An ABC Radio article about the archiving of 150,000 historical documents has highlighted the history of mental illness in Victoria's institutions from 1853 to 1940.
Neami CEO Arthur Papakotsias, was interviewed for the article and shared his own experiences of working as a psychiatric nurse at the Larundel Mental Hospital in the early 80's.
Mr Papakotsias said, "What I saw was a mixture of really excellent practice by a lot of very young and highly motivated and aspirational staff, and I also saw some very bad practices from staff, and I'd have to say a number of them had been trained a number of decades ago."
Reflecting on the changes in mental health support over the decades, Mr Papakotsias said, "For a long time those institutions represented a view of 'out of sight, out of mind' […] We've still got a long way to go but I'd like to think people in society have moved on considerably."
You can read the full article, on the ABC Radio website.