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Notice given 10 October 2005

1299  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the implementation of the various provisions of the Government’s Strengthening Cancer Care package:

(1) How many additional undergraduate places for radiation therapists were provided in the 2005-06 financial year.

(2) (a) Has funding been provided to the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre to begin the development and implementation of a training package for nurses who specialise in cancer care; (b) what is the status of development for this training package; and (c) when will courses begin.

(3) (a) What is the status of development and implementation of the Continuing Professional Education modules for cancer professionals, counsellors and general practitioners; and (b) which organisation received the $2.5 million funding to do this work.

(4) (a) What is the status of development and implementation of the mentoring system to encourage specialists to spend more time in regional and rural areas; (b) which hospitals, providers and support networks have received this funding; and (c) how many cancer specialists have visited rural and regional areas under this program to date.

(5) Has the National Breast Cancer Centre received the $1.5 million commitment made in the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06.

(6) Has the Breast Cancer Network Australia received the $200 000 commitment made in the 2005-06 financial year.

 

 (7) (a) How many grants have been made for cancer care under the Local Palliative Care program; and (b) can details be provided of the location, purpose and funding level of each grant.

(8) (a) Which organisations have received the $1 million committed for the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06 to help build cancer support groups; (b) which cancer areas have been the focus of the grants made; and (c) what is the level of each grant.

(9) Given that the Government promised ‘up to $10 million’ to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for the completion of a children’s cancer centre, what was the final level of funding provided.

(10) (a) To date, what level of funding has been provided for the skin cancer national awareness campaign; (b) which organisations received the funding; and (c) when will this campaign be implemented.

(11) (a) For the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06, how many new cancer research grants were funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council; (b) do the grants in the 2005-06 financial year account for the additional $4 million committed to cancer research; (c) which of the listed priorities for this funding received funds; and (d) how much did each priority area receive.

(12) (a) Has the $5 million committed to the National Research Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases been allocated; and (b) how and where is this research centre being established.

(13) (a) Has the $5 million in funding for clinical trials for cancer patients been provided for the 2005-06 financial year; and (b) how are these funds being utilised.

(14) (a) What is the status of the establishment of Cancer Australia; (b) when will this body be established and functioning in its designated role in the provision of national leadership in cancer control; and (c) given the absence of a fully-functioning Cancer Australia body, will the National Cancer Control Initiative continue to receive funding for the foreseeable future to enable its important work to continue.

1300  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the commitment made by the Minister in October 2004 for a departmental review into SV40 contamination of polio vaccine used in the 1950s and 1960s and its possible links with cancer:

(1) Is this review in progress.

(2) Who is conducting this review.

(3) What are the terms of reference for this review.

(4) (a) When does the Minister expect to receive a report of the findings; and (b) will these results be made public.