The Centralian advocate Fri 15 Jul 2011
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24 Centralian Advocate, Friday, July 15, 2011 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 2 4 C O L O R : C M Y K 2 4 0 2 0 5 / 1 2 s e You are Invited!! Peter Aspin 0401 399 325 Bruce Mahlangu 0432 394 106 Sundays 10am OLSH Hall, Bath Street Grace Church Alice Springs Amazi ng 2 9 0 2 0 5 /1 2 s e NEWS BLAST from the PAST From the Centralian Advocate, July 14,1961 Troy Walsh A grand show of progress The tremendous task of improvement ofbuildings and extension of medical services had to be undertaken with limited resources of medical and nursing staff at a time when the whole nation was facing similar problems WORK started on the new Emergency Department at the Alice Springs Hospital this week. Money was allocated in the 2007/2008 NT Government Budget for the project but it is only after the Federal Government has contributed funds and a few years will have passed that Alice Springs will get its upgrade. Fifty years ago on July 14, 1961 the Centralian Advocate reported on the new plans for improving the old Alice Springs Hospital on Stuart Terrace. The Minister for Health, Dr. A Cameron, said in Alice Springs on Sunday that his Department hoped to add a new operating theatre and midwifery block to the Alice Springs hospital. At the close of the war, the department of health was given responsibility of taking over from the Army all hospitals and medical services in the Northern Territory. After six years of war, much had to be done to provide services for the returning civil population. Rehabilitation of hospitals and provisions of staff were the immediate problems, Dr. Cameron said. He went on: The tremendous task of improvement of buildings and extension of medical services had to be undertaken with limited resources of medical and nursing staff at a time when the whole nation was facing similar problems. But these things illustrate the progress made. In Alice Springs a new ward and nurses home have been constructed; a separate childrens ward established; the old wards renovated and the new outpatients block is nearing completion. The maternity unit and operating theatre were a few years down the track. According to Healing the Heart: 60 Years of Alice Springs Hospital 1939-1999 by Pauline Cockrill, the maternity unit and operating theatre were not opened until 1963/4. Mental health services were an issue back then as they are now. The Centralian Advocate reported in 1961: Last week Mr Jock Nelson MP criticised medical facilities in the Territory, particularly with regard to the treatment of the mentally ill. Dr. Cameron responded by saying: The handling of mental illness is underg o i n g a r e v o l u t i o n throughout Australia, with a new emphasis on early treatment, often at outpatient level and consequently, with a quick rehabilitation and integration within the community rather than long term incarceration. This trend is being watched closely by my department and any new facilities for the help of the mentally ill in the Northern Territory will be based on this approach. A seminar titled The Case for an Apology by the Australian Mental Health Professions to Aboriginal and Islander peoples will be held at the Centre for Remote Health, Tuesday, August 2. Get into history and win a grant CENTRAL Australians are encouraged to further research the history of the NT, with the Territory Government offering $50,000 worth of grants. Minister for Arts and Museums Gerry McCarthy said: I encourage historians, artists, students, community organisations and anyone who can contribute original research to the telling of the Territorys history to apply for a Northern Territory History Grant for up to $7000 in funding. As we look to our future and our centenary year, its even more important and fitting to take stock and look at our past to see how the Territory has grown. The grants are intended to help with expenses incurred while conducting research. They were established by the government to commemorate the attainment of self-government on July 1, 1978. Applications for the grants close on August 5. Visit www.nt.gov.au/nreta/ntas/grants.