The first Medical Adviser to the Government was appointed in 1848 with responsibility for the general supervision of the colony's medical institutions after the Convict Medical Establishment was discontinued. All correspondence by medical officers was to be directed through him, and he was to prepare returns required by the government (1).
The Medical Adviser's responsibilities gradually widened to include the presidency of the Board of Health, and supervision of the various health inspectors. In February 1904 the whole of the public health organization was brought under control of the Colonial Secretary's Department, the Board of Health and the Health Officer of Port Jackson having previously been under the control of the Colonial Treasurer (2). Following the consolidation of the departments of the Board of Health and Chief Medical Officer to the Government (as the Medical Adviser was then known), a Department of Public Health was established in April 1904, with the President of the Board of Health classified as its permanent head (3).
(1) "Concise Guide" 2nd Edition, "D - G", "Government Medical Adviser" p.40.
(2) Public Service List, 1856 - 1904.
(3) Government Gazette, 15/04/1904 p.3049.