Sarah Sutton Psychology

I love my family, including my two brothers whom both have diagnoses of Schizophrenia. I am passionate about mental health advocacy in my role as a Psychologist.

I am passionate about mental health advocacy because my brothers cannot advocate for themselves due to their psychosocial disabilities. As a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, I also advocate for carers and consumers who cannot speak out due to disability or fear of discrimination and mistreatment. I have worked for many years in government and private services including lived experience and expert advisory roles at a local, state and national level. I am driven by the belief that everyone deserves a contributing life, including safe and stable accommodation, support and something meaningful to do with their time. I am given hope by consumer stories of braveness and resilience, and my dream is that one day carers, but mostly consumers, will be involved in co-design at all levels of service provision, evaluation, research, and delivery, in paid roles. Sarah Sutton is a fully registered Clinical & Forensic Psychologist. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Flinders University of South Australia, a bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree from University of South Australia , & a Masters of Forensic Psychology degree from the University of South Australia. Sarah has extensive experience in both the public & private sectors, within agencies such as Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Adult Mental Health Services, Correctional services & Families SA, & non-government organisations. Sarah also performs mental health lived experience advocacy roles at local, state and national levels. Sarah's primary work at Trinity Medical Centre involves providing psychological treatment services under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative. These services are bulk billed (no gap) & are available for all clients with a mental health care plan. Sarah works with teenagers & adults clients. For those not on a mental health care plan, Sarah charges a private fee $120. I bulk bill and these items are covered by Medicare:
Chronic psychotic disorders
Acute psychotic disorders
Bipolar disorder
Phobic disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder
Adjustment disorder
Unexplained somatic complaints
Sexual disorders
Conduct disorder
Bereavement disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Eating disorders
Panic disorder
Alcohol use disorders
Drug use disorders
Mixed anxiety and depression
Dissociative (conversion) disorder
Sleep problems
Hyperkinetic (attention deficit) disorder
Enuresis (non-organic)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Mental disorder, not otherwise specified
However, Sarah has a particular interest and experience in:
Perinatal mental health (during & post-pregnancy)
Social Anxiety
Severe mental illness
Young people
ATSI populations…/bits…/10665/41852/1/0889371482_eng.pdf
Eligible mental disorders under mental health care plans..........
Sarah is also a registered NDIS provider.

Operating as usual

[10/08/19]   "There's really no such thing as 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard" Arundhati Roy


Yes Yes Yes....."The provision of adequate mental health support in our community can help people avoid psychiatric crisis"

“There's a tide of people coming into emergency departments looking for beds and appearing to need admission, whereas if they'd been looked after properly in the community earlier then they wouldn't have presented in the first place.”

Did you see our Executive Director, Professor Patrick McGorry on The Feed SBS VICELAND last night? Prof McGorry discussed the need for a new approach to mental health care in response to the shortage of beds for mental health patients in Tasmanian hospitals.
Watch here:


SA Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network

SA State Budget ..... Programs aimed at preventing su***de and supporting people bereaved by su***de will receive an additional $602,000 per year

Mental health related State budget news:

'Borderline personality disorder services

The Government has funded its promised $10 million borderline personality disorder service. ...
$2.5 million will be allocated for clinical services, services for people at high risk, carer and family support services, a new 9mothers program and a young people program, each year over the next four years.

Su***de prevention

Programs aimed at preventing su***de and supporting people bereaved by su***de will receive an additional $602,000 per year

$15.5 million over four years for an anti-bullying program to replace the now scrapped Safe Schools Anti-Bullying Initiative'


SA Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network

The Government has funded its promised $10 million borderline personality disorder service

Mental health related State budget news:

'Borderline personality disorder services

The Government has funded its promised $10 million borderline personality disorder service. ...
$2.5 million will be allocated for clinical services, services for people at high risk, carer and family support services, a new 9mothers program and a young people program, each year over the next four years.

Su***de prevention

Programs aimed at preventing su***de and supporting people bereaved by su***de will receive an additional $602,000 per year

$15.5 million over four years for an anti-bullying program to replace the now scrapped Safe Schools Anti-Bullying Initiative' 02/09/2018

TheMHS on Twitter

TheMHS keynote speakers “Many thanks to the 3 keynotes, Michael Brown, Matt Ball, Shannon Jaccard, in the final session of the last day of #THEMHS2018”


“There is an argument that we could actually be making things worse and increasing reliance upon the police may be something we regret in the future, in the way we already regret the number of mentally ill people who are in prison ”...looking forward to this presentation next week at TheMHS conference

“There is an argument that we could actually be making things worse and increasing reliance upon the police may be something we regret in the future, in the way we already regret the number of mentally ill people who are in prison.”

An interview with TheMHS Conference keynote speaker, the UK’s Michael Brown - mentalhealthcop


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Loving madge.....funny and interesting s*x ed. ..the way it needs to be......"Twat's Up, Ladies! Go deep into the fold with Madge the Vag as she explores the mysteries and the wonders of the va**na"

Laughing really hard should not involve p*e.


People with mental illness need compassion and care, not handcuffs and being treated like criminals

“People experiencing mental illness who are in distress need mental health care, not handcuffs.”

ACMHN calls for action from all Australian governments on mental health care following excessive force from police officers.

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ABC News

Graduate program employing those with diagnoses on the autism spectrum

A group of graduates from a specialised autism training program have left the dole queue and secured their first jobs inside the department responsible for handing out their disability benefits. 17/04/2018

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To celebrate autism month, Disability Policy and Programs is hosting a day conference on autism in education on Friday 27th April 2018. The aim is to provide practical take-away strategies and new insights. To register download the flyer from and return with payment to SERU.


Asperger's Syndrome Awareness: Bryan's Advocacy

Some good tips relating to ASD


1. Thou shall not yell when speaking to me.
My condition does not impair my hearing and I am extremely bright. Perhaps even brighter than you are.

...2. Thou shall not ignore me, talk negatively about me, speak unnaturally slow, or ask questions to others in the room that pertain to me. I can comprehend what you are saying just fine.

3. Thou shall believe in me and help me believe in my skills and self worth. Note the good in me and do not merely point out my negative behaviors. Believe in me and I will believe in myself.

4. Thou shall not perceive me as dumb.
I am extremely intelligent. I do not learn in the same way as you, and maybe not as quickly as you expect me to. Have patience with me. Once I recall information, I never forget.

5. Thou shall not judge my behavior.
I can get overstimulated in certain environments. I may be hypersensitive to sound and loud noises may hurt my ears. Fluorescent lights are distracting for me. They have a humming noise, and can pulsate. All the noises in a room can blur together. Please make accommodations to help me.

6. Thou shall not be so quick to scold me.
Do not tell me that “I know what I did”. I do not. Tell me what my infraction was in a simple, concise manner. I want to please you, but I have difficulties inferring meaning within a vague statement. For instance, do not say please clean up your bedroom. Tell me exactly what you want, such as ‘Please make your bed and pick up your toys”.

7. Thou shall not compare me to others.
Please remind me, and note the talents that I possess. This increases my confidence and positive self worth. Learning disabled or not, we ALL have talents to contribute within society. I need you to help me realize what mine is. Believe in me and I will believe in myself.

8. Thou shall not exclude me from activities.
Please do not mimic me, ignore me, or bully me. Please invite me to play with you. It hurts my feelings when I am excluded. I like to run and jump in the playground, and be invited to birthday parties too. Grownups can help me make friends by encouraging other children to play with me. I can be a loyal friend if you get to
know me.

9. Thou shall give me choices.
I do not like being ordered about any more than the other children. Give me choices so I know you value my capabilities and opinions. Make them simple and concise. Present two options or so. I get confused when too many questions or directions are given at one time due to my processing sp*ed. For instance, ask me if I would like to wear my blue sweater or green one, rather than asking which sweater I would like to wear.

10. Thou shall not judge me by my diagnosis, but by my character.
I am an individual, just like other children. As my son used to say, “Mom my name is John (name changed for his anonymity) not Asperger’s”. A profound statement I would say.
~ Mari Nosal


- Posted by Bryan :) 11/04/2018

Kurt Fearnley sends powerful message on inclusion after winning silver

"Let's have that same conversation about what is happening here [on the Gold Coast] at home about our education facilities, about our transport, about employment" Kurt Fearnley makes a statement both on and off the track, winning silver and then calling for Australia to embrace inclusion of people with disabilities.


Good news if the advocate is independent and has power to make changes

Purple Orange welcomes the Liberal State government's commitment to honour a $600k Labor election promise to strengthen disability advocacy in South Australia.

This will mean the appointment of an independent Disability Advocate and a funding boost for community advocacy organisations.

This is a much-needed start to investing in the disability community voice. The NDIS rollout will only be successful if South Australians living with disability have their say about how it works. Otherwise, South Australia’s investment in the NDIS may not bring the promised outcomes for local people.

Currently there are a range of issues in the Scheme’s implementation, and an investment in disability advocacy will help people living with disability have their voice heard.

It will also help people living with disability speak up on issues of access and inclusion in our communities.

Let's hope this is actioned quickly.


Mental Health Australia

Has the media lost its way, or are they simply serving our misplaced priorities ????

This week I found the news very hard to reconcile.

Ball tampering has dominated the news cycle. What could possibly be worse than ball tampering by Australians in a test match?

Caught in the act by cameras straining for a close up view, Australian cricket endured a shameful exposé. Cheats. This was shocking for politicians and punters alike, and the media was full of public displays of disappointment.

Only days later, the players involved were sent home from the South African tour, stripped of their leadership positions, banned for a year, sponsorhips withdrawn, and left with reputations only somewhat restored by what looked to be sincere contrition – again, all played out publically, all captured in excruciating detail by the world’s media.

Even in the aftermath, there remains much talk of a further purge of Cricket Australia; the Board, the CEO, perhaps more players? There will be no rest until this wrong is righted, and the world’s eyes will be watching vigilantly until it is.

And then, later in the week, more horror footage. This time a disability pensioner being dragged from his own home and beaten into submission by police. Capsicum spray, batons, an overwhelming number of police officers, verbal taunts, public humiliation.

And why were the police in attendance? Because one of the man’s care team was concerned for his mental health.

We were concerned for a man’s mental health and have a system that relies on us sending the police. No CAT team, no p*er worker, no de-escalation, no prolonged negotiation, no safe house. We sent in the police.

This time it was not the world’s media that captured the event. Rather the man’s own CCTV recorded the horrifying footage. CCTV equipment that he had installed himself when he was the victim of a previous robbery.

The footage has only just come to light; the event occurred last year.

But unlike the ball the tampering, there has been no inquiry. There have been no suspensions. It seems no witnesses to the event thought it necessary to report it to anyone in authority. Now that an inquiry has begun, police won’t comment.

Media attention lasted about a day. Not the world’s media – just a spot on the ABC and some follow up from other outlets.

If politicians were talking about the incident, I did not hear them. I have heard few calls for a shakeup of our police, and fewer still for a shakeup of our response to mental illness.

We spent the week talking about grown men in South Africa rubbing a cricket ball with sandpaper. How can it be that that left us no room to talk about a disability pensioner with mental health issues being violently confronted and restrained by police?

I wonder whether it is the media that has lost its way, or whether they are simply serving our misplaced priorities.

Warm regards

Frank Quinlan
Chief Executive Officer


Don Dunstan Foundation

I liked this ad, but let's not also forget that for those with severe mental illness, they might not even be able to attain or maintain stable employment....everyone needs support, mentally well or unwell, we're all human

Didn't make it to AdMental tonight? The online footage will be available soon, but in the meantime take a look at Floodlight Media''s 'selling mental wellbeing' ad pitch. What do you think? #AdMental #letstalk 03/04/2018

Mental health system is 'broken': new voice calls for change

I support a productivity commission type review.....including lived experience within the review Australians for Mental Health will launch in Canberra on Monday.


Media Watch

Such ridiculous propoganda....being driven by.....guess who??....a white, privileged man

Claims the new nursing code will force white nurses to declare ‘white privilege’ are incorrect


BEST Austin

This is soooo good. Reducing social isolation and restoring dignity and hope in people's lives!

This tiny home village in Austin is giving homeless people a purpose. 28/03/2018

Aboriginal healers' complementary medicine finds a place in hospitals

"The healers' power for Indigenous people lay with their ability to reconnect them to culture, the lifeblood of their spiritual being". Improved attendance rates too so it's a win win. A team of traditional Aboriginal healers are finding their place in the modern-day health system. 18/03/2018

Dear Sunrise: Some alternative pitches for the Hot Topics segment

Great article SATIRE: How about 'advice on getting out of poverty hosted by extremely rich people?', Nayuka Gorrie suggests


NDIS wishlist.....

My Current NDIS Wishlist (in no particular order)

1. The NDIS establish an Exceptional Support Needs internal team, led by experienced practitioners made up of permanent employees who are responsible for all plans for children and adults with extreme behavioural support needs who may require 2:1 supports and are fully excluded from community, work, education and family life.
2. The NDIS offer the same THOROUGH BASIC training to their planners, LAC’s as well as all external Support Coordinators. Training to be led by people with disability and those with extensive experience with the social model of disability and a deep understanding of the UNCRPD (United Nations Convention of the Rights of People with Disability) and the NDIS Act.
3. The NDIS and LAC’s offer a way for participants to book their own Planning review meeting time online, anytime from six weeks before their plan end date. The system then sends an online review planning tool for completion where appropriate, as well as text reminders if requested.
4. The NDIS develop an app or website where participants and nominees can do a great deal of guided pre-planning (and review) work online, before their meeting. This information is directly propagated into the plan (“About Me”, choice of money management, goals, existing supports, WHODAS etc) to reduce the Chinese Whispers we see between the LACs, NDIA and the final error filled plans they produce.
5. The NDIS determine and stick with a genuinely reasonable (3 months?) time frame for determining the results of internal reviews, and that when that timeframe is not met, participants are automatically informed, and given the option of going directly to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
6. That participants who are experienced and comfortable with the NDIS are given the opportunity to develop and build their own complete NDIS plans and budgets to submit to the delegate for approval.
7. That the pace of producing new participant plans be slowed to something manageable – the current pace and lack of availability of trained planners and LAC’s is leading to great trauma through unmanageable interim plans, very poorly produced plans with many errors, lack of communication, truckloads of rubbish misinformation from agency and LAC staff and participants waiting ten or more months for reviews.
8. Allow Core funds to be used for any disability related, goal directed Capacity Building activities/supports that are Reasonable and Necessary.
9. That the NDIA fess up to their mistakes, poor training and volumes of participants waiting in plan gaps for review, and stop referring to these numbers of participants as a “small” number.
10. Make publicly available the known package budget reference ranges, the criteria for inclusion of Support Coordination and other internal “task cards” and “secret” planner tools.

And in easier English with swearing:

1. The NDIS have a “crack” behaviour support planning team that really know their s**t and hang around for a while
2. The NDIS train their planners, LAC’s and Support Coordinators properly
3. Participants can book their own planning meetings easily, online.
4. An accessible app or website that let’s you get ready for your planning meeting
5. Reviews are done on time, or you can go above the Agency when they’re not.
6. Participants can build their own bloody plans for approval
7. NDIS rollout slows down so they stop mucking up so much
8. Let people use their core funds to improve their skills if they want
9. NDIA says sorry and admits that lots of people and providers are getting a bum deal
10. NDIA share their secret squirrel tools so people can understand what they’re getting and why

What’s on your wishlist? (I have plenty more but would love to hear yours!)





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