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Tuesday, 14 June 2005
Page: 189


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 8 April 2005:

(1)   By state and territory, what are the locations of permanent blood banks in regional and rural Australia.

(2)   In each of the financial years 2003-04 and 2004-05 to date, which locations in regional and rural Australia have had permanent blood bank services withdrawn, and in each case: (a) what was the responsible decision-making body; (b) when was the service withdrawn; and (c) did community consultation precede the decision to withdraw the service.

(3)   In each of the financial years 2003-04 and 2004-05 to date, which locations in regional and rural Australia have had permanent blood bank services reduced, and in each case: (a) what was the responsible decision-making body; (b) when was the service reduced; (c) what was the nature of the reduction; and (d) did community consultation precede the decision to reduce the service.

(4)   In each case where a permanent blood bank service has been withdrawn, has a mobile blood donor service been instituted; if so, does this mobile blood donor service provide an equivalent donor facility.

(5)   Has the withdrawal or reduction of blood donor services in regional and rural Australia had any impact on blood donations; if so, can that impact be quantified.

(6)   Has the Government taken any action to maintain permanent blood bank services in regional and rural Australia; if so, what action and what result can be attributed to that action; if not, why not.


Senator Patterson (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The location of permanent blood banks in regional and rural Australia at 26 April 2005 is listed by State at Table 1.  These locations are determined by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service which is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the states.

Table 1: Permanent blood banks - regional and rural areas.

New South Wales

Northern

Territory

Queensland

Tasmania

Victoria

Western

Australia

Albury

Alice Springs

Nambour

Launceston

Ballarat

Rockingham

Armidale

Southport

Burnie

Bendigo

Albany

Coffs Harbour

Townsville

Devonport

Geelong

Broome

Dubbo

Cairns

Sale

Bunbury

Gosford

Mackay

Hamilton

Geraldton

Wyong

Maryborough

Horsham

Kalgoorlie

Woy Woy

Rockhampton

Latrobe

Port Hedland

Goulburn

Toowoomba

Warragul

Griffith

Bundaberg

Mildura

Kempsey

Gladstone

Shepparton

Lismore

Gympie

Swan Hill

Newcastle

Wangaratta

Maitland

Warrnambool

Cessnock

Orange

Tamworth

Taree

Wagga Wagga

Wollongong