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Thursday, 14 November 1985
Page: 2139

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Community Services)(11.33) —As to the computerisation of the records and central records on drug reactions, accidents and devices, I know that it is in the process but I do not know the timetable. I will find that out for Senator Vigor. The area of child accident prevention, strangely enough, comes under my Department. The Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, which was established by the previous Government, is an independent group which comes within my portfolio. One of its projects at the moment is to develop the proper recording of accidents among children in this community. In this area, as in other areas of health and welfare, as Senator Walters in particular and I both know, the collection and correlation of statistics in this country has been appalling. All governments have been conscious of this. The previous Government and this Government, through the Australian Bureau of Statistics and also, in the case of drug reactions, through the Department of Health and, in the case of children's accidents, through the Child Accident Prevention Foundation, have tried to correct that situation. The Foundation also has projects concerned with specific children's accidents in sport, the prevention of accidents, the safety of playgrounds, et cetera. I will provide Senator Vigor and any other honourable senator who wishes it with all the literature I have on the latest activities of the Foundation. The Foundation regularly distributes its annual reports and occasional reports. I think it is important that we all know what is happening in these areas. I will certainly provide that information.