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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Public health

At Federation the Commonwealth was responsible for quarantine functions, while other health responsibilities remained with the states. However by 1921 the Commonwealth Department of Health was established to assist in better coordination of health functions between state and federal governments. The department was responsible for quarantine, administration of Commonwealth health subsidies, establishment and control of research laboratories, and public health education. The South Australian division of the department was set up the same year and continued until it was abolished in 1987, when the Department of Community Services and Health was created.

Records held by the Archives relating to public health in South Australia include correspondence, research and case files.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO PUBLIC HEALTH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Sydney and Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Health, Divisional Office/(from 1974) Regional Office, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1952–91 D761
Pharmaceutical Benefits Committee records, 1965–91 D5242
Project files – standard monitoring records, 1965– D588
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Community Services and Health, State Office, South Australia
Project files – community care records, 1985–94 D4607
Sydney and Adelaide
Recorded by: Director of Social Services, South Australia
Rehabilitation case files, 1945–94 D922
Project files – subsidies, 1950–97 D1547
Correspondence files, 1976–83 D852
SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO PUBLIC HEALTH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Influenza – South Australia, 1918–22 A457, 501/20
Myrtlebank Hospital, South Australia, 1935 A458, P368/5
Adelaide
Collotype engraving from original photograph, Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace, plus copyright form, 1906 D4477, 713
Medical examination of immigrants, 1913 D596, 1913/3714
Photograph of Trans-Australian Railway dispensary hospital car, 1915–35 B3104, volume 4
Flying Doctor Service – Trans and Central Australian Railways, 1948–86 B300, 8786 part 1

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