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Wednesday, 21 August 1985
Page: 51

Senator MACKLIN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate considers that-

(a) the isolated patients' travel and accommodation assistance scheme, by focusing narrowly on specialist medical services for the isolated patient, fails to appreciate the special development needs of the isolated child and therefore denies access to the full range of paediatric health services which are available to the urban child;

(b) the development of children of families who choose to live in isolated regions should not be placed at risk because of the difficulty in gaining access to paediatric health services; and

(c) quality can only be applied to paediatric health services when they are based on a clear understanding of the total development of the child, covering psychological, emotional, social and physical needs.