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Notice given 4 September 2006

2464  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) With reference to Australia’s overseas health budget, what percentage of the funds are allocated to: (a) general sexual and reproductive health programs such as family planning; (b) provision of condoms; (c) provision of contraceptives other than condoms; (d) treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases including HIV; (e) general maternal health services; (f) treatment of sexual and reproductive disabilities such as obstetric fistula; (g) post-abortion care; and (h) medical education and training.

(2) With reference to Australia’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: (a) what percentage of the contribution goes towards general reproductive health programs; (b) what percentage of the contribution goes towards tuberculosis and malaria programs; (c) what percentage of the contribution goes towards specific HIV/AIDS programs; (d) what percentage of the contribution is counted as expenditure on reproductive health; and (e) does expenditure reporting for reproductive health include the expenditure on tuberculosis and malaria programs; if so, why.

2465  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is the Minister aware that the Rural Doctors Association has been quoted as saying ‘What you’ll find is there are many, many nurses who are trained to provide antenatal care who may not be current members of the Australian College of Midwives and so I don’t think we should see this as limits to people who are currently registered as a midwife. There are many women who have provided antenatal care in the past’.

(2) If nurses are not trained as midwives, what other qualifications can they obtain that would equip them to provide antenatal care.

 

 (3) How many nurses without midwifery qualifications are registered as midwives in Australia.

(4) How many nurses without midwifery qualifications are currently providing antenatal care in Australia.

(5) How many nurses not registered as midwives are currently providing antenatal care.

(6) Does the Minister agree that qualification as a midwife, registration as a midwife and membership of Australian College of Midwives are not the same thing.

(7) Will the new Medicare item rely on the medical practitioner’s ability to delegate to ‘appropriately qualified and trained’ staff; if so, how will the Government ensure that medical practitioners are aware of the difference between qualifications in midwifery, registration as a midwife and membership of the ACM.

2468  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) How often does the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) meet each year and are there regularly scheduled meeting dates and times; if so, what are they.

(2) For each year since its establishment, how many submissions has MSAC received relating to new medical technologies and procedures receiving reimbursement under the Medicare Benefits Scheme.

(3) For each year since its establishment, what percentage of applications for new medical technologies and procedures have been approved by MSAC.

(4) How does this compare on average with the percentage of new medical technologies and procedures approved by the body that the MSAC replaced.

(5) How many existing medical technologies and procedures has MSAC reviewed or provided advice to the Minister on and of these, how many have included recommendations to withdraw or reduce public funding for the technology or procedure.

(6) What role do professional organisations, such as the Australian Medical Association or a relevant medical college, play in the assessment process.

(7) At what stage are these professional organisations consulted.

(8) Did the department or the Minister ever receive advice from a professional medical organisation that a MSAC recommendation would result in adverse outcomes for patients; if so: (a) what recommendation(s) did this relate to; and (b) what actions were taken in response to this advice.

(9) Can a copy of the final MSAC review report be provided; if not, why not.

(10) Can a copy of the submissions to the review be provided; if not, why not.