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Notice given 8 November 2006

2623  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) At the end of each of the financial years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, how many medically-qualified staff by rank or type were in each of the services.

(2) By type, what is the current shortfall of qualified medical staff in each of the services.

(3) (a) What is the most common form of employment of medically-qualified personnel; and (b) at present, what percentage of the total are contracted.

(4) What estimate is there of medical consultations or individual provisions of medical service conducted currently for: (a) the Defence Health Services Division (DHSD) on base: (i) each week, and (ii) annually; and (b) private or public medical services off base: (i) each week, and (ii) annually.

(5) (a) How many rehabilitation cases are currently active within the system; and (b) for each of the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 to date, what was the total number of active rehabilitation cases.

(6) For each of the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 to date: (a) what was the cost of rehabilitation treatment; and (b) which providers received the five largest amounts.

(7) What was the distribution of rehabilitation cases for the 2006-06 financial year, by type of injury or illness, for each of the services.

(8) For the 2005-06 financial year: (a) what was the total sum paid to private medical providers off base for the treatment of Australian Defence Force serving personnel; and (b) by type, what was the sum paid for medical specialists.

(9) For the 2005-06 financial year, how many cases of: (a) alcohol substance abuse and addiction; and (b) drug dependency, were treated by the DHSD.