State of Tasmania
The Department of Health Services replaced the Public Health Department in 1956. The Department was responsible for public health, including, at first, mental health. In 1989, the Department of Health Services became the Department of Health.
Initially the Department of Health Services ran mental services, including Lachlan Park and Millbrook Rise Psychopathic Hospitals. In 1968, the Mental Health Services Commission took over responsibility for mental health. The two hospitals combined to form the Royal Derwent Hospital, run by its own Board.
1885 - 1903 Central Board of Health
1904 - 1956 Public Health Department
1956 - 1989 Department of Health Services
1989 - 1993 Department of Health
1993 - 1998 Department of Community and Health Services
1998 - Department of Health and Human Services
2018 - Department of Communities Tasmania
Sources used to compile this entry: Wettenhall, RL, A Guide to Tasmanian Government Administration, Platypus Publications, Hobart, 1968, 206 pp.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 5 March 2013, Last modified: 12 May 2014