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Tuesday, 16 October 1973
Page: 2230


Mr Wilson (STURT, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Does his Department or any other Department have or propose to have on its establishment positions designated as (a) Senior Dentist for the A.C.T. School of Dental Services, (b) Director-General of Health Dental Services and (c) Assistant DirectorGeneral of Health Dental Services.

(2)   If so, and if these positions have been filled, was each of the present holders of those offices appointed after each such position had been publicly advertised.

(3)   If all, or any, of these positions are vacant or yet to be created, will they be filled only after public advertising seeking applicants for the positions.

(4)   What are, or will be, the responsibilities of the holders of each of these offices.


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

(1)   The staffing establishment of the Australian Department of Health includes positions of:

(a)   Chief Dental Officer (Dentist, Class 3), A.C.T. Health Services;

(b)   Assistant Director-General, Dental Services Branch;

(c)   Dentist, Class 3, Dental Services Branch;

(d)   Dentist, Class 2, Dental Services Branch.

(2)   and (3) (a) Vacancies for Chief Dental Officer (Dentist, Class 3), A.C.T. Health Services; Dentist, Class 3, Dental Services Branch; and

Dentist, Class 2, Dental Services Branch, were advertised in the Press but appointments to the positions have not yet been made.

(b)   The position of Assistant Director-General, Dental Services Branch, was not publicly advertised but was filled by the promotion of an officer with suitable experience and qualifications from within the Australian Public Service.

(4)   The responsibilities of these positions are:

(a)   Chief Dental Officer, A.C.T. Health Services-

(i)   Manage, control and direct the A.C.T. school dental service;

(ii)   Advise senior management on dental matters as required.

(b)   Assistant Director-General, Dental Services Branch -

(i)   Control and direct the activities of the Dental Services Branch involving - consultation with State Authorities, academic bodies and professional associations; planning and provision of training schools, clinics, equipment and manpower; administration of Commonwealth's financial commitments under the scheme.

(ii)   Advise the Minister, Director-General and senior officers on policy administration and interpretation. Develop new policies to meet changing conditions and needs. Exercise delegations as required.

(iii)   Provide expert advice to Australian Government Departments and instrumentalities on matters of dental care.

(c)   Dentist, Class 3, Dental Services Branch - Control and direct the work of the Dental Section in the co-ordination of the professional aspects of the operation of the Australian School Dental Service, including the training programmes for dental therapists.

(d)   Dentist, Class 2, Dental Services Branch - Assist the 'Dentist, Class 3, in professional aspects of the operation of the Australian School Dental Service, including the training programmes for dental therapists.







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