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Thursday, 24 June 1937

Senator BRENNAN (VICTORIA) (Minister without portfolio assisting the Minister for Commerce) - The Minister for Health has supplied the following answer to the honorable senator's question : -

The improvement of the health of the people depends upon attention to many aspects of social welfare, each of which must receive attention and depends very largely upon the co-operation of the people themselves. Already the Commonwealth has secured effective co-operation with the State Health Departments through the Federal Health Council, and has endeavoured by subsidies and other action to stimulate progress in important aspects of public health which call for attention. A campaign to arouse interest and educate the public in matters of health has been begun, and has already evoked considerable interest and response. Cancer, maternal and infant welfare, restoration of cripples, have all received attention. The important questions of diet and personal hygiene have been dealt with, and an Advisory Council on Nutrition has been appointed. The Government proposes to introduce a measure to establish medical research on a permanent national basis.

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