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Excerpt: Australian Medical Association NSW Guidelines, 20 April 1993

Referrals at the instigation or insistence of the patient’s employer: guidelines for psychiatrists

This issue has become a problem in the context of an employer’s response to an employee’s "whistleblowing", i.e. where employees have raised concerns over corruption, mismanagement, waste, or practices involving risk to the public occurring with an organisation, or other such matters, and where the employer is reacting adversely to the raising of those concerns. In these circumstances, insistence by the employer on referral to one or more psychiatrists has become a common means of discrediting or getting rid of the employee, in a manner reminiscent of the Soviet use of psychiatry in dealing with political dissidents... "