Series VPRS 7696
Admission and Discharge Register - Willsmere Unit
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Date Range: Series 1982 - 1988
  Series in Custody 1982 - 1988
  Contents 1982 - 1988
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1982 - 1988 Kew (Asylum 1871-1905; Hospital for the Insane 1905-1934; Mental Hospital 1934-c.1970's; Mental/Psychiatric Hospital c.1970's-1988) VA 2840
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2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
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    System of Arrangement/Control

    Series: Chronological by date of admission, each volume has an alphabetical index by patient name which refers to page numbers.

    Contents: Chronological by date of admission, there are two separate number sequences for male and female patients.

    Range of Control Symbols

    Series: No control symbols apparent

    Contents: 1.2.1982 - December 1988.

    This series records the admission details of each patient admitted to the "Willsmere Unit" of Kew Mental Hospital. The Willsmere Unit consisted of Wards G1, G3, and G4 which had been proclaimed as wards of a psychiatric hospital by the Minister of Health in the Government Gazette in January 1982 (Wards G3 and G4) and August 1983 (Ward G1). Psychiatric hospitals received short-term acute patients.

    Details recorded include:

    name at length
    date of admission
    age
    marital status
    previous place of abode
    occupation
    religion
    form of mental disorder
    bodily condition
    date of discharge or death
    type of discharge
    name of State Institution to which transferred (if applicable)
    cause of death (if applicable)

    The register also distinguishes between five types of admission which were set out under sections 41 to 49 of the Mental Health Act 1959:

    V Voluntary Boarders were those who entered the hospital at their own request or, if under the age of 16 at the request of a parent or guardian and on the opinion of a medical practitioner.

    R, A Recommended and Approved Patients. A person could be admitted upon the recommendations set out in a prescribed form, of a medical practitioner who had examined the person. As soon as possible after admission the superintendent of the hospital was required to examine the patient and either approve the recommended admission or discharge the patient.

    J Judicial Admissions. Upon information provided on oath before a justice that a mentally ill person was not receiving proper case, or could not support himself/herself or had committed an offence, and after examination by two medical practitioners, and order could be made for the person to be admitted to or detained in a mental hospital.

    S Security Patients were those who had been detained in a gaol but were transferred to a mental hospital upon being determined to be mentally ill.

    Entries are arranged chronologically by date of admission. Until July 1983 male and female patients are allocated admission number in two separate number sequence. From July 1983 the patients U.R. (unique record) number is recorded instead. This number was allocated by a central computerised system controlled from the central office of the Office of Psychiatric Services. This number was used for every admission of the patient to any psychiatric institution in Victoria. There is an index at the front of each volume by patient name which gives page number references.

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1982 - 1983 Admission Warrants, Male Patients VPRS 7716
1982 - 1983 Admission Warrants, Female Patients VPRS 7717
1983 - 1988 Admission Warrants: Male and Female Patients VPRS 7718
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- 1982 Register of Patient Admission and Discharge VPRS 7682
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P0001 1982 - 1988 Closed 2
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