The Health Act Amendment Act 1918 (9 Geo. V No. 7) was concerned with the spread of venereal disease and some amendments (section 242j) had an impact on young people in care. It was now compulsory for medical officers attached to industrial schools to examine residents who were suspected of having venereal disease (a power which was retained in the Act until repealed in 2004). The Act also enabled the Children's Court to order that a child suspected of having veneral disease be examined either before or after admission to an industrial school.
The Health Act Amendment Act 1918 also included a new Division which required all Maternity or 'lying-in') Homes to be licensed by the Commissioner of Health rather than under the State Children Act 1907.
Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Western Australia Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 1 May 2013, Last modified: 15 June 2018