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Inspirational people

Patrick McGorry
Pencil and wash on paper
Size: 14.8 x 21 cm


Patrick McGorry

This sketch was done at a talk about asylum seekers in Australia in Gosford, December 2015.

McGorry is the instigator of the wonderful and successful 'Headspace' program which helps young people with mental health and anxiety issues.

He spoke about mental health and told us about a woman he treated and continues to treat who was a refugee from past horrors in South America. She still needs periodic treatment 20 years later. How the young men (and women and children) on Nauru and Manus are going to fare is hard to imagine. The worst of it is that the Government is torturing these people deliberately, as a sign to others not to try to get to Australia.

McGorry said he had been in the UK recently for the world cup between NZ and Australia and was startled to discover that every one of the neutral observers he met were backing New Zealand. Such is international distaste for Australia nowadays. As several people said, Australia's reputation is being trashed for a great deal of money and at the cost of people we should be protecting.

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