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Monday, 4 June 1984
Page: 2410

Senator GRIMES —Earlier in Question Time Senator Elstob asked me about a report from the Australian Medical Association on the health problems of young people. That report was highlighted in the Department of Health's report 'Health Needs of Adolescents'. He asked what action the Government would take about the health problems of young people.

The Minister for Health has given me the following response: The AMA report highlights the health problems of young people and reinforces the finding of the Department's earlier report. The Government has undertaken a number of initiatives on youth health: For instance, the engagement of research consultants to investigate the health problems of unemployed youth-the consultants' report is expected to be available shortly; sponsorship of a communication workshop which is aimed to help overcome the serious communication gap between young people and health service providers; a grant of $2,000 to the AMA for production of a booklet 'Student Body' and a grant of $65,100 to the Wayside Chapel, Sydney, for a network of health education centres; and approval by the National Health and Medical Research Council for $50,000 for a pilot study on a national dietary study of Australian school children.

The Government is concerned about the number of unwanted pregnancies among adolescents, and through the family planning program is supporting the activities of family planning associations which are paying increasing attention to the needs of adolescents in this area. The Department is also co-operating with the Office of Youth Affairs and the Youth Affairs Council of Australia in developing a comprehensive health policy for young people in Australia.