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Wednesday, 3 May 1989
Page: 1735

(Question No. 909)


Senator MacGibbon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, upon notice, on 9 March 1989:

(1) How many: (a) inpatients, and (b) outpatients, have been treated at Duntroon Hospital per year for the last five years.

(2) What is the average length of inpatient confinement.


Senator Richardson —The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) The information requested by Senator MacGibbon is shown on the following table:

Year

Medical

inpatients

Medical

outpatients

Dental

outpatients

Average

inpatient

confinement

(Days)

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

1988 ...

1014

12307

6587

5

1987 ...

1363

11217

6312

5

1986 ...

1142

10391

5679

13

1985 ...

617

not available

2800

5

1984 ...

579

not available

1854

7

Notes (1) The medical outpatient figures for 1984 and 1985 are not available as the statistical information prior to 1986 was focused on medical inpatients.

(2) The role of the hospital at Duntroon was changed in September 1985 to provide Joint Service health support to the Royal Military College and the Defence Force Academy. The increase in attendances from 1986 coincided with the entry of the first officer cadets to the Defence Force Academy in January 1986.