Series VPRS 7563
Register of Boarded Out Patients
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Date Range: Series Circa 1924 - ? 1959
  Series in Custody 1924 - 1959
  Contents 1924 - 1959
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1924 - 1934 Lunacy Department (located in Chief Secretary's Department) VA 2864
1934 - 1944 Department of Mental Hygiene (located in Chief Secretary's Department VA 475) VA 2865
1944 - 1959 Mental Hygiene Branch, Department of Health I VA 2866
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2009 - cont Department of Health III VA 4921
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the records details for periods of interest.

  • Function / Content
    This series records the registration details of those patients who were boarded out from the Hospitals for the Insane to persons and to hospitals. This system of "boarding out" was an attempt to reduce patient numbers in the large Hospitals. It was also generally believed that living in a "community" environment would be beneficial to the health of the patient. Guardians were remunerated by the Government. Regulations relating to "boarded-out" patients were published in the Government Gazette.

    The volumes are arranged chronologically. The contents are arranged by hospital name. Under each hospital there are separate lists for those patients boarded out with persons and those patients sent to hospitals. Patients are then listed chronologically by date of the commencement of the "boarding-out".

    Details recorded include:

    - date boarded out,
    - name of patient,
    - rate per week,
    - to whom boarded out,
    - returned date.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The records are arranged chronologically.

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P0001 1924 - 1959 Part Open 3
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