Compulsory detention / notification: legislation and administration of venereal disease in Australia and New Zealand

Scope and Content

Consists of:

- forms to be used by a medical practitioner who is treating someone for venereal diseases with a list of clinics where a person could attend, and a card for a person being treated

- answers to a questionnaire about treatment of venereal disease in Australia with statistics showing cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea from 1916-1924

- manuscript notes on treating venereal disease in Queen Victoria Women's Hospital Melbourne


- leaflet 'An act to amend the Police Act 1892', assented to in 1902, Western Australia

- pamphlet 'An act to amend the Health Act 1911-1915', no 17 of 1918, Western Australia

- pamphlet 'Venereal disease regulations under The Public Health Act 1903', Hobart: John Vail, 1917

- pamphlet 'The treatment and laboratory diagnosis of venereal diseases. For use of medical practitioners', Department of Public Health, Perth, 1917

- pamphlet 'The Public Health Further Amendment Act 1917'

- leaflet 'An act to further amend 'The Public Health Act 1903', Tasmania, 1918

- pamphlet 'Venereal diseases' issued by the Department of Public Health, Tasmania, 1919

- pamphlet 'Legislation and administration in regard to venereal disease with special reference to Western Australia', by Everitt Atkinson, Perth, 1921

- 'The effect of legislative control on the incidence of ante-natal syphilis' by JHL Cumpston, pages from 'The Medical Journal of Australia' vol 2, Aug 1921

- pamphlet 'Section 30. Public Hygiene reprinted from 'The official year book of the Commonwealth' no 15, 1922

- 'A survey of the effect of venereal disease legislation in Western Australia for a period of five years', page from 'The Medical Journal of Australia' (Jan 1922)

- pamphlet 'Report of the commonwealth and states of Australia conference on venereal diseases. Melbourne, 3 Feb 1922'

- pamphlet 'Tasmania. Department of Public Health. Annual Reports' for 1917 to 1922

- 'Venereal diseases. Effect of legislation' 1922 from report of the Royal Commission

- pamphlet 'Notification. Its trial and failure by anti-syphilophobia', Wellington, New Zealand: Ferguson and Osborn Ltd, 1922

- pamphlet 'Department of Public Health', Perth, 1923

- 'Treatment of venereal disease in other countries' page from 'The Medical Journal of Australia' (Sep 1924)

Press cuttings:

- 'Parents, beware' concerning increase in venereal diseases in New Zealand from 'The White Ribbon', (18 Jul 1942)