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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1267 ..

Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council Meetings

(Question No. 118)

Mr Stanhope asked the Minister for Health and Community Care, upon notice, on 24 March 1999:

In relation to the Blood Transfusion Service and Hepatitis C:

The minutes of the Australian Health Minister's Advisory Council meeting on 25 October 1995, held in Canberra record:

"E18 Hepatitis C

AHMAC also endorsed a recommendation from the AHMAC Hepatitis C implementation working group that Hepatitis C testing be performed only in the laboratory setting at this time and noted the progress and issues arising from the Blood Transfusion Services lookback policies concerning Hepatitis C."

The minutes of the AHMAC meeting on 14 November 1997 report:

"Item C7

AHMAC agreed to adopt a national risk management approach to deal with existing and emerging disease threats to the blood supply and agreed to ask the B&BPC to provide:

a report on existing and emerging threats to the blood supply, the risks involved, international experience in managing these threats and the implications for the safety and sufficiency of Australia's blood supply; and

A proposed risk management framework to guide future decision-making and action in the face of actual or perceived threats to the blood system."

Was the ACT represented at either of these meetings, if so, by whom.

Were the minutes of these meetings received by the ACT and if so, to whom were they referred or made available.

Are the outcomes of meetings of the AHMAC routinely advised to ACT Health Ministers.

Were the minutes referred to above provided to the then ACT Minister for Health, if no why not.

What was the "progress and issues arising from the Blood Transfusions Services Lookback policies concerning Hepatitis C" referred to in the minutes of 25 October 1995.

Were the progress and issues of the lookback policies provided to the Advisory Committees as part of a written report.

If there is a written report of the issues and progress will the Minister provide me with a copy.

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