Agency VA 692
Mental Health Authority
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Date Range: 1962 - 1978
 
Description of this AgencyDescription of this Agency
The Mental Health Authority was established in 1962 under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1959 (No.6605). Prior to its establishment its predecessor, the Mental Hygiene Authority (VA 2838) exercised responsibilities and powers similar to those of the new Authority.

The Authority was appointed by the Governor-in-Council and consisted of three members. The Chairman was to be a medical practitioner being expert in psychiatry, the Deputy Chairman, a physician with experience in psychiatry and the Administrative Member, a person with administrative skill and experience (Section 5, Mental Health Act 1959). All were appointed for a period of five years (Section 6 (1)) and were eligible for re-appointment and no person over the age of 65 could be appointed or continue as a member of the Authority (Section 5 (3)).

In 1978, under the provision of the Health Commission Act 1977 (No.9023), the Mental Health Authority was abolished and the Health Commission (VA 652) was designated as its successor in law.

Location of Records

Researchers are advised to consult VRG 39 Health for records regarding the administration of Mental Health and VRG 8 Health and Welfare Agencies for the records of individual institutions for which the Mental Health Authority was responsible.

Researchers are also advised to consult the following sections of the List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.11.2. (Mental Hygiene Branch), section 3.11.3. (Department of Health), section 8.0.0. (Health and Welfare Agencies).




 
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? 1952 - 1983 General Correspondence Files (Mental Health) VPRS 6344 North Melbourne Closed
? 1970 - 1983 Register of General Correspondence Files (Mental Health) VPRS 8788 North Melbourne Open
1947 - 1976 Personnel Files (RETURNED TO AGENCY 2016) VPRS 3785 Other Not Applicable
1952 - 1978 Minute Book VPRS 18225 North Melbourne Open
1952 - 1978 Committee Minutes VPRS 18227 North Melbourne Open
1952 - 1983 Alphabetical Subject Index to General Correspondence Files (Mental Health) VPRS 8787 North Melbourne Open
1970 - 1995 Admission Index Cards Alcohol and Drug Services VPRS 18381 North Melbourne Closed
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1962 - 1978 Health, mental VF 128
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1962 - 1978 Mental Hygiene Branch, Department of Health I VA 2866
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1962 - 1978 Health VRG 39