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Australian aged care and youth mental health are systems abdicated by governments

Deprived of resources and beset by fatigue, no amount of individual responsibility can bear the weight of structural failure

Over the course of the past year as a trainee social worker, I have spent months in residence in both a residential aged care facility and in a youth mental health service operated by a hospital in Melbourne.

My first experiences as a clinician are of stepping into service systems in crisis, deprived of resources and beset by fatigue. It’s true that everyone has made sacrifices during this pandemic, but the cost of those sacrifices is borne more by vulnerable community members than privileged others.

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