Opening Up and Closing Down: Notes on the End of an Asylum

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Title Opening Up and Closing Down: Notes on the End of an Asylum
Author Finnane, Mark
Journal Name Health and History
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine
Abstract Deinstitutionalisation describes the process in which, throughout the western world, psychiatric hospitals discharged most of their patients and most often closed their doors. It coincided with an influential rethinking of the status of the mentally ill as citizens. At Wolston Park Hospital, Queensland's first and major psychiatric facility, opened in 1865, this was an extended process beginning in the 1930s that ended only in 2001. This paper considers how this happened, over what period of time, and with what kinds of impact on the institutional community. It makes use of oral histories collected among those who worked at the hospital as well as those who were its patients and clients.
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Volume 11
Issue Number 1
Page from 9
Page to 24
ISSN 1442-1771
Date Accessioned 2010-03-02
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History); Studies in Human Society
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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