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Interim committee on hospitals and health services

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Hie members of the Commonwealth Government6 s Interim

Committee on Hospitals and Health Services were announced today by the

Minister for Health, Dr D„N0 Everingham.

The Committee will launch thd work of the National

Hospitals and Health Services Commission which will be established as soon

as the legislation is passed by Parliament.,

The Chairman is Dr Sidney Sax, formerly Director of

Planning and Research, New South Wales Department of Health» Mr John Bland-

ford has been invited to be Deputy Chairman. He is Project Director at

Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide. They will both work full-time on the

Interim Committee.

The part-time members are Professor George Palmer,

University of New South Wales; Dr F.M. Farrar, College of General Practit­

ioners ; Sister Mary Paulina, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney; Mr Henry

Pietracci, -Health and Research Employees’ Association of Australia;

Dr Brian Hennessy, A.C.T. Health Services; and Mr Matt Carroll," Department

of Health.

Following his first meeting with the Interim Committee,

Dr Everingham said he was confident it would do much to enable the Government

to provide better health care throughout Australia.

He said the Interim Committee was most anxious to receive

submissions from interested people and organisations and would like to be

notified of any intention to make submissions by 30 April. The submissions

should be forwarded to the Committee in Canberra by 31 July, addressed to the

Principal Executive Officer,: Interim Committee on Hospitals and Health Services,

P.0. Box 392, Woden, A.C.T. 2606.

The submissions should set out the needs and priorities

for Federal Government assistance to all parties including voluntary organis­

ations and others concerned with providing a first class national health scheme,

the Minister said.

. He said the Health Commission when established would have

wide terms of reference in its study of health care and health-related welfare

services at the national level. The Commission would recommend Government action

in necessary areas.

The terms of reference for the Commission are attached. c; A n m 1 ί ο ο ^ . Γ\-- .4. H a -XC