60 Minutes Australia Tonight (Sunday 13 November Channel 9)



It is no secret that adolescents are occasionally troubled and occasionally disruptive.

A thriving $50 billion industry of so-called therapeutic boarding schools and military-style boot camps in the United States asserts that “tough love” is the most effective treatment for young people’s problems.

According to Tara Brown, however, these often-secretive institutions are largely unregulated and, rather than aiding adolescents, have caused them severe and lasting harm.

Now, however, survivors, led by the famous “It Girl” Paris Hilton and including a courageous Australian woman, have had enough and demand that parents stop outsourcing parenting.

Reporter: Tara Brown – Producers: Sammi Taylor, Tracey Hannaford


This medical scandal is beyond comprehension. Three-quarters of a million women around the world, including thousands in Australia, were convinced by their doctors to use the contraceptive device Essure over the course of more than two decades.

They were assured that the tiny implant was safe, but this was not the case.

To add insult to injury, when a large number of these women complained that the contraceptive was damaging their bodies and causing excruciating pain, they were either ignored or told they were hallucinating.

Now, several hundred of the affected Australian women are taking legal action against the device’s manufacturer, and they have enlisted the aid of prominent consumer advocate Erin Brockovich in their campaign.

Reporter: Sarah Abo – Producer: Natalie Clancy

Airdate: Sunday 13 November 2022 at 8.40pm on Channel 9.

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