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Tuesday, 12 June 1928

Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - On the 7th

June, 1928, the honorable member for Herbert (Dr. Nott) asked the Minister for Home and Territories the following questions : -

1.   Whether he will indicate on what basis is the normal standard of health assumed by the Department of Health in the compilation of health statistics in regard to (a) male adults, (b) female adults, and (c) children?

2.   Whether it is a fact that the present incomplete method of collecting and tabulating health, morbidity and death statistics precludes an ultimate analysis of any figures so supplied?

3.   Whether it is a fact that at present, owing to the lack of uniformity throughout the various States, in regard to the notification of septicemia, all figures quoted in reference to maternal morbidity in the Commonwealth are incorrect and misleading?

4.   Whether, in the event of accurate figures being obtained in regard to this disease, the maternal morbidity for the Common wealth would appear to be most alarming?

I am now in a position to furnish the following answers: -

1.   No statistical normal standard in respect of physical health has yet been regardedas practicable in any country.

2.   With regard to health statistics see answer to No. 1.; with regard to morbidity statistics these are as yet incomplete; with regard to mortality statistics these are at least as complete and as accurate as those of any country.

3.   It is recognized that there is some difficulty in obtaining accurate statistics concerning the occurrence of puerperal septicemia.

4.   There is no evidence upon which to form a reliable opinion concerning this question.

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