A historical perspective on mental health services in Australia: 1883–84 to 2003–04

Doessel, Darrel (2009) A historical perspective on mental health services in Australia: 1883–84 to 2003–04. Australian Economic History Review, 49 2: 173-197.


Author Doessel, Darrel
Title A historical perspective on mental health services in Australia: 1883–84 to 2003–04
Journal name Australian Economic History Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8992
1467-8446
Publication date 2009-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2009.00254.x
Volume 49
Issue 2
Start page 173
End page 197
Total pages 25
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract This paper describes changes in the number of residents and admissions to public psychiatric hospitals in Australia, and in the state of Queensland in particular, from 1883 to 2003. It identifies when the deinstitutionalisation of dedicated psychiatric institutions began in Queensland and finds that the policy described as ‘opening the back door’ (discharging residents) began around 1952–53, while the policy of ‘closing the front door’ (reducing admissions) began in 1962–63. Deinstitutionalisation in Queensland thus began earlier than most contemporary writers suggest.
Keyword Australia
Deinstitutionalisation
Mental health expenditure
Mental health policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics Publications
 
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