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(2) (a) N/A

(b) N/A

(3) (a) Statements by BreastScreen Australia, the National Breast Cancer Centre and Cancer Councils confirm that there is no evidence that the promotion of a structured approach to breast self-examination by women, or the use of associated products, have any benefits in terms of reducing deaths from breast cancer.

The agreed message to women is that they should know the look and feel of their breasts and to see their doctor if they detect any changes or have any concerns. It is agreed that the best way to detect lumps at an early stage is through screening mammography and ultrasound.

The promotion of the product in question (the BSE Breast Pad) makes no explicit or implied claim to find breast cancer, breast lumps or any other type of breast disease.

(b) If an independent, formal randomised control trial of this product was undertaken and it was proven that the product was effective in detecting breast cancer, then ACT Health would review its current stance.


(Question No 1613)

Mr Pratt

asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 24 June 2004:

(1) Further to the reply to Question on notice No 1525, why are records of reports of teachers bullying or harassing students not kept centrally by the Department;

(2) To which area of the Department are reports of teachers bullying or harassing students referred;

(3) How many reports of this nature have been referred to this area of the Department in (a) 2000-2001, (b) 2001-2002, (c) 2002-2003 and (d) 2003-2004 to date.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) Under school-based management, there is no requirement for principals to report all incidents involving staff members to the central office of the department.

Where complaints are received either at the school level or in the department about teacher behaviour, the issue is referred in the first instance to the principal for further investigation. The principal, as manager of the school, is responsible for the initial investigation of concerns about inappropriate behaviour, including claims of bullying and harassment, by staff members in the school.

The Department of Education and Training's (DET) Complaints Resolution policy was introduced in June 2003. This policy required the development of a database for the collection of information about formal complaints across the system. During the policy implementation phase complaints have been handled and filed individually by the relevant sections of the department.

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