William Andrew Dibden, AM Psychiatrist; director of Mental Health Services in South Australia,1967-78; president, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 1965-66.
Born Sydney, March 22, 1914. Died Adelaide, October 17, aged 79. Dibden established the South Australian Association of Mental Health; and, as its leader he was largely responsible for raising public money to found a chair of mental health at Adelaide University. During his period as director of Mental Health Services in South Australia, he rewrote the mental health legislation – a body of work which foreshadowed the reforms of the civil rights movement and that of Brian Burdekin. Dibden graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1939.A detailed list of the papers can be found here: William Andrew Dibden, AM. Papers 1979-1991. MSS 0073