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Monday, 6 September 1993
Page: 1003

(Question No. 489)


Senator Campbell asked the Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 6 August 1993:

  (1) Where are the Australian Government Publishing Service (AGPS) printing plants located.

  (2) (a) Who is running the `pause gymnastics' courses outlined in the Department of Administrative Services 1991-1992 annual report; (b) is this a national program; (c) how long has the program been in existence at AGPS; (d) how is the value or success of `pause gymnastics' measured; (e) what is the cost of this program, and (f) do participants pay a fee for this employer provided service.

  (3) How many work days have been lost as a result of Occupational Overuse Syndrome.

  (4) How many people in AGPS suffer from Occupational Overuse Syndrome.


Senator McMullan —I have been advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) AGPS has printing plants at Kingston in the ACT and Brunswick in Victoria, and Instant Print and Copy Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.

  (2) (a) The Occupational Health and Safety Nurse conducted the program; (b) it was conducted only in the Canberra area; (c) the program commenced in March 1992; (d) lower incidence of Occupational Overuse Syndrome; (e) negligible, as the program became a fifteen minute part of the working day; (f) no.

  (3) During the 1991-92 year a total of 183 working days were lost.

  (4) There were 12 reported cases in 1991-92.