psychiatrist that supports everything I say I need. I know what the law says, I know my disorder, I know what I need and I know ACC and the NZ government are corrupt in not providing that.
I worked as a temp for six months at ACC in 2000, while I was there I saw some horrendous things and fraud. One department was really bad, they were data entry operators – half of them had RSI and had to have at least 2 days off a week – WHY were ACC employing people with RSI as data entry operators – it obviously aggravated their disorders – they should have been retrained and doing a different job. Using mentally unwell people as social workers is about as bad as that. How can a person with PTSD support people who have even more serious CPTSD. Also that data entry department was headed by a woman who her staff loved and fawned all over – I later found out she was recording many of those having lots of days off as being at work. Everybody just ignored it.
After receiving a disgusting email from one of the data entry operators, who thought she was sending me a joke I had to speak up and went to the Manager of Funding and Pricing where I was working. I told him about the email and he needed to say something to these people sending such emails – he did talk to them and boy was I the most hated person in ACC, I had ratted on staff. Thing is I didn’t want to get into trouble for having such disgusting material on my computer, I was only a temp. Also I didn’t like the manager and her staff, they weren’t nice people and as I saw it stealing taxpayers money with their bludging. Not sure if it is the same now but back then ACC staff had unlimited sick days – how many companies in NZ give that to their staff?
The person I was covering for had been in ACC for decades and told me ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE LEAVE – so ACC is run by the dregs of our workforce- however they get paid so much they don’t leave no matter what they are expected to do in order to save money and stop people getting entitlements. I was also told when IRD (building around the corner) was overhauled because of the numbers of people who owed them money committing suicide, those that were doing most of the damage were moved to ACC. Another reason ACC is so corrupt and criminally negligent, many of those people are right-wing psychopaths. I used to hear them talk – they were all right-wing National party. My contract was not renewed after I was seen on TV at a NZ First party conference. Only weeks before I had been asked to stay and they would have paid for my Law studies I intended to begin the following year. Stupid me said no – how could I work for an organisation that was morally bankrupt and treated people so badly.
Anyway a bit off topic.
Also wanted to comment that the social worker on One News tonight was severely traumatised by a young abuse victim phoning her while attempting suicide – bleeding out on the phone. I’ve had two flatmates attempt suicide and begged for help from ACC, got nothing – I still havn’t dealt with them and will never get the image of opening the door to our garage and seeing Josh with a rope round his neck standing on a chair. And what happened with the other flatmate I can’t even talk about it was so bad. This social worker got help – I got nothing, not even mental health would help me. And they wonder why I protest the way I do and flip out at them on the phone and am still suicidal, self-harming, bulimic and much much more.
After I was raped in 2002 I fought for 7 1/2 years to get the professional rehabilitation I was entitled to under the Act. In 2009 that started and I had Dr Alan Doris psychiatrist leading my care (or I thought he was but ACC refused to let me speak to him again), I had the most amazing health professional I ever worked with Occupational Therapist Glenda as the central person in working out what my needs were and how to overcome the phobias/dysfunction that had developed because of the ‘untreated’ PTSD after the rape. I had a mental health worker for 3 hours a week, which helped me put in place those things Glenda suggested – both these women walked beside me, they didn’t do it for me. We had just identified why I couldn’t go for job interviews – was related to not wanting to be judged after the person who raped me was found not guilty. We were about to start role playing being in an interview so I could overcome the fear when ACC ILLEGALLY DUMPED ME FROM ALL CARE. I also had a doctor who was OK because he was being fed information by the OT, psychiatrist and psychologist – not providing and deciding on the care like NZ government now do.
Oh yeah I had a psychologist but the woman was useless and I found myself counselling her because her methods were so bad (I know consider them brainwashing) – a good counsellor would have been far better. In fact just before I was dumped I had written to ACC saying to get rid of her, she wasn’t helping and cost a lot. I also asked at that time if I could go away for six weeks to deal with the deep psychological trauma that was causing my continued suicidal thoughts. I couldn’t do that and parent my children at the same time – I couldn’t do that in the community – Dr Doris agreed with this at a later date. INSTEAD EVERYTHING WAS TAKEN AWAY and I felt like I had been thrown out of a six storey building.
Plus I had help in the community from a local gym who my OT talked to about how to help me – those guys were so amazing, I still appreciate what they did for me back then. At gym I could deal a bit with my eating disorder, building my physical strength with lots of encouragement and support, being in my community with others (as I was very isolated) etc etc.
These are the things I had, when National got in 2008, they put John Judge in charge (then Paula Rebstock) and all my care was taken – they said my mental health issues were not related to the sexual abuse – even though they had been providing me on and off counselling under ACC for 7 1/2 years.
I can’t go on much more I’m getting upset. These are the sorts of things ALL mentally injured abuse victims are entitled to – BUT BEING REFUSED. ACC are saving their money $4billion per year I was told in order to invest in banks, shares, dams and businesses around NZ and overseas. This is money that should be invested in our own people – especially mentally injured abuse victims. When I think of how much most car accident victims get it makes me cry – when you compare it to that of mentally injured.
When I was dumped they said I could go to mental health services – but when I talked to them, who had let me down multiple times already they said they didn’t do any of the things I had been receiving. There only options were medication, how can a person be receiving around 12 hours per week rehabilitation with several health professionals, based on professional advice and go to absolutely nothing?
Someone in power, in media, in parliament has to speak up and expose this gross miscarriage of justice - so many are suffering because ACC and NZ government are corrupt, criminally negligent abusers. This is why I protest at police stations, because I know under Sections 150a 151 155 and 157 of Crimes Act ACC and mental health are breaking the law. I also know under Crimes of Torture they are breaking the law, these crimes have sentences that would see politicians and government employees (including Rebstock) jailed and lose their right to be an MP. Who would disagree with me that our current government does not have anybody honourable running it – NOBODY.
Can’t go on for now – kia kaha to us all. Will send this link to every opposition party and all media outlets so they know – I know they probably won’t do anything because I am so discredited but I can’t stop telling the truth – I can’t stop trying to get mentally injured abused men women and children the treatment care and rehabilitation they are entitled to – not only under ACC law but also health, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and bill of rights laws.
Kia kaha to us all
God of Nations at thy feet
In the bonds of love we meet
Here our voices we entreat
God defend our free land
From dissension envy hate
And corruption guard our state
Make our country good and great
God defend New Zealand