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Tuesday, 19 March 1985
Page: 544

(Question No. 78)

Mr Duncan asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 25 February 1985:

(1) What is his Department's policy in relation to the supply of wigs and hairpieces to veterans.

(2) Are wigs and hairpieces supplied to veterans on the basis of cost of quality.

(3) Has his Department given consideration to obtaining quotations from manufacturers of wigs and hairpieces in the various capital cities to try and contain the cost of and supply of these items.

Mr Holding —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Wigs and hairpieces are supplied to eligible Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries at the request of a local medical officer or a medical specialist.

(2) Wigs and hairpieces are supplied in consultation with the beneficiary based on the reasonableness of cost and the quality of the product.

(3) There is no contracted supplier in any State. The Department asks beneficiaries to obtain quotes because of individual preferences. Relatively few wigs and hairpieces are issued to Departmental beneficiaries each year; the involvement of beneficiaries in obtaining quotes and in the selection process results in client satisfaction.