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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2464


Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Minister's attention been drawn to articles on alcohol in the 'Medical Journal of Australia' of 5th June 1971.

(2)   Will the Minister investigate the advisability of making alcoholism and its complications notifiable diseases and, in particular, alcoholism in conjunction with injuries, liver disease, peptic ulcer, gastritis, neuropathies, hypertension and chronic bronchitis.

(3)   Will the Minister supplement the antismoking campaign with public education in the degrees of over-use of alcohol and its effects.


Mr Swartz - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Commonwealth is guided in these matters by the advice of the National Health and Medical Research Council, which to date has made no recommendation that alcoholism and its complications should be included in the list of notifiable diseases.

(3)   Public education in regard to smoking hazards and abuse of alcohol in areas other than the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory is the responsibility of State Governments. In the Territories under its control, the Commonwealth has instituted health education programmes in schools using methods aimed at developing an awareness of the public health aspects of cigarette smoking and the use of alcohol. These health education programmes have recently been intensified in the Australian Capital Territory to promote co-operation and education of parents and school teachers. In addition a series of seminars has been introduced, involving Health Services personnel in all areas having contact with the public, on drug abuse in the community - smoking and over indulgence in alcohol being two facets of this subject.







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