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Thursday, 9 December 1976

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(   1 ) What was the intake of physiotherapy students in each of the training institutions in Australia during 1974, 1975 and 1976, and what is the projected intake for 1977 and 1978.

(2)   Is the intake adequate to meet the projected demand for physiotherapists.

Mr Viner -The Minister for Education has provided the following reply to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Figures on the intake of physiotherapy students in universities and colleges of advanced education for the period in question are set out in the tables below.

I might point out to the honourable member that in universities in 1976 the teaching of physiotherapy was restricted to the University of Queensland. Prior to 1976 the University of Sydney had students, all of whom were enrolled for diplomas in the Cumberland College of Health Sciences, undertaking miscellaneous subjects at the University. From 1976 these students undertake all their training at the Cumberland College.

Projected intakes for 1977 and 1978 are not available, but significant changes are not expected.


(2)   The report, 'Australian Health Manpower', by the Hospitals and Health Services Commission in 1975 proposed that Australia's target for the supply of active physiotherapists by the early 1980s be set at 1 physiotherapist per 5000 population.

Recent increases in overall student numbers in physiotherapy suggest that progress is being made towards this target. The extent to which the target will actually be reached on account of the current increases in student numbers cannot yet be forecast with certainty. This matter will therefore be kept under review.

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