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Australian: Health Records
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This course looks at how health records can help with family history research. Records for general hospitals, maternity hospitals, asylums, sanatoriums and other health institutions will be looked at together with staff records. In addition it looks at selected epidemics and medical treatments that our ancestors might have been familiar with.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction to Health Records
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Introduction
 
Brief history of health in Australia
• Brief timeline
 
Epidemics
• Smallpox
• Bubonic plague
• Spanish Flu
• Poliomyelitis
 
Infectious disease hospitals
Occupational health issues
 
What are health records?
• Access
 
Resources for identifying & locating health records
• Archives
• Libraries
• Almanacs and Directories
• Newspapers
• Photographs
 
Summary
 

Module 2
General Hospital Records
Websites
Introduction
 
Why use hospital records?
• Types of hospital records
• Patient records
• Hospital buildings
 
Archives and Access
 
Public Hospitals
• Australian Capital Territory (Canberra)
• New South Wales
• Northern Territory
• Queensland
• South Australia
• Tasmania
• Victoria
• Western Australia
 
Private Hospitals
Subscription Websites
Summary
 

Module 3
Lying-In (Maternity) Hospitals
Websites
Introduction
Mortality Rate (Women and infants)
Lying-in hospitals
Midwives
Maternal and Child Welfare Clinics
Postpartum Depression
Indigence Allowance
Baby farming
Pregnancy Terminations
Summary
 

Module 4
Asylums
Websites
Introduction
What are asylums?
What the records tell us
Early History
 
Locating asylum records
• State Archives
• Access
• National Archives
 
Other resources
• Newspapers
• Photographs
• Subscription databases
• Specialist websites
 
Summary
 

Module 5
Other Health Institutions
Websites
Introduction
The voyage out and shipboard health
Quarantine stations
 
Sanatoriums
• Inebriate Institutes
 
Lazarets
 
Other institutions
• Dental hospitals
 
Museums, historical societies & genealogy/family history societies
• Ballarat and District Genealogical Society
• Western Australian Medical Museum
• Morisset Hospital Historical Society
• Nursing Museum, Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital
• Diamantina Health Care Museum
 
Summary
 

Module 6
Hospital Committees, Staff & Medical Treatments
Websites
Introduction
Hospital committees
 
Staff records
• Nurses and Midwives
 
General hospital staff
Dentists
Chemists, druggists and pharmacists
Specialist indexes
Professional associations and Trade unions
Hospital archives
 
Heritage associations
• Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association
 
Medical Treatments
Summary
 
Suggested Reading & Resources
• Microform
• CD ROM
• Books
• Articles
• Thesis
 
 

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