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Treating the Troubled Mind: Historical Tour

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Join us on a coach tour journey through the evolution of Australian mental health treatment, from colonial times to the cutting-edge, holistic treatments now being provided at Westmead.

As the centre of governance throughout much of the colonial period, Parramatta also became the location of many early medical institutions, including asylums. In more recent times Westmead Hospitals have become a centre for medical innovation and excellence, including in the treatment of mental health. Parramatta thus serves as a microcosm of the development of psychiatric medicine in Australia and the resultant improvements in treatments.

This coach tour will visit the sites of the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum (1848-1963), Rydalmere Psychiatric Hospital (1888-1980s) and the Cumberland Hospital and the Glengarriff Museum of Mental Health  to examine the science behind the treatment of mental health in Australia and discover the outcomes of its implementation.

It will conclude with a presentation by A/Professor Beth Kotze, Director of Mental Health at Westmead Mental Health Services, detailing the latest advances in mental health treatment.

Please wear comfortable shoes. Bring lunch, snacks, water and a hat.