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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3455


Senator Baume asked the minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Is there a system for bringing to the attention of authorities cases of the 'battered child syndrome' occurring in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

(2)   How many such cases are known to have occurred in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory in each of the past five years.

(3)   Do the numbers of cases reported represent a true measure of the problem in the Territories.


Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question: (1)I refer the honourable member to my reply to Question on Notice No. 1 79.

(2)   There are approximately two cases per year in the Australian Capital Territory. In the Northern Territory the only information available is from Darwin Hospital where there have been three proven and three suspected cases in the last five years.

(   3 ) It is probable that there are unsuspected cases.

Battered Children (QuestionNo. 178)


Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

What are the sources of referrals of cases ofbattered child syndrome' in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory and how many referrals in the past five years have come respectively from: (a) general practitioners, (b) dentists, (c) lawyers, (d) hospitals, (e) welfare agencies, (f) police, (g) teachers and (h) others.


Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Cases have been referred by general practitioners, hospitals, infant welfare sisters, social workers, and police. However the detailed information sought is not available.







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