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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1591

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

(1)   To what extent does the Government collaborate with the States in the sharing of information on the construction and servicing of hospitals.

(2)   When was this collaboration begun and by what steps and at what dates were alterations made to the methods and extent of the collaboration.

Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The 1970 Australian Health Ministers' Conference agreed to the formation of a Hospital and Allied Services Advisory Council to study such matters as the planning and equipping of hospitals, the application of computers and automatic methods to hospital activities, uniform costing in health services management and studies of hospital and allied services generally.

(2)   The Council held its inaugural meeting in November 1970. No alterations have been made to the Council's functions since its formation.

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