Woman’s snap­shot of med­i­cal news cat­a­logued


A woman who was ‘‘wrongly in­sti­tu­tion­alised’’ in a men­tal health cen­tre for 50 years will have a decade of her re­search cat­a­logued by Auck­land Li­braries.

Ali­son Pascoe do­nated her re­search last week to Sir Ge­orge Grey Spe­cial Col­lec­tions, which is part of Auck­land Li­braries and holds manuscripts and rare doc­u­ments.

The re­search is a com­pi­la­tion of ar­ti­cles about dis­abil­i­ties and med­i­cal news from the New Zealand Her­ald, New Zealand Lis­tener and Metro Mag­a­zine.

Pascoe, who was born in Mt Al­bert, said she hoped it would be used as a snap­shot of what hap­pened in the health sec­tor be­tween 2001 and 2009.

From a young age Pascoe suf­fered en­cephali­tis, an acute in­flam­ma­tion of the brain, which caused her to have be­havioural prob­lems.

Her fam­ily de­cided to send her to Kingseat Hos­pi­tal when she was eight years old. Three years later Pascoe was moved to Car- ring­ton Hos­pi­tal re­mained un­til 1990.

Pascoe said the rea­son she did the re­search was to change peo­ples’ at­ti­tudes, to stop prej­u­dices and to cre­ate pos­i­tive think­ing about dis­abil­ity.

Man­u­script li­brar­ian Kate DeCourcy said hav­ing the in­for­ma­tion com­piled in scrap­books cre­ated a one-stop shop. where she


Ali­son Pascoe hopes the re­search will be used as a snap­shot of what ap­peared in the me­dia around health­care be­tween 2001 and 2009.

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