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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 2054

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice:

Are results of research on artificial limbs, carried out by the Repatriation Central Development

Unit, made available to interested persons working in this field; if so,

(a)   have requests been received from Mr Giche of Thebarton. South Australia, Mr Tidmarsh, Crippled Children's Association, South Australia, and Mr Sharpe, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, South Australia, and

(b)   has the requested information been supplied.


Minister for Repatriation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Dissemination of the results of research and development on artificial limbs and appliances carried out by the Repatriation Department's Central Development Unit is normally distributed within the Repatriation Department. However, from time to time the results of research projects conducted by the Central Development Unit are published in the Repatriation Artificial Limb and Appliance Service Journal. This journal, which has a world-wide distribution, is freely available on request to the Department Indeed, I am told that both the Executive Director of the Crippled Children's Association in South Australia and the Medical Superintendent of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are sent 2 copies of each edition of the Journal. Furthermore, work of particular interest is described in papers submitted from time to time to various medical and other journals relevant to the field of prosthetics and orthotics.

I am not aware of any recent requests from Mr Giche, Mr Tidmarsh or Mr Sharpe to be provided wilh the results of the Central Development Unit's research.

If information on research results over and above that published in the Repatriation Artificial Limb and Appliance Service or other journals is sought by an interested party outside the Department, this is normally supplied.

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