Agency VA 652
Health Commission of Victoria
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Date Range: 1978 - 1985
 
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In 1978, following the proclamation of the Health Commission Act 1977 (No.9023), the Health Commission of Victoria was established. This occurred in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee of Inquiry into Hospital and Health Services in Victoria, whose report had been presented to the Minister of Health in July 1975.

The establishment of the Health Commission represented a major re-organisation of health services in Victoria and for the first time responsibility for the central administration of health services rested with a single agency. The Health Commission assumed responsibility for all functions previously administered by the Department of Health I (VA 695), the Mental Health Authority (VA 692), the Commission of Public Health (VA 694) and the Hospitals and Charities Commission (VA 693).

Municipalities (VRG 12) continued to have a significant role in the provision of health services.

The responsibilities of the Health Commission were initially administered by three divisions: Public Health Division, Hospitals Division and Mental Health Division. In 1981 a Mental Retardation Division was established assuming responsibility for programmes which had previously been the responsibility of the Mental Health Division.

In 1985 major changes in the administration and provision of health services were given effect by a series of Administrative Arrangement Orders, (numbers 30, 31, 36, 37, 41 and 42), amendments to the Public Service Act 1974 and the Health Amendment Act 1985 (No.10262). Many services which had been traditionally regarded as health services were redefined as community services and responsibility for these functions was transferred to the Department of Community Services (VA 2633).

The Department of Health II (commonly known as the Health Department) (VA 2695) was established by Order of the Governor in Council under the Public Service Act 1974 on 26 August 1985. The powers and responsibilities of the Health Commission of Victoria and its Chairman were vested in the
Department of Health II and its Chief General Manager.

NOTE: For further information about the administration of health services in Victoria see VRG 39 Health.

Location of Records

There are very few records of the Health Commission of Victoria in the custody of the Public Record Office. Researchers are advised to consult the list below and the List of Holdings 2nd edition, 1985, sections 3.11.1 and 3.11.2. As municipal councils had a significant role in the administration of public health, see also VRG 12 Municipalities and the List of Holdings section 10.0.0. For records of individual health and welfare agencies see VRG 8 and the List of Holdings section 8.0.0.
 
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? 1923 - ? 1983 Registers to VPRS 4523 General Correspondence Files and Summary List of VPRS 4524 Minute Sheets VPRS 4525 North Melbourne Open
? 1927 - ? 1986 Building Plans and Blue Line Drawings of Public Hospitals VPRS 5344 North Melbourne Open
? 1936 - ? 1986 "Closed" Agency and General Correspondence Files VPRS 4523 North Melbourne Open
? 1952 - 1983 General Correspondence Files (Mental Health) VPRS 6344 North Melbourne Closed
? 1952 - 1988 Public Building Sketch Plans VPRS 8056 North Melbourne Open
? 1970 - 1983 Register of General Correspondence Files (Mental Health) VPRS 8788 North Melbourne Open
? 1974 - 1982 General Indexes to Public Building Files and Plans VPRS 8043 North Melbourne Open
1912 - 1983 Master Inpatient Index Cards (also known as Statistical Record Cards), Chief Psychiatrist VPRS 17945 North Melbourne Closed
1927 - 1995 Maternal and Child Health Service (Infant Welfare) Photographic Collection VPRS 16682 North Melbourne Open
1927 - 1995 Maternal and Child Health Services (Infant Welfare) Reports VPRS 16683 North Melbourne Open
1944 - 1986 General Correspondence Files (General Health Branch ?1944-1978; Public Health Division 1978-1986) VPRS 14836 North Melbourne Open
1952 - 1983 Alphabetical Subject Index to General Correspondence Files (Mental Health) VPRS 8787 North Melbourne Open
1955 - ? 1986 Agency Files: Multiple Number VPRS 14845 North Melbourne Undetermined
1962 - 1980 Child Minding Centre Files (Single Number) VPRS 3876 North Melbourne Open
1970 - 1995 Admission Index Cards Alcohol and Drug Services VPRS 18381 North Melbourne Closed
1978 - 1986 General Correspondence Files VPRS 14831 North Melbourne Undetermined
1981 - 1990 General Correspondence Files (Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disability) VPRS 6352 North Melbourne Open
1983 - 1993 Psychiatric Services Hospital Administration Files (Head Office) VPRS 8827 North Melbourne Closed
1983 - 1993 Psychiatric Programs Policy (General Correspondence) Files VPRS 8828 North Melbourne Part Open
By 1924 - 1988 Public Building Files VPRS 7882 North Melbourne Open
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1978 - 1985 Hospitals and charities VF 67
1978 - 1985 Health, mental VF 128
1978 - 1985 Health, public VF 125
1979 - 1985 Welfare services (pre-school children) VF 251
- 1982 Hospital superannuation VF 70
- 1983 Health sciences branch VF 114
- 1985 Plumbers/gasfitters, registration/regulation of VF 457
1985 - 1985 Intellectual disability services VF 249
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1978 - 1985 Cemeteries VF 28
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1978 - 1985 Hamilton Base Hospital VA 1268
1978 - 1985 Gresswell Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre (previously Gresswell Tuberculosis Sanatorium 1933-1970) VA 5077
1978 - 1985 Heatherton Hospital (previously known as Heatherton Sanatorium 1913-1974; Heatherton Hospital 1974-1995; Alfred Healthcare Group - Heatherton Campus 1995-1998) VA 5081
1978 - 1985 Smith Street Clinic VA 5092
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1978 - 1985 Health VRG 39