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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
Page: 1624

Senator WALTERS -Is the Minister representing the Minister for Transport aware of reports of an increasing incidence of ear and sinus disorders among air travellers, sometimes resulting in severe pain and injury? Is he also aware that expert medical advice on this subject is available and could be used to educate passengers? Can air safety regulations be amended to include preventive measures against injury to the middle ear?

Senator CHANEY - I was not aware that there has been some increase in ear and sinus disorders related to air travel. I certainly am aware that such disorders are capable of treatment. I will refer both the fact that there is an alleged increase in the incidence of these disorders and the need for some possible remedial action to the Minister for Transport for his consideration.

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