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Tuesday, 8 May 1984
Page: 1771

(Question No. 677)


Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 2 March 1984:

(1) How many cases of leprosy were notified in Australia in 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.

(2) How many of these cases involved Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander sufferers.


Senator Grimes —The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question.

(1) New cases of leprosy reported Australia-wide 1980-1983

State or Territory

1980 1981 1982 1983

New South Wales 10 12 12 14 Victoria 8 4 3 9 Queensland 5 7 12 15 South Australia 1 2 1 4 Western Australia 9 9 23 16 Tasmania . . . . . . 1 Northern Territory 7 17 12 2 Australian Capital Territory . . . . . . 2

Australia 40 51 63 63

(2) New cases of leprosy reported in Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals 1980-83

Aboriginals and

Torres Strait Islanders

Non-Aboriginals

State or Territory

1980 1981 1982 1983 1980 1981 1982 1983

New South Wales . . . . 1 . . 10 12 11 14 Victoria . . . . . . . . 8 4 3 9 Queensland 2 5 3 9 3 2 9 6 South Australia . . . . . . . . 1 2 1 4 Western Australia 6 7 9 14 3 2 14 2 Tasmania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Northern Territory 6 9 4 2 1 8 8 . . Australian Capital Territory . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . 1

Australia 14 21 17 26 26 30 46 37

The statistics above have been collated and confirmed by the Aboriginal Health Branch of the Department of Health. The numbers of cases exceed those published in the statistics of notifiable diseases. Medical practitioners are required to notify to State Health authorities all new cases of leprosy which come to their attention. The cases notified to the Aboriginal Health Branch include cases reported by health professionals other than medical practitioners.