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Ernest Jones Clinic

Summary

  • Auspice:Mental Hygiene Authority [statutory authority] 1952-1962 ; Mental Health Authority [statutory authority] 1962-1978 ; Health Commission of Victoria 1978-1985 ; Department of Health II 1985-1992 ; Department of Health and Community Services 1992-1996 ; Larundel Mental Hospital, Pleasant View Centre, Mont Park Mental Hospital (1976–91), North Eastern Metropolitan Psychiatric Services (1992 –?)
  • Name: Ernest Jones Clinic (EJC)
  • Other names: Darebin Community Mental Health Centre (1996–97?)
  • Address: Hotham Street Preston 

Summary

  • Auspice:Mental Hygiene Authority [statutory authority] 1952-1962 ; Mental Health Authority [statutory authority] 1962-1978 ; Health Commission of Victoria 1978-1985 ; Department of Health II 1985-1992 ; Department of Health and Community Services 1992-1996 ; Larundel Mental Hospital, Pleasant View Centre, Mont Park Mental Hospital (1976–91), North Eastern Metropolitan Psychiatric Services (1992 –?)
  • Name: Ernest Jones Clinic (EJC)
  • Other names: Darebin Community Mental Health Centre (1996–97?)
  • Address: Hotham Street Preston 

Ernest Jones Clinic history in brief

In 1962, Ernest Jones Clinic (EJC) was established in Hotham Street, Preston. It was named after William Ernest Jones, Inspector- General of the Insane,1905–37.

EJC was a day hospital, providing outpatient assessment and treatment (including electroconvulsive therapy). Between 1976 and 1991, EJC was administered by Mont Park. Prior to this, EJC was administered by Larundel, and Pleasant View Centre.

EJC provided community-based psychiatric services to Preston and Northcote, and was administratively and clinically linked to North Eastern Metropolitan Psychiatric Services. EJC established and developed a group home program and developed Rosa Gilbert flats.

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Please note that the content of this administrative history is provided for general information only and does not purport to be comprehensive. The department does not guarantee the accuracy of this administrative history. For more information on the history of child welfare in Australia, see Find & Connect.

Source

  • Archival Services agency histories.
  • Australian Dictionary of Biography
  • Charles Brothers Historical Records collection, 1862-1995

Patient information

PLEASE NOTE: Patients could be admitted to a Receiving House for short-term treatment and care, but were not permitted to remain longer than two months.
Patients still needing treatment after two months could be sent to a Psychiatric Hospital, in the same institution/complex or another. Hence, there could be more than one set of records for any one person. Please check each location for former patient records.

List of records held by the department

For information relating to the central management of care leavers and wards of state, please consult the guide to Central department wardship and out-of-home care records. These collections date back to the 1860s and include ward registers, index cards and ward files.

Patient information


Female patient histories (1962-88)

File; Temporary

Content: Case histories of female patients who attended the Ernest Jones Clinic as psychiatric out patients.

These records give details of their treatment and progress at the clinic including:

  • patient personal details statement
  • details of physical and psychiatric examinations
  • psychiatric history
  • treatment sheets
  • nursing notes
  • dates of admission, readmission, discharge or death.

The files are in alphabetical order by patients’ family names. There are two alphabetical sequences with different date ranges: 1962–75 and 1976–88.


Male patient histories (1962-88)

File; Temporary

Content: Case histories of male patients attending the Ernest Jones Clinic as psychiatric outpatients. These records give details of their treatment and progress at the clinic including:

  • patient personal details statement
  • details of physical and psychiatric examinations
  • psychiatric history
  • treatment sheets
  • nursing notes
  • dates of admission, readmission, discharge or death.

The files are in alphabetical order by patients’ family names. There are two alphabetical sequences with different date ranges: 1962–75 and 1976–88.


Male and female patient histories (1988-97)

File; Temporary

Contents: Case histories of male and female outpatients who attended the Ernest Jones Clinic, or Darebin Community Mental Health Centre as it was later known, for psychiatric treatment. These records give details of their treatment and progress including:

  • patient personal details statement (name and address, date of birth, details of patient’s background, next of kin)
  • details of psychiatric condition
  • medication
  • psychiatrist’s notes about each session.

The files are arranged in alphabetical order by patients’ family names. Most files are also identified by a unit record (UR number).

There are two alphabetical sequences with different date ranges: 1988–95 (Ernest Jones Clinic) and 1996–97 (Darebin Community Mental Health Centre)


Modecate and fluphenazine decanoate patient treatment cards (1983-93)

Card; Temporary

Contents: This collection contains modecate and fluphenazine treatment cards that document the quantities of modecate given to patients. Details include:

  • patient name
  • dates medication was given
  • quantity given
  • remarks
  • nurse’s signature
  • patient’s UR number
  • patient’s address.

Each patient has several cards and they are range listed in alphabetical order.

Departmental information


Administrative records (1964-93)

File; Temporary and Permanent (Unappraised)

Content: This collection consists of a variety of administrative records created at the Ernest Jones Clinic. They include:

  • consultant psychiatrist's working papers
  • monthly appointment books
  • yearly registers of appointments
  • treatment records.
  • correspondence about the patients and staff
  • head office directives
  • clinic policies and procedures
  • research
  • community mental health clinics and research
  • statistics and assessment of psychiatric programs.

The files are ordered by subject and registers are chronologically arranged.

Reviewed 26 August 2016