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Monday, 30 August 1993
Page: 562

(Question No. 129)


Senator Chamarette asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 13 May 1993:

  (1) Will Commonwealth grants to the academically oriented Tropical Health Program in Queensland be increased to $2.5 million from 1994.

  (2) Does the Anton Breinl Centre in Townsville provide training for Aboriginal people and other community-based tropical health programs throughout northern Australia.

  (3) Does the Community Health Research and Training Unit, based at the University of Western Australia, also concentrate its effort in promoting community-based tropical health programs throughout northern Western Australia, South Asia and South-East Asia.

  (4) Why was the decision made to increase the level of funding to the Brisbane-based Tropical Health Program and thereby limit the community-based work being performed by these other health centres.


Senator Richardson —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) The Tropical Health Program in Queensland is funded through the Public Health Education and Research Program. No decision has been made on the funding for that Program after 1994.

  (2) and (3) I understand that the institutions provide programs along the lines described by the honourable senator.

  (4) See answer to question (1).