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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3226

Mr Hodges asked the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 1 6 April 1 980:

(1)   Has the Government taken decisions on the recommendations contained in the Sax Report on Nurse Education and Training presented to the House on 25 October 1978; if so, which recommendations are to be implemented.

(2)   Have discussions on the report and its recommendations been held between the Commonwealth and the States; if so, have any major differences emerged.

(3)   Has his attention been drawn to a reported answer to a question in the Queensland Parliament by the Queensland Health Minister, Sir William Knox, stating that the Queensland Government had endorsed the proposals of the report regarding the offering of basic nurse education programs in Colleges of Advanced Education for implementation as soon as the Commonwealth Government, through the Tertiary Education Commission, has made the necessary funds available.

(4)   Has the Government received requests for funds for these programs; if so, when will a decision be made.

Mr Fife -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   1 expect to announce the Government's decisions on the recommendations of the Sax Report on Nurse Education and Training in the near future.

(2)   State Ministers for Health and Education have provided comments on the Report and its recommendations. The Advanced Education Council of the Tertiary Education Commission has not held detailed discussions with the States on the future of basic nurse education in colleges of advanced education. The Council has taken the view that it would be premature to hold such discussions until the Government's decisions are known.

(3)   and (4) Requests by Queensland or any other State for funds for additional basic nurse education courses in colleges of advanced education will be considered when the Government has taken decisions on the recommendations of the Sax Report.

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