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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2700

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Women's Health Centre at Leichhardt, New South Wales, funded with Federal moneys.

(2)   Was Dr Siedlecky appointed to a position at the centre; if so, is she paid with money supplied by the Commonwealth.

(3)   Was the position advertised; if so, how many advertisements appeared and what selection procedures were used to determine the successful candidate.

(4)   What procedures are laid down by the Commonwealth in relation to the selection of personnel to outside institutions, which are funded by it.

Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) Yes.

(2)   Yes. Until her part-time employment at the Centre terminated in October 1 974, Australian Government financial assistance under the Community Health Program was applied towards the payment of her salary by the Centre.

(3)   It is understood that this position at the Centre was advertised. I have no information concerning the number of advertisements or the selection procedure used.

(4)   Generally, the personnel selection procedures used by independent organisations such as the Management Committee of this Centre are matters for the organisations themselves. Government policy is to encourage the States to decentralize administration on a rational regional basis, but I understand that the Management Committee sought and received early administrative guidance from State authorities.

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