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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 71

Question No. 14

Mr O'Keefe asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 3 May 1983:

(1) Do deaths from cancer constitute a high proportion of the Australian death rate.

(2) What percentage of deaths in Australia are attributed to this disease.

(3) What Government funds are being made available for research into cancer.

(4) Is he able to say whether the Australian medical profession is in close contact with overseas medical institutions to obtain the latest methods of cancer treatment.

Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) For 1981 (the most recent data available) the percentage of deaths in Australia attributed to cancer was 21.85 per cent.

(3) $3.8m was provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council for cancer research for 1983.

The Government also contributed $568,225 in 1982-83 to the International Agency for Research in Cancer, as Australia's share of the Agency's budget.

(4) There are numerous well established channels through which the Australian medical profession can maintain contact with overseas developments in the treatment of cancer. These include attendance at international medical conferences and seminars, reciprocal visits to this country by overseas researchers and clinicians, and study of papers in scientific and medical publications.