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Listed under:  Society  >  Social services  >  Health care
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Joan Winch, 2003: Indigenous health workers

This clip is an excerpt from 'Joan Winch' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian biography' series 9, produced in 2003. In the clip Joan Winch - a Nyungar-Martujarra Elder, nurse, midwife, academic and educator - talks about setting up an Aboriginal health workers' program in Western Australia. She asked the community to nominate ...

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Housemaid's white linen cap, c1900

This is a white linen housemaid's cap, also called a mob cap. It is circular and gathered around the face with an internal strap, also of white linen, for fastening the cap around the head. The cap is 32 cm long.

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Psychiatric patient's padded cap, c1900

This is a double-layered cap made with strong khaki-coloured cotton as the outer lining and wool as the inner lining; it has kapok for padding and cotton straps on the top and both sides. It has been roughly constructed or repaired with black machine stitch around its lower edge. The cap is 26 cm long and 11 cm wide.

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World AIDS Day lapel pin, c1990s

This is an enamelled metal pin featuring a black outer circle inscribed with the words 'WORLD AIDS DAY' and an inner section in the shape of a red folded ribbon with a safety pin at the top. On the reverse there is a small safety stud for fastening the pin to one's lapel. The diameter of the pin is 2.9 cm.

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Brass observation hole, c1900

This brass observation hole was installed on a door at Ballarat Mental Hospital, Victoria in order to observe patients.

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Reinforced quilted cotton dress, c1900

This is a faded blue very heavy cotton dress, lined and quilted. It has black stitching, a gathered skirt and waistband, long sleeves and a round neck with a stand-up collar. The back has eyelets to the waist. The dress is 125.0 cm long x 86.0 cm wide.

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Isolation cabinet, c1870

This is an isolation cell or isolation chamber, from about 1870, viewed on its side. It is a tall rounded structure of stout tongue-and-groove timber, with straight wings each side of a curved front, so it will fit into a corner. The curved door has a metal handle and a heavy loop-style latch on the outside. It formerly ...

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Electroencephalograph, c1970

This Electroencephalograph was used by the neurosciences department at Monash Medical Centre to record electrical activity in patients' brains. Its overall dimensions are: length 120 cm, width 60 cm, height 65 cm.

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Builders working on Royal Melbourne Hospital site, Parkville, late 1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph of 11 men, including builder John Bray (at far right), working on construction of the new Royal Melbourne Hospital in Parkville around the late 1930s.

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Child's corduroy pinafore worn in mental health hospital, c1980

This is a red pinafore of the type worn by young female patients in a Victorian mental health hospital in about 1980. It has been mended by hand sewing.

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Webbed moleskin petticoat from mental health hospital, c1910-30

This is a cream moleskin webbed petticoat used to restrict leg movement of agitated and violent patients at a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, about 1910-30. It is part of the Psychiatric Services Collection at Museum Victoria. The petticoat is 124.0 cm long x 49.0 cm wide.

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Milton Coutt's anaesthetic machine, c1939

Manufactured in 1939, this anaesthetic machine was used by the surgical unit at Mont Park Mental Hospital in the Melbourne surburb of Bundoora.

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Schimmelbusch's anaesthetic mask, c1950

This Schimmelbusch's chloroform mask was used in dental or medical surgery to anaesthetise patients at a Victorian mental hospital. It is 10.50 cm long, 6.00 cm wide 19.00 cm high.

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Flyer about the New South Wales smoking bans in hotels and clubs, 2005

This is a single A5 page information flyer 'NSW Govt Smoking Bans: Frequently Asked Questions' published in 2005 by the Golden Barley Hotel, in Enmore, NSW. It is printed in black on one side of a white paper sheet. The 'No Smoking' logo and the Golden Barley Hotel logo are printed either side of the heading. Questions ...

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Straitjacket from Mayday Hills Hospital, c1900

This item is a cream heavy canvas straitjacket worn by female patients as a restraining device at a mental health hospital, the Mayday Hills Hospital in Beechworth, Victoria, in about 1900. It is well-worn and much-mended, and the neckline has been padded with stockinet to minimise chafing. The pockets have been replaced ...

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Stencil plate from Ballarat Lunatic Asylum, c1900

This is a square metal stencil plate with lettering cut in a circular shape, used for labelling objects at the Ballarat Lunatic Asylum. The plate is 14.7 cm long x 14.0 cm wide.

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Outback nurse

Heather Smith is a hemodialysis nurse who travels to remote Australian communities delivering important health services to Australians who don't live in or near major centres. Follow Heather on a typical day in her outback office in the Central Australian location of Ntaria (Hermannsburg) in the Northern Territory.

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Padlock and key from mental health hospital, 1859

These items are a padlock and key manufactured by Chubb and Sons Lock and Safe Co Ltd in 1859, and used in a mental health hospital in Victoria. It is part of the Psychiatric Services Collection at Museum Victoria. The padlock is 9.0 cm wide x 10.0 cm high x 3.0 cm thick.

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Stories set in stone: Sydney's Quarantine Station

Imagine arriving in Australia after months at sea only to be confined, perhaps for months, in a small area beside the sea. This story explores the experiences of people in the 19th or early 20th century who arrived in Sydney on ships on which serious diseases had broken out. Examine the records that some of these people ...

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Operation Aussie holiday

A small percentage of tourists visit Australia in order to access medical services. Increasing the number of these tourists could potentially inject millions of dollars into the Australian economy. But does the hospital system get a 'clean bill of health' in terms of its capacity to cope with the increased demand?