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Tuesday, 30 October 1956

Mr Cleaver (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) r asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   Are the various State governments still concerned with the problem of caring for the mentally ill?

2.   What special grants or subsidies have been made by the Commonwealth to the States during the last five years to assist in the treatment of the mentally ill?

3.   What are the latest statistics for patients in mental hospitals throughout Australia and the comparative figures for the last five years?

4.   What would be the relative strengths of the total nursing service in mental institutions in the same period?

5.   Has the Commonwealth any scheme under consideration for the training of psychiatric nurses to assist State governments?

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Payments to the States under the Mental Institutions Benefits Act 1948 were as follows: -


Payments to the States during 1955-56 under the StateGrants (Mental Institutions) Act 1955 totalled £773,149. 3 and 4. The following information, which has been furnished by the Commonwealth Statistician, is the latest available: -


5.   No.

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