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Friday, 12 June 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

Will he bring up lo date the answer which his predecessor gave me on 25 February 1969 (Hansard, page 143) on school denial services.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Figures given for enrolments in government and non-government primary and secondary schools have been updated to include the last 5 years to 1969 inclusive. Some variations in earlier figures given in my predecessor's reply on 25 February 1969 (Hansard, pages 143 and 144) result from revisions given in the Commonwealth Statistician's Schools' Bulletins.



Later information in respect of the States to update the replies to parts 2 to 5 of the previous question is not availableto me. The information is not at present collected by the Commonwealth Statistician, nor dries the Commonwealth Department of Health have available to it statistics on dental services which are the primary responsibility of the States. Information in respect of the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory is as follows:

(2)   (a) Nil.

(b)   (1) Australian Capital Territory - Com monwealth Department of Health.

(2)   Northern Territory - Commonwealth Department of Health.

(c)   Nil.

(3)   Australian Capital Territory- (a) and (b). Data is not available for (a) and (b) separately. Dental inspection and treatment is given to children irrespective of whether they attend a government or a non-government primary school.


(c)and(d) Nit.

Northern Territory. No record is kept of inspections as distinct from treatments.

(4)   Australian Capital Territory- -(a) and (b).

Data is not available for (a) and (b) separately. The following number of children received dental treatment as a result of the routine annual inspection.


In addition there were a number of children who were given denial treatment of an emergency nature quite independently of the normal annual routine examination.


(c)   Nil.

(d)   Nil.

Northern Territory- The number of children treated at all Northern Territory schools over the past 2 years are:



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