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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 2090

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Will he bring up to date the information which he gave on 28th September 1971 (Hansard, page 1391) on the recognition of specialist medical practitioners.

(2)   Have Tasmania and New South Wales yet enacted laws for the registration of specialist medical practitioners; if so, on what date did each do so (Hansard, 14th October 1971, page 2459).

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

(1)   The numbers of medical practitioners recognised as consultant physicians or specialists for the purposes of the National Health Act as at 31st August 1972 were-


The number of specialists includes medical practitioners who have not made formal application but, in accordance with Section 29d (6) of the National Health Act, have been accepted as a result of their registration as specialists under a law of a State or Territory forming part of the Commonwealth.

The numbers of applications for recognition as a specialist medical practitioner or as a consultant physician received to 31 August 1972, and referred to Specialist Recognition Advisory Committees, and the numbers recognised in pursuance of recommendations by the Committees were -


The numbers of appeals received and referred to the Specialist Recognition Appeal Committee, to 31 August 1972 were-



(2)   No.

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