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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7637

Senator LUDWIG (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) (3:01 PM) —I have the answer to a question from Senator Adams on 26 October 2009, which related to digital mammography machines. I seek leave to incorporate the answer in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows—

SENATOR ADAMS asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, during Senate Question Time on 26 October 2009:

The first $10 million of the $120 million that has been allocated for new digital mammography machines is due to be expended this financial year. Has any of this money yet been spent on new machines? If no, when is this going to start?

SENATOR LUDWIG —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

$10m is allocated in 2009-10 for the digital mammography initiative. The Department has been working with states and territories to determine need and equipment and software requirements. Priority for funding will be given to services with the greatest need, or with the greatest preparedness to put digital mammography in place. It is anticipated that the entire $10m allocated this year will be fully expended by the end of the financial year. The first machines are expected to be in place in the first quarter of 2010. The major rollout will commence in 2010-11 with $40m in funding.