AU WA A1541 - BOARD OF VISITORS - HEATHCOTE MENTAL HOSPITAL

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Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Board

Authorized form of name

BOARD OF VISITORS - HEATHCOTE MENTAL HOSPITAL

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Description identifier

AU WA A1541

Description area

Dates of existence

1929-02-22 - 1994-12-31

History

Following an amendment to the Lunacy Act 1903 in 1920, a Board of Visitors system was introduced in Western Australia for the protection of patients in psychiatric hospitals.

A Board of Visitors was established for each mental institution in the State. Each Board consisted of two medical practitioners, one lawyer, one male and one female lay person. The Boards were empowered to enquire into the workings of the hospital, make recommendations and also had authority to discharge patients. The Boards operated independantly of the Public Health Department as well as the hospital which the Board visited. The Boards provided an independant avenue to patients who were concerned about their rights or welfare.

The Board of Visitors system was replaced by the Council of Official Visitors following the introduction of the Mental Health Act 1996.

Places

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: Lunacy Act Amendment Act 1920 (No. 42 of 1920).

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General context

Relationships area

Related entity

AU WA A36 - HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1984-07-01 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A36

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Related

Dates of the relationship

1984-07-01 - 1994-12-31

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A149 - MEDICAL DEPARTMENT [2] (1956-01-01 - 1979-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A149

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Related

Dates of the relationship

1956-01-01 - 1979-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A126 - MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (1954-01-01 - 1984-07-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A126

Category of the relationship

Related

Dates of the relationship

1954-01-01 - 1984-07-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A125 - MENTAL HOSPITALS DEPARTMENT (1950-01-01 - 1954-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A125

Category of the relationship

Related

Dates of the relationship

1950-01-01 - 1953-12-31

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A240 - CHIEF SECRETARY'S DEPARTMENT (1924-04-16 - 1983-03-23)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A240

Category of the relationship

Related

Dates of the relationship

1929-09-22 - 1949-12-31

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A793 - HEATHCOTE MENTAL HOSPITAL (1929-02-22 - 1994-12-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A793

Category of the relationship

Related

Dates of the relationship

1929-02-22 - 1994-12-31

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A35 - PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1911-06-01 - 1984-06-30)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A35

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Related

Dates of the relationship

1929-02-22 - 1984-06-30

Description of relationship

Related function

Related unit of description

Series S4024 - CORRESPONDENCE FILES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1921-01-11 - 1994-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S4025 - MINUTES OF MEETINGS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1929-02-22 - 1994-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S4026 - MONTHLY RETURNS OF PATIENTS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1949-01-01 - ?

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Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes