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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4798

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many optometrists are there is each State and Territory.

(2)   Where are they employed and, in particular, how many work in (a) general hospitals, (b) rehabilitation hospitals and (c) private hospitals.

(3)   What training courses are available for optometrists.

(4)   Where are the courses given.

(5)   What is the training program required to qualify as an optometrist in each State and Territory.

(6)   What is the salary structure in each State and Territory for an optometrist.

(7)   How many people are training at each institute in which courses are available.

(8)   What is the estimated requirement for optometrists in each State and Territory in 1980.

(9)   Under current trends what will be the actual supply of optometrists in 1 980.

(   10) If there is an estimated shortfall in the supply of optometrists in 1 980, what action is proposed to overcome it.

Dr Everingham - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

I refer the right honourable member to my answer to question No. 1601.

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