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Nurses and attendants in South Australian lunatic asylums, 1858-1884

Author:
SHLOMOWITZ Evelyn A.
Journal article citation:
Australian Social Work, 47(4), December 1994, pp.43-51.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

This paper focuses on the pattern of care in two Adelaide lunatic asylums between 1858 and 1884. Prior to 1867, Robert Moore, the Colonial Surgeon, introduced a curative orientation to care. But with the appointment of Alexander Paterson as Colonial Surgeon in 1867, a custodial model developed which was consistent with Paterson's ideas on the nature of mental illness. This paper suggests that the curative model was not in the interests of attendants and nurses: (1) curative practices were more time-consuming, (2) with the increasing number of criminal and dangerous patients being admitted, the keepers became more and more intimidated, and so resorted to custodial measures. In taking advantage of shifts in medical thinking, the asylum keepers, accordingly, had an influential role in effecting the change from curative to custodial care.

Journal article

Eight community care myths

Author:
SAYCE Liz
Journal article citation:
Open Mind, 68, April 1994, pp.4-5.
Publisher:
MIND

Challenges eight common myths about community care and people with mental health problems with facts drawn from MIND's community care campaign pack.

Journal article

The law and mental disorder

Author:
HARRISON Kate
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 30.4.94 Supplement, 1994, pp.17-19.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The law which protects a person's personal autonomy is the law of assault. This means that generally adults may not be forced to accept medical treatment even if it is life saving. However, for people classified as suffering from mental disorder the law is very different. Summaries the legal process.

Journal article

Complex causes

Author:
FERRY Richard
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 19.1.94, 1994, pp.34-35.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Sheds light on the perplexing nature of self-injurious behaviours by offering a method of classifying them according to their origins.

Book

First report: better off in the community?: the care of people who are seriously mentally ill; vol.2 minutes of evidence and appendices

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Parliament. House of Commons
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
318p.
Place of publication:
London
Book

First report: better off in the community?: the care of people who are seriously mentally ill, vol.1 report, together with the proceedings of the committee

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Parliament. House of Commons. Health Committee
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
38p.
Place of publication:
London
Book

Guidelines on advocacy for mental health workers

Authors:
READ Jim, WALLCRAFT Jan
Publisher:
UNISON/MIND
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
27p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London
Journal article

Crisis houses should not be institutions

Author:
JENKINSON Pam
Journal article citation:
Open Mind, 71, October 1994, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
MIND

Reveals the radical thinking behind the crisis house run by MIND in Wokingham.

Journal article

Elderly patients and the Mental Health Act 1983

Authors:
GILMORE C., et al
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 9(10), October 1994, pp.809-818.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Reports a retrospective casenote review which was carried out in Southport on all patients over 65 years of age who were detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 during the first six years of its operation. There were 132 episodes of detention affecting 120 patients. 53% were for organic illness and 47% for functional illness. the organically ill were detained most commonly because the carer was no longer able to cope or, for those living alone, because of self-neglect. The functionally ill were most commonly detained in the interests of their health alone. The majority of patients with dementia were not discharged to their previous address after being detained but to residential care. Twenty-seven per cent of the whole sample died within a year of being detained, a rate higher than in the general population.

Journal article

A chance to answer

Author:
STRONG Susannah
Journal article citation:
Care Weekly, 27.10.94, 1994, pp.12-13.

Advocacy in relation to vulnerable sections of people in society is a relatively new concept. Looks at the different approaches to advocacy and to some of the fundamental dilemmas of advocacy.

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