The Health and Home Affairs Department was abolished on 26 Sep 1963, and the Health Department was established as an agency responsible to a Minister without other portfolio.
In 1963 the Health Department maintained the administrative control of all health, medical and allied services which it had assumed under the Health Act of 1937, and the Hospitals Acts of 1923, 1936, and 1944. The divisional structure of the Health and Medical Services Branch reflected departmental health priorities and functions: Division of Public Health Supervision including the Sections of Epidemiology, Air Pollution, Hansen's Disease, Enthetic Diseases, Food and Drugs, Environmental Sanitation and Hookworm Control; Divisions of Tuberculosis, Industrial Medicine, Maternal and Child Welfare, School Health, Psychiatric Services, Welfare and Guidance, Laboratory Services, Geriatrics, Nursing, Social Work and the Flying Surgeon Service.
As at 1 July 2004, the principal responsibilities were:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Alcohol and Drug Services
Community Health Services
Health Care for Special Needs Groups
Home and Community care - to 13 Sep 2006
Mental health (from 13 Sep 2006 - 13 Apr 2007 jointly with Communities Department)
Nursing Homes and Hostels - from 13 Sep 2006 - 13 Apr 2007, Communities Department
Registration of Health Professionals
From1 Jul 2008:
Offender Health Services of Prisoners
From 13 Sep 2006 the following functions were transferred to the Department of Communities:
home and community care
mental health including policy and legislation - to 13 Apr 2007
aged and residential care facilities - to 13 Apr 2007
non-government organizations' contract administration
In 1963 the Department of Health retained the structure established in 1935 with the Director-General of the Health and Medical Services Branch responsible for health administration in Queensland. Major changes were implemented in 1991 with the re-organisation of central administration, and regionalisation. The Health Services Act 1991 abolished hospital boards and established Regional Health Authorities responsible for the provision of health services. The 13 Regional Directors and the Directors of the 4 functional Divisions including Public Health Services were directly responsible to the Director-General of Queensland Health. Under the Health Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1996, the regional authorities were dissolved and replaced by Health Service Districts which were given responsibility for the delivery of health services in their communities. In 2001, the Health Services Division is responsible for direct health service delivery through Health Service Districts, public health services and the provision of support services. District Health Councils identify and assess the health service needs in their districts, and monitor service delivery.
On 9 May 1991, the Minister for Health announced that the Department of Health would be known as Queensland Health.
Minister for Health, 26 Sep 1963 -
From 6 Feb 1986- 9 Dec 1987, the Health portfolio was combined with Environment; from 31 Aug 1989 - 25 Sep 1989 with Attorney-General's; from 22 Feb 2001- 22 Feb 2004 the Minister for Health was also the Minister Assisting the Premier on Women's Policy
Registrar of Friendly Societies, 26 Sep 1963 - 20 Jun 1972
Board of Optometrical Registration, 26 Sep 1963 - c. 1986
Speech Therapists Board, 24 Apr 1980 - 18 Dec 1992
State Council of the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade, c. 1967 -c. 1991
Regional Health Authorities, 1 Jul 1991 - 20 Dec 1996
Hospital Foundations, c. 1982 -
Patient Review Tribunals, 1 Jul 1985 -
District Health Councils, 20 Dec 1996 -
Under Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 3) 2012, the Department of Health was renamed Queensland Health on 3 April 2012.