State government department responsible for the provision and management of health care services. The Health Department was established in 1982 following the abolishment of the New South Wales Health Commission. The branch of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Pathology was under the authority of the Department and was restructured in the 1990s to form a more streamlined approach to public health and safety. The department underwent further structural changes in 2009 when it was established as the Department of Health. Two years later, the department was restructured and renamed the Ministry of Health.