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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1503

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Where and when have there been meetings of the Health Ministers since March 1970.

(2)   What were the names and portfolios of the Ministers who attended the meetings.

(3)   What requests or suggestions were made at each meeting for legislative or administrative action by (a) the Commonwealth, (b) the Territories and (c) the States.

Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Only one meeting of the Australian Health Minister's Conference has been held since March 1970. The meeting was held in Melbourne on 24th and 25th June 1971.

(2)   -

Commonwealth -

Senator the Hon.Ivor J. Greenwood, Minister for Health.

The Hon. W. C. Wentworth, M.P., Minister for Social Services and Minister in Charge of Aboriginal Affairs.

New South Wales-

The Hon. A. H. Jago, M.L.A., Minister for Health.


The Hon. J.F Rossiter, M.L.A., Minister of Health.

Queensland -

The Hon. S. D. Tooth, M.L.A., Minister for Health.

South Australia -

The Hon. A. J. Shard, M.L.C., Minister of Health.

Western Australia -

The Hon. R. Davies, M.L.A., Minister for Health.

Tasmania -

The Hon. Dr N. D. Abbott, M.H.A., Minister for Health.

(3)   The Ministers who attended this Conference agreed that public statements on discussions at the Conference should be limited to the following matters:

(a)   Proposals by the States forincreased Commonwealth payments for the inpatient hospital treatment of pensioners.

(b)   The recommendations of the Nimmo Committee regarding the honorary medical treatment system in hospitals.

(c)   Health education against cigarette smoking.

I will forward to the honourable member copies of the statements issued on these matters.

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