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Agency ID640
TitleQueensland Radium Institute
Agency TypeHealth/Hospital Service
Start Date 2/3/1944
End Date 30/6/1991
Date NotesN/A

Responsible for the duties and responsibilities of the treatment of cancer patients in Queensland hospitals.

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5118Minute Books 12/4/1944 6/12/1977
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Controlling Agencies

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126Health and Home Affairs Department 2/3/1944 26/9/1963
105Department of Health 26/9/1963 30/6/1991
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette, Vol CXLIV, No. 110, 1935, p. 1896
Health Acts Amendment Act 1945
Queensland Government Gazette, Vol VLXII, No. 48, 1944, pp. 550 - 551
Queensland Government Gazette, Vol CCXIV, No. 13, 1963, p. 273
Health and Home Affairs Department. 'Outline of the Department's Affairs', 1957 - 1963
Queensland Radium Institute Annual Reports, Queensland Parliamentary Papers, 1944 - 1991
Patrick, Ross. A History of Health and Medicine in Queensland 1824 - 1960, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia 1987, pp. 182 - 187
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Establishing Health Acts Amendment Act 1945
Abolishing Health Services Act 1991
Administered Health Act 1937
Hospitals Act 1936
Health Acts Amendment Act 1943
Hospitals Acts 1936 - 1943
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The Queensland Radium Institute (QRI) was formed following the visit to Australia of Dr. Ralston Paterson and Dr. Edith Paterson who came at the invitation of the Commonwealth Government to advise on the treatment of cancer in the various states. The QRI was charged with the duties and responsibilities of the treatment of cancer patients in Queensland hospitals. The QRI was managed by a council chaired by the Director-General of Health and Medical Services. Day to day management was the responsibility of the Director.

The main centre, medical and administrative, was located at Royal Brisbane Hospital. Sub-centres were established at the following public hospitals:
- The Mater Misericordiae, Public Hospital, South Brisbane
- Cairns and Townsville
- Mackay and Rockhampton
- Bundaberg and Maryborough
- Toowoomba
- Gold Coast
- Mt Isa
- Longreach and Charleville

Joint (multi-disciplinary) clinics were held at Royal Brisbane Hospital, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, South Brisbane, and the Princess Alexandria Hospital, Brisbane. Consulting doctors regularly held clinics at the Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane and the Repatriation General Hospital, Brisbane.

The QRI also acted as an advisory centre for radiotherapy in Papua New Guinea and periodically provided consulting staff at Port Moresby Hospital.

Treatment provided by the QRI was free to all patients in public wards. Transportation, equipment, facilities and staff costs were borne by the Health Department and various Hospitals.

The QRI was required to establish and maintain statistics on the diagnosis, treatment, equipment etc. and advise on the purchase of the diagnostic X-Ray equipment for Queensland public hospitals.

The Queensland Radium Institute ceased to exist on 30 Jun 1991 following the re-organisation of health services under the "Health Services Act 1991".

Minister for Health, 26 Sep 1963 - 30 Jun 1991
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID640, Queensland Radium Institute
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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