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Tuesday, 10 December 1974
Page: 3344

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

(   1 ) Does the Minister acknowledge the views attributed to him in an article in the Canberra Advertiser of 9 October 1974.

(2)   Did the article correctly state the Minister's view on rehabilitation in the Australian Capital Territory that 'what is done is streets ahead of anything anywhere else in Australia'.

(3)   What assessments have been made of rehabilitation services in the Australian Capital Territory to justify this statement by the Minister.

(4)   Are there any current objective assessments of rehabilitation services in the Australian Capital Territory; if so, will the Minister undertake to have them tabled in the Senate.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The article correctly states my views in the context of facilities and services for the early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and education of young handicapped children in the Australian Capital Territory.

(3)   There is ongoing departmental monitoring of the effectiveness of the child screening and rehabilitation services, and continual team assessment of the treatment of individual cases. In addition, a Rehabilitation Advisory Committee comprising a variety of health and medical professionals from a number of Government and hospital departments reviews and makes recommendations on the adequacy of rehabilitation services in the Australian Capital Territory and co-ordinates departmental initiatives in this area.

(4)   No objective assessments are currently being undertaken.

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