CHILDREN younger than four who are considered mentally disturbed are being treated with controversial electric shock treatment writes the Herald Sun in Australia.
The article cites that:
About 12,000 treatments were performed in the public health system last financial year.
Medicare statistics record 203 ECT treatments on children younger than 14 - including 55 aged four and younger.
Two of the under-4s were in Victoria.
Last financial year, 6,197 ECT treatments were given to Victorians against their will.
This on the back of a report from The Age in 2006 when it was reported that child psychiatrist, Selwyn Leeks, agreed to stop practising ECT after patients came forward and claimed they were punished for minor breaches of discipline by electroconvulsive therapy, administered by Dr Leeks.
Child shock therapy story here
Selwyn Leeks story here
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