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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4599

Dr Cass asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice: -

(1)   How many specialist medical practitioners are there in Australia.

(2)   How many are engaged in active specialist medical practice.

(3)   How many full-time salaried specialist medical staff are employed in all Australian teaching hospitals.

(4)   How many specialist medical staff are employed on a sessional basis in all Australian teaching hospitals.

(5)   How many honorary specialist medical staff are actively engaged in treating patients in Australian leaching hospitals.

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

(1)   and (2) This information is not available, as provision for the registration of specialists as such does not exist in all States and Territories. However, provision has been made in the National Health Act for the recognition of specialists and consultant physicians. This recognition relates to the payment of Commonwealth medical benefits at higher rates for certain medical services when rendered by specialists and consultant physicians, following referral of the patient. At 30 September 1971, there were 5,782 specialists and consultant physicians recognised under the National Health Act. (3), (4) and (5) This information is not available.

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