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Question Without Notice No. 445 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 May 2019 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

HEALTH — PRECISION HEALTH COUNCIL

445. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the minister's media statement of 23 April 2019, establishing a precision health council.

(1) What are the terms of reference for the council?

(2) What is the remuneration and term of appointment for each council member?

(3) Was a public advertising and application process conducted to establish the council; and, if not, what process was followed to appoint council members?

(4) Did the minister seek advice on the appropriateness of appointing an impartial office holder of the Legislative Council to chair this executive government committee and whether this creates an unacceptable conflict to the office of the President of the Legislative Council?

(5) If yes to (4), what was that advice?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) I table the terms of reference.

[See paper 2671.]

(2) The members of the precision health council will not be remunerated for their services. The term of appointment is included in the terms of reference.

(3) The Department of Health provided advice on a range of potential members, who represented the breadth of relevant sectors, for the Minister for Health's consideration.

(4) No. The precision health council has been convened for the purposes of providing strategic advice regarding precision health. All members are expected to manage any conflicts of interest appropriately.

(5) Not applicable.