Victorian Mental Health Photograph Collection

The Royal Melbourne Hospital Health Sciences Library, incorporating the Victorian Mental Health Library, holds the photograph collection entitled the ‘Mental Health Photograph Collection’ on behalf of the State of Victoria, acting through the Department of Health & Human Services Mental Health Branch.

The photograph collection previously available at Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital Library contains around 3,000 items. These date from the mid 1800s to 2002, with most pictures taken in the 1960s.

They depict special events with key political or mental health figures, or feature promotional shots of everyday life in Victorian mental health institutions. People, furnishings, equipment, activities and buildings are shown.

Please note:

  • Formats range from negatives, glass and photographic slides, to colour or black and white prints. There are also a small number of site plans and sketches. Sizes vary from 3 cm to poster.
  • The collection DOES NOT contain any records relating to the operations, patients or staff of the various mental health asylums.
  • The Health Sciences Library do not have the Copyright to all of the photographs in the collection, we may need to contact the Department of Health & Human Services Mental Health Branch for permission to use.
  • Permission may only be granted for NON-COMMERICAL USE.

Some of the institutions represented include:

  • Aradale Hospital Ararat Hospital for the Insane
  • Ballarat Mental Hospital
  • Beechworth Mental Hospital/Asylum
  • Box Hill Occupation Clinic
  • Carlton Lunatic Asylum
  • Heatherton Sanatorium
  • Hobson Park Hospital
  • Janefield Colony
  • Karlyn Kinkora Hostel
  • Kew Asylum / Kew Cottages
  • Lara Sanatorium for Inebriates
  • Larundel Mental Hospital
  • Mont Park Montdoora Mental Colony
  • Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital
  • Sunbury Asylum/Mental Hospital/Training Centre
  • Traralgon Mental Hospital
  • Travancore Clinic
  • Trelowarren Rehabilitation Base
  • Willsmere Hospital Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum

To make a request to view photographs from the collection please contact the library.

Library Meeting Room & Computer Labs

Meeting Room

library meeting room sml

This is a multi-purpose space suitable for training, meetings and presentations.

  • Seating for up to 20 People
  • Smartboard (you can connect your laptop or ours)
  • Wi-Fi and network access available
  • Whiteboard (available on request)

Computer Lab 1

rmh computer lab 2 sml

This is a multi-purpose space suitable for computer training and presentations.

  • Seating for up to 12 people at computers, plus 1 instructor
  • Overhead Projector (connected to the instructors PC, or bring your own laptop)
  • Wi-Fi and network access available
  • Whiteboard (available on request)

Computer Lab 2

rmh computer lab 2 sml

This is a multi-purpose space suitable for computer training and presentations.

  • Seating for up to 12 people at computers, plus 1 instructor
  • Smartboard (connected to the instructors PC, or bring your own laptop)
  • Wi-Fi and network access available
  • Whiteboard (available on request)

Clinical & Research Support

The Library offers a Clinical Librarian Service to library members.

The Clinical Librarians have expert knowledge of key research resources & databases, such as Medline, PubMed, Embase, The Cochrane Library & other nursing & allied health resources.

They can help hospital staff & researchers by searching & evaluating evidence-based information to support patient care & research activities.

 

Services

The Clinical Librarian team can:

  • Assist in identifying & locating research literature for clinical care questions & service improvement initiatives
  • Provide 1:1 searching assistance - make an appointment via phone, e-mail or in-person
  • Provide education & training in the use of key resources
  • Assist with systematic review & guideline development
  • Provide support to journal clubs, clinical & audit meetings
  • Participate in special projects where their expertise can add value

 

Education & Training

There are regular & ongoing training events during the year. Sessions are advertised under the Training section of the Library webpage. Bookings required.

The Clinical Librarian team can also run tailored training sessions & can present to your team during, or at:

  • In-service training
  • Formal education courses & events
  • Departmental meetings
  • Clinical case conferences
  • Off-site meetings

 

Literature Search Service

The Clinical Librarians have expert knowledge of the key databases, and can assist staff & researchers locate filtered, highly specific information. Make an appointment to discuss your search specifics, or submit an online form request.

 

Location

The Clinical Librarians operate from the Health Sciences Library (RMH Building) and the Learning Resource Centre (PMCC Building - restricted hours – see below). Drop in, or call, or email to speak to them. 

 

Contact Information

RMH, RWH & Mental Health
Catherine Voutier
Monday - Friday (RMH)
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PMCC Learning Resource Centre, L7
Smaro Lazarakis
Monday – Wednesday (PMCC)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Phone: 8559 7194 (PMCC); 9342 4088 (RMH)