Department of Health (Western Australia)

The Department of Health is a Western Australian government department responsible for regulating and advancing health within the state. It manages a system of multiple Health Service Providers (HSPs) which make up Western Australia's public health system, and is collectively referred to as WA Health. WA Health covers a state which spans over 2.5 million square kilometres, making it the world's largest single health authority by area.

Department of Health Western Australia
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Western Australia
Agency executive
  • Dr David Russell-Weisz, Director General


The Public Health Department of Western Australia operated between 1911 and 1984.[1] It merged with Mental Health Services and the Department of Hospital and Allied Services in July 1984, to become the Health Department of Western Australia.[2] In September 2001 it was renamed to the Department of Health.[3]

Preceding agencies

  • Medical Department, 1 January 1850  1 October 1906
  • Central Board of Health, 17 November 1886  31 May 1911
  • Public Health Department of Western Australia, 1 June 1911  30 June 1984
  • Department of Hospital and Allied Services, 30 April 1981  30 June 1984

See also


  1. Snow, Dudley; Western Australia. Public Health Department (1981), The progress of public health in Western Australia, 1829-1977, Public Health Dept. : distributed by University of Western Australia Press, ISBN 978-0-7244-8478-2
  2. "AU WA A36 - Health Department of Western Australia". State Records Office of Western Australia. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. "Alteration of Statutory Designations Order (No. 3) 2001" (PDF). Western Australia Government Gazette. 7 September 2001. p. 4995.

Further reading

  • Western Australia. Public Health Dept (1979), A history of the State Health Laboratory Services : 1903-1978, Public Health Dept., W.A, ISBN 978-0-7244-8134-7
  • Briscoe, Gordon; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (2003), Counting, health and identity : a history of Aboriginal health and demography in Western Australia and Queensland, 1900-1940, Acoriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, ISBN 978-0-85575-447-1
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