Division of Forensic Medicine
Established in 1961, the Division of Forensic Medicine was a specially formed division within the Department of Public Health. It had previously been known as the Government Medical Officers Branch. The division was located within the Glebe Coroner’s Court along Parramatta Road, opposite the University of Sydney. In the early 1970s, the division was responsible for performing all autopsies to bodies that came under the authority of the Sydney City Coroner. The Forensic Pathology department also undertook medical investigations regarding aircraft crashes and provided post-graduate training to medical practitioners. The division furthermore performed functions regarding forensic biology, including providing services to the New South Wales Police. The operating functions of the division ceased in 1991 when it was re-established as the Institute of Forensic Medicine.