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Thursday, 11 November 1976
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Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) In which hospitals throughout Australia are renal units located.

(2)   What progress has been made in the consideration of the needs of Wollongong for the possible establishment of a satellite renal unit.

(3)   What volume of patient demand is required to justify placement of such a facility in the Wollongong region.

(4)   What is the estimated volume demand in the Wollongong region.


Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I understand that renal units- that is special units staffed by fully qualified renal physicians or nephrologistsare located at the following hospitals:

State Government Facilities

New South Wales- Sydney Hospital; Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Mater Misericordiae Hospital, North Sydney; Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children; St Vincent's Hospital; Prince Henry Hospital; St George Hospital; Royal North Shore Hospital; Royal Newcastle Hospital.

Victoria- Royal Melbourne Hospital; Austin Hospital; Alfred Hospital; Prince Henry Hospital; Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital; St. Vincent's Hospital; Royal Childrens Hospital.

Queensland- Princess Alexandra Hospital; Royal Brisbane Hospital.

South Australia- Queen Elizabeth Hospital; Royal Adelaide Hospital; Flinders Medical Centre.

West Australia- Royal Perth Hospital; Perth Medical Centre.

Tasmania- Royal Hobart Hospital.

Commonwealth Government Facilities

New South Wales- Concord Repatriation Hospital.

Victoria- Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Australian Capital Territory- Canberra Hospital.

(2)   Arrangements are being made by the New South Wales Health authorities to set up a renal unit in the Illawarra area as a satellite of the Prince Henry Hospital. This unit will be established at Wollongong for first preference otherwise at Port Kembla.

(3)   and (4) It is estimated that 30 services a week are necessary to justify installation of a renal unit and the demand in the Wollongong area has now reached this figure.







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