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Monday, 19 September 1994
Page: 888

Senator NEWMAN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)on present trends, 30 000 Australian women will die of breast cancer during this decade,

    (ii)rural women and those from non-English speaking backgrounds, Asians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds tend to be under-screened,

    (iii)professional and public education on breast cancer needs upgrading and to be kept up-to-date as research results become available,

    (iv)basic research into the cause of breast cancer and its prevention needs continuing funding and that clinical research into optimal treatment is grossly under-funded, and

    (v)greater attention is needed to the equity of access to quality care, standards of care and resource allocation for the benefit of all women; and

  (b)calls on the Federal Government to develop a national strategy for breast cancer so that women of Senator Newman's generation and those of her daughters' generation will have a better chance of beating breast cancer.