FAQ - Mental Health

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What institutions does PROV hold records for?

PROV holds records for a large number of mental health institutions.  We have digitised a lot of the records.  Have a look at the list of digitised records we have here.

You can also use the advanced search function to search for institutions by name.


What mental health records does PROV have that have been digitised?

PROV has digitised a large amount of mental health records.   Search the records here.   The records may include both male and female patient registers and case books.

Please be aware that not all patients are listed in these registers. 

What if the person I am researching died in an institution?

Most deaths occuring in an asylum will have an inquest report.  Have a look at the page for further information about how to search and order inquest records.

What mental health records are closed at PROV?

Patient records are subject to a 75 year closure period under the Public Records Act 1973 as they contain personal information. For records in this category, it is necessary to apply for access directly to the agency that created the records, in this case the Department of Human Services. 

How do I access closed records?

For mental health/asylum records that are closed, it is necessary to apply for access directly to the agency that created the records, in this case the Department of Human Services. 

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