Peat Island Centre was a government run institution established in July 1989. It was previously known as Peat Island Hospital. In 2001, responsibility for the facility was transferred to the Department of Ageing and Disability. Peat Island Centre closed in 2010.
In 1995, there were a number of allegations raised in the media of extensive sexual abuse and violence between patients. The Minister ordered an inquiry, particularly into the case of a male patient who allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted another female patient. Five staff faced disciplinary action, and others were investigated over misappropriation of funds, but no charges were laid.
1910 - 1917? Rabbit Island Hospital for the Insane
1917? - 1936 Rabbit Island Mental Hospital
1936 - 1973 Peat and Milson Islands Mental Hospital
1973 - 1989 Peat Island Hospital
1989 - 2010 Peat Island Centre
Sources used to compile this entry: Naomi Parry and Liam Hogan, 'Peat Island (c. 1904 - 2010)', published 1 July 2014 on the Find & Connect web resource (this version of the web page is no longer available online, however a PDF version is held in the Find & Connect project (FACP) files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre).
Prepared by: Rachel Tropea
Created: 13 November 2014, Last modified: 23 December 2014