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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2657

Mr Hayden asked the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   ' Did the Queensland Institute of Medical Research establish that there was a protein-calorie* malnutrition syndrome among Aboriginal children; if so, when was this matter first reported.

(2)   Has this evidence been confirmed by previous and subsequent reports of research work amongst Aboriginal groups in other parts of Australia; if so, can he give details and indicate the dates of the reports.

(3)   What are the general findings in the report of the Institute in relation to general health and mortality rates among Aborigines.

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

(1)   Yes - in that growth retardation was established and rate of growth as an index of proteincalorie malnutrition is accepted practice. June 1969.

(2)   YesAustralian Paediatric Journal, June 1969, pp. 71-88

American Journal of Child Nutrition, June 1969, pp. 716-724

Medical Journal of Australia, 21st February 1970, pp. 349-356

(3)   The Institute's 1971 Annual Report says that the results of a survey in March-May 1971 of all children on the Mitchell River and Edward River communities on Cape York Peninsula indicate a high rate of mortality and morbidity among Aboriginal children in those two communities.

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