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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4798

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many physiotherapists are there in each State and Territory.

(2)   Where are they employed and, in particular, how many work in (a) general hospitals, (b) rehabilitation hospitals and (c) private hospitals.

(3)   What training courses are available for physiotherapists.

(4)   Where are the courses given.

(5)   What is the training program required to qualify as a physiotherapist in each State and Territory.

(6)   What is the salary structure in each State and Territory for a physiotherapist.

(7)   How many people are training at each institute in which courses are available.

(8)   What is the estimated requirement for physiotherapists in each State and Territory in 1 980.

(9)   Under current trends what will be the actual supply of physiotherapists in 1980.

(10)   If there is an estimated shortfall in the supply of physiotherapists in 1980, what action is proposed to overcome it.

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

(   1) to (10) Basic information on health manpower is to be provided in a single public reference document scheduled for publication by my Department in early 1975. Estimates of future manpower requirements in the health services will be canvassed in a report from the Hospitals and Health Services Commission also to be issued in early 1975. I would also draw the right honourable member's attention to the fact that this Government is the first in Australia's history, and one of the first in the world, to set up a committee on health careers, personnel and training.

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