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Witness seminar, Saturday 7 December
“Experiences of Deinstitutionalisation”
Conveners Kate Prebble and Cathy Coleborne
The aim of the seminar is to record the memories of people who were involved in the deinstitutionalisation of New Zealand mental hospitals between 1970 and 2000. Through a structured process of group discussion participants will be invited to share individual experiences and to discuss certain events and/or phenomena. Approximately 25 people from a range of backgrounds will be invited to participate. They will include: policy-makers, administrators, health professionals, service users, family members and advocates. Maori and non-Maori will be represented. Conference attendees will be invited as observers.