Rosanna Forensic Psychiatry Centre (1986 - 2000)


  • Auspice: Department of Health II 1985-1992 ; Department of Health and Community Services 1992-1996 ; Department of Human Services I 1996-2010
  • Name: Rosanna Forensic Psychiatry Centre
  • Address: Mont Park Hospital, Bundoora

Rosanna Forensic Psychiatry Centre history in brief

In 1986, the Rosanna Forensic Psychiatry Service opened at the (former) Mont Park/Bundoora Psychiatric and Repatriation Hospitals complex.

In April 2000, the Rosanna Forensic Psychiatry Centre in Mont Park closed and patients were transferred to the new purpose-built Thomas Embling Hospital.

Warning about distressing information

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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. See Find & Connect  for more detail on the history of child welfare in Australia.

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 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.

Rosanna Forensic Psychiatry Centre Leave of Absence Requests (1990–93)

Document; Temporary

Contents: Documented requests (forms) by security patients for special leave of absence. Leave of absence was granted at the discretion of the authorised psychiatrist and may be overnight or at other times.

Contents include: patient name, hospital, date of proposed leave, reason for leave, name and address of a guardian and whether or not leave was granted. 

The forms detail:

  • patients name
  • where they are hospitalised
  • the date(s) of leave requested 
  • reason for leave (personal or medical)
  • address
  • medication
  • name of person responsible for the patient during leave
  • psychiatrist's signature
  • conditions set for duration of leave 

The forms are boxed in chronological order.

Reviewed 19 September 2016