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Journal Article

Bialestock, D.
Neglected babies: a study of 289 babies admitted consecutively to a reception centre
Medical Journal of Australia
vol. 2, 1966, pp. 1129-1133

This article is one of the earliest investigations into child abuse in Victoria. Bialestock studied medical and police records of babies and families admitted to Allambie Reception Centre in Melbourne over twenty months. She found that these babies had poor health and development progress, and recommended changes to reception centres and babies homes to improve standards. Bialestock called for 'immediate allocations of revenue to prevent this situation . . . if the[se children] . . . are to be allowed to grow into adults able to live in dignity and to work to contribute to our economy. We must not sentence these children to a lifelong need for State support'.