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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 1036


Mr Berinson (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

Which of the 43 recommendations of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Pharmaceutical Benefits (a) have been accepted, (b) have been rejected and (c) are still under active consideration.


Dr Everingham - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Report of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Pharmaceutical Benefits is currently under review by my Department. However, decisions have already been made relating to the following recommendations:

Recommendation 39: (that) the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee consider the listing of oral contraceptives where required for certain specific medical reasons.'

The Government has announced that it has decided to place certain oral contraceptives on the list of prescribed drugs for pharmaceutical benefits purposes.

Recommendation 40: (that) the Commonwealth provide substantial subsidies for the expansion of Family Planning Clinics.'

The Government has announced that it will give financial support to family planning services. It will provide $200,000 a year to the Family Planning Association of Australia and $100,000 a year to a national body representing Catholic family planning centres.

In addition, the Government will ask these organisations to develop services for the provision of family planning advice for Aboriginals, including training of suitable personnel to provide for an expansion of such services.

Additional grants, up to a total of $30,000, will be available to other voluntary organisations actively involved in the provision of family planning services.







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