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Wednesday, 22 June 1994
Page: 1940

(Question No. 1358)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services and Health, upon notice, on 3 May 1994:

  With reference to the federal Labor Caucus motion of 21 August 1988 requiring women to be appointed to at least 25 per cent of places on Government boards, councils and committees:

  For each of the boards, councils and committees to which the Minister has the power to appoint members, and for all of these combined:

  (1) How many positions were available for appointment on 21 August 1988 and how many are now available.

  (2) How many of these positions were held by women on 21 August 1988 and how many are now held by women.

  (3) What changes do the resulting proportions represent since the Labor Caucus motion.


Senator Crowley —The Minister for Human Services and Health and I have provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  Current overall representation of women on bodies, to which the Ministers have power to appoint members, in the Human Services and Health portfolio, averages 38.5%. The average growth in women's representation on bodies in existence in 1988 has been 10.1%. The details are as follows:

(1) & (2) (1) & (2) (3)

Variation in

the proportion

of representa-

Membership Membership tion from Aug

Aug 1988 May 1994 88 to May 94

Boards, Councils, Number % Women (% change)

Committees

Aged Care Advisory 25 women 23 women 42.6 +5.8

Committee 43 men 31 men

Australian Drug 1 woman 7 women 31.8 +19.3

Evaluation Committee 7 men 15 men

Australian Institute 4 women 5 women 33.3 -3.1

of Health and 7 men 10 men

Welfare Board

Australian National 3 women 4 women 36.4 +19.7

Council on AIDS 15 men 7 men

Children's Services 67 women 64 women 84.2 +1.5

Planning Committees 14 men 12 men

Commonwealth AIDS 1 woman 3 women 30.0 +20.0

Research Grants 10 men 7 men

Committee

CSL Limited (a) 2 women 2 women 25.0 +2.8

7 men 6 men

Drug Abuse Research 2 women 4 women 44.4 +22.2

and Education Advisory 7 men 5 men

Committee

Health Care Committee 6 women 7 women 31.8 +3.2

15 men 15 men

Health Insurance 1 woman 1 woman 9.1 -2.0

Advisory Committee 8 men 10 men

Home and Community 40 women 31 women 59.6 -1.0

Care Advisory 26 men 21 men

Committees (b)

Medical Benefits 0 women 1 woman 20.0 +20.0

(Dental Practitioners) 5 men 4 men

Advisory Committee

Medical Benefits 0 women 0 women 0.0 0.0

(Dental Practitioners) 3 men 3 men

Appeal Committee

Medical Services 3 women 3 women 7.5 0.0

Committee of Inquiry 37 men 37 men

Medical Services 2 women 2 women 11.1 +2.8

Committee of Inquiry 22 men 16 men

(Pharmaceutical Benefits)

Medicare Benefits 1 woman 1 woman 12.5 -4.2

Advisory Committee 5 men 7 men

Medicare Participation 2 women 2 women 3.7 -0.8

Review Committee 44 men 54 men

National Health and 7 women 12 women 46.2 +17.3

Medical Research 22 men 14 men

Council (NHMRC) (c)

National Pathology 0 women 0 women 0.0 0.0

Accreditation 18 men 17 men

Advisory Committee

National Specialist 1 woman 2 women 13.3 +6.6

Qualification Advisory 14 men 13 men

Committee

NHMRC Health Care 6 women (d)

Committee 15 men

NHMRC Medical Research 3 women 7 women 26.9 +13.3

Committee (e) 19 men 19 men

NHMRC Public Health 2 women (d)

Committee 15 men

NHMRC Public Health 6 women 9 women 52.9 +12.9

Research and 9 men 8 men

Development Committee(e)

Nursing Home Fees 0 women 13 women 33.3 +33.3

Review Committee on 20 men 26 men

Inquiry(f)

Optometrical Services 0 women 0 women 0.0 0.0

Committee of Inquiry 5 men 5 men

Pharmaceutical Benefits 0 women 2 women 16.7 +16.7

Advisory Committee 12 men 10 men

Pharmaceutical 0 women 1 woman 20.0 +20.0

Benefits Pricing 5 men 4 men

Authority

Pharmaceutical Benefits 1 woman 1 woman 20.0 -13.3

Remuneration Tribunal 2 men 4 men

Pharmaceutical Services 0 women 1 woman 4.2 +4.2

Committee of Inquiry 24 men 23 men

Research and 1 woman 6 women 54.5 +37.8

Development Grants 5 men 5 men

Advisory Committee

Specialist Recognition 4 women 7 women 23.3 +10.0

Advisory Committees 26 men 23 men

Specialist Recognition 1 woman 1 woman 20.0 0.0

Appeal Committee 4 men 4 men

Standards Review Panels 8 women 26 women 49.1 +19.1

13 men 27 men

Therapeutic Device 0 women 4 women 44.4 +44.4

Evaluation Committee 6 men 5 men

Therapeutic Goods 0 women 2 women 20.0 +20.0

Committee 10 men 8 men

TGA Laboratories 0 women 1 woman 14.3 +14.3

Advisory Committee 7 men 6 men

TGA Laboratories Animal 1 woman 3 women 42.8 +22.8

Experimentation Ethics 4 men 4 men

Committee

  The following Committees were formed after August 1988:

Membership composition as

at May 1994

Boards, Councils, Committees Number % Women

Australian Disability Consultative Council (g)

Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Counci l7 women 53.8

13 men

Disability Services Advisory Committees (h)—

New South Wales 6 women 75.0

2 men

Victoria 3 women 50.0

3 men

Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of PBAC 2 women 20.0

8 men

Medical Workforce Data Review Committee (i) 3 women 27.3

8 men

National Action Plan for Dementia Care 9 women 81.8

Implementation Steering Group 2 men

National Advisory Committee for Early 14 women 66.6

Detection of Breast Cancer 7 men

National Advisory Committee for Preventing 14 women 82.3

Cancer of the Cervix (j) 3 men

National Child Care Accreditation Council 11 women 84.6

2 men

National Child Protection Council (k) 8 women 57.1

6 men

National Community Advisory Group on Mental Health 5 women 50.0

5 men

National Council for the International 9 women 47.3

Year of the Family 10 men

National Food Authority 2 women 40.0

3 men

NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee (e) 7 women 58.3

5 men

Pharmaceutical Health and Rational 4 women 36.4

7 men

Use of Medicines Committee 2 women 33.3

Prescription Medicines Advisory Board 4 men

Private Health Insurance Administration Council 1 woman 20.0

4 men

Research Advisory Committee 4 women 30.8

9 men

Rural Health Support Education and 3 women 60.0

Training Advisory Committee 2 men

Standing Arbitration Committee 2 women 66.7

1 man

TGA Industry-Government Consultative Committee 3 women 33.3

6 men

Traditional Medicines Evaluation Committee 2 women 28.6

5 men

Vocational Registration Appeal Committee 2 women 40.0

3 men

Vocational Registration Eligibility Committees 9 women 30.0

21 men

  (a) CSL Limited will cease to be a Government owned body on 30 May 1994 when its shares are expected to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

  (b) As at May 1994 there were several vacant places on the Home and Community Care Advisory Committees pending new appointments.

  (c) Three appointments pending.

  (d) Committee under review—no appointments made at present.

  (e) Appointment pending.

  (f) In January 1993, the duties of the Nursing Homes Advisory Committee were incorporated into the Nursing Homes Fees Review Committees of Inquiry and members transferred.

  (g) This replaces the Disability Advisory Council of Australia. The membership of ADCC is yet to be finalised.

  (h) The Disability Services Advisory Committees are being replaced with Joint Advisory Bodies. Final appointments will be made by the States in consultation with the Minister.

  (i) One member only appointed by Minister.

  (j) Replaces the Cervical Cancer Screening Prevention and Management Advisory Committee.

  (k) Three of the five members appointed by the Minister for Family Services are women.

  The following Committees have ceased operation since May 1993:

  Consumer Forums for the Aged

  Mid Term Review of the Aged Care Reform Strategy: Stage 2 Contact and Reference Groups

  National Children's Services Advisory Council

  National Nursing Consultative Committee