Date: 3 August
100 Years Results in Book
The Waikato health sector will next week celebrate the launch of a book called Changing Times, Changing Places: From Tokanui Hospital to Mental Health Services in the Waikato.
The book launch on Friday 10 August at 4.45pm coincides with the 100 year anniversary (on 17 July 2012) of the first patients being admitted to Tokanui Hospital near Te Awamutu.
“They arrived by train from Wellington, were dropped off at Te Mawhai siding and walked to the hospital,” said Waikato District Health Board Mental Health and Addiction Services co-ordinator John Graham.
Mr Graham is a member of the Waikato Mental Health History Group, which was formed in 2006 and comprises people from Waikato DHB, University of Waikato and Te Awamutu Museum.
The group’s goal was to publish a book covering the history of mental health services in the Waikato over the past 100 years, to coincide with the centenary of the opening of Tokanui Hospital.
That book has come to fruition and will be launched in the Bryant Education Centre Auditorium at Waikato Hospital.
The guest speaker at the event will be Dr Janice Wilson who is currently the Health Quality and Safety Commission chief executive, but was previously the Director of Mental Health and Mental Health chief advisor for the Ministry of Health from 1993-2000.
“Changing Times, Changing Places is the result of many years of work dating back to the 50th jubilee publication in 1962, which was followed by Dr Roger McLaren’s History of Tokanui Hospital 1912-1997 – an oral history project,” said Mr Graham.
“Te Awamutu Museum also mounted an exhibition in 2006 entitled Footprints in the Land which focused on Tokanui’s history and contributed to this book.”