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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3433

Mr Stewart asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Health, upon notice:

How many legally qualified optometrists are there in (a) Australia, and (b) each State.

This information is not available in the Department of Health.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In Australia, registers of legally qualified optometrists are maintained by the respective States and mainland Territories. The registers could overstate the actual numbers of legally qualified optometrists in Australia or in a particular State or Territory for reasons such as the registration of one person in more than one State.

At the dates indicated the number of names shown on the registers were as follows:


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