Tasmania's Heritage

Agency Details

Agency Number: TA14
Title: MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES COMMISSION
Start Date: 01 Jul 1968
End Date: 20 Apr 1993
Description:

Provide mental health care in the areas of psychiatric illness, intellectual disability and alcohol and drug abuse. These services were delivered through long term hospital accomodation, day patient facilities and community centres in the major population area of the State. The Mental Health Services Act established the Commission to replace a Division of the Department of Health Services.

Following a major reorganisation of the Tasmanian State Service, Mental Health Services were again amalgamated into the Department of Health and absorbed into its new regional structure on 17 July 1989. Services for the intellectually disabled were, at the same time, transferred to the Department of Community Services.

The Commission was not formally abolished until 1993.

Information Sources:

Legislation Administered:

Mental Health Act 1963, Mental Health Services Act 1967, Mental Institution Benefits (Agreement) Act 1949, Psychologists Registration Act 1976, Psychopathic Hospital Act 1932, Psychopathic Hospital (Golf Course) Act 1939

Legislation Creating:

Mental Health Services Act 1967 (No24 of 1967) & SR1968/87

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Mental Health Services (Repeal) Act 1993

Functions Performed:
4 COMMUNITY SERVICES [1]
11 HEALTH CARE [1]
Controlled Agencies:
TA155 BOARD OF MANAGEMENT - ROYAL DERWENT HOSPITAL 01 Jul 1968 30 Nov 2000
Previous Agencies:
TA13 DIVISION OF PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES 02 Apr 1963 01 Jul 1968
Subsequent Agencies:
TA770 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 17 Jul 1989 03 Feb 1993
TA769 DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES 17 Jul 1989 03 Feb 1993
Related Agencies:
TA10 GUARDIANSHIP BOARD 01 Jan 1963 01 Sep 1997
Series Created By Agency:
AA8  CASE FILES OF PERSONS EXAMINED. 08 Sep 1922 02 Jan 1978
AA9  PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION PAPERS OF PEOPLE TESTED. 01 Jan 1923 31 Dec 1970
AF525  STAFF CARDS 01 Jan 1940 31 Dec 1983
AA1  CORRESPONDENCE FILES. 01 Jan 1940 31 Dec 1989
AA474  STAFF FILES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO RETIRED OR RESIGNED PRIOR TO 1980. 01 Jan 1945 31 Dec 1980
AB531  MINUTE BOOKS. 01 Dec 1967 16 Oct 1991
AD669  ANNUAL REPORTS. 01 Jan 1968 31 Dec 1988
HSD294  OFFICE OF CO-ORDINATOR IN COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES - PAPERS RELATING TO TASMAN BRIDGE RESEARCH COMMITTEE. 01 Jan 1975 31 Dec 1975
HSD293  OFFICE OF CO-ORDINATOR IN COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES - PAPERS RELATING TO 1977 COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRISONS. 01 Jan 1977 31 Dec 1977