- 1946-07-01 - (Creation)
- 1946-07-01 - (Accumulation)
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In 1886 the Public Health Act established the Central Board of Health, which was responsible for the Local Boards of Health and all public health matters. It was referred to from about 1904 as the Public Health Department.
The Public Health Department and the Medical Department (which was mainly concerned with hospitals) amalgamated on 1 October 1906 under the Principal Medical Officer, Dr Lovegrove, who also became President of the Central Board of Health.
The Public Health Act of 1911 created the Department of Public Health under a Commissioner of Public Health responsible to a Minister of the Crown. The title of Principal Medical Officer was also retained. The Public Service Lists show the Department as being amalgamated until 1955. From 1956-1979 Medical and Public Health are shown as separate departments. In 1979 they were again amalgamated and on 30 April 1981 they split into the Public Health Department and the Department of Hospital and Allied Services. On 1 May 1984, the Public Health Department, the Department of Hospital and Allied Services, and the Mental Health Services amalgamated once again as the Health Department of Western Australia.
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These statistical registers were maintained by the Public Health Department to record the number of patients admitted to, or visiting, hospitals throughout Western Australia.
The registers are of two basic types - for departmental hospitals and non-departmental hospitals.
As well as hospitals in regional areas of the State, the registers also record statistical information for the following Perth and metropolitan hospitals: King Edward Memorial Hospital, Sunset Hospital, Mt Henry Hospital, Wooroloo Hospital (departmental hospitals) as well as the Perth Children's Hospital and (Royal) Perth Hospital (non-departmental hospitals). The registers also have separate statistical entries for Native Hospitals throughout the State.
For each hospital, the registers record: the particulars of statistical entry; adjustments to amounts; month; number of individual patients (i.e. monthly admissions); number of patients treated; number of deaths; baby days; occupancy (bed days); number of outpatients.
The registers do not record individual patient information.