Terms of Reference for 2018 Review of Breast Density and Screening Position Statement

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From: Michael Shephard

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Dear Department of Health,

A representative of your Department recently advised that your relevant Standing Committee plans to issue (in 2018) a revision to it's 2016 Position Statement on Breast Density and Screening.

Please provide the following information:

1. A copy of the official Terms of Reference for that review.

2. The name(s) of the organisation and/or person(s) who is/are conducting that review for the Standing Committee.

3. The date by which the review team is planned to present the draft revision of the Position Statement to the Standing Committee for it's consideration.

4. Contact details for members of the community to provide input to that review in accordance with BreastScreen Australia’s stated policy ‘BreastScreen Australia supports greater discussion, public awareness and research into breast density.’ By ‘community’ I mean individuals such as myself and organisations that are not reliant on government funding and support (i.e. independent).

Yours faithfully,
Michael Shephard

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Dear Mr Shephard,

 

I refer to your request to the Department of Health seeking access under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to:

 

            ‘1. A copy of the official Terms of Reference for the review
of the Breast Density and Screening 2016 Position Statement;

2. The name(s) of the organisation and/or person(s) who is/are conducting
that review for the Standing Committee;

3. The date by which the review team is planned to present the draft
revision of the Position Statement to the Standing Committee for its
consideration; and

4. Contact details for members to provide input into the review.’

 

Notice of Third Party Consultation

 

It appears, from the documents to which you seek access, that a third
party may reasonably wish to make a contention concerning possible
exemption of some of the documents. Accordingly, the Director – Freedom of
Information, an officer authorised under section 23(1) of the FOI Act to
make decisions in relation to freedom of information requests, has
determined that the requirements of section 27 make it appropriate to
extend the time frame for dealing with your request.

 

Pursuant to section 15(6) of the FOI Act, the period for providing you
with a decision has been extended by a further period of 30 days. This
means that the Department must, not later than 60 calendar days after the
day on which your request was received, take all reasonable steps to
notify you of a decision on your request.

 

Scope of request

 

The right of access under the FOI Act is to existing documents held by an
agency, not information. Dot points 2-4 of your request is for
information, not documents held by the Department.

 

However, the FOI Unit has been advised by the relevant line area that
correspondence is currently being drafted to respond to your letter to the
Department. In this response, the Department will provide you with the
information you are seeking in dot points 2-4.

 

Could you please confirm, by COB Friday, 9 March 2018 if you agree to have
dot points 2-4 of your request addressed in the Departmental response? If
the FOI Unit does not receive a response by this time, your request will
continue to be processed in full.

 

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The FOI Act, including the provisions referred to in this email, can be
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If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this
letter you should contact the Department’s FOI Unit on (02) 62891666, or
by email at [1][email address].

 

Regards

 

 

FOI Unit
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Ministerial, Parliamentary and Freedom of Information Branch

People, Capability and Communication Division

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [3][Health request email]

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country
throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and
community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders
both past and present.

 

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From: Michael Shephard

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Dear FOI,

I am OK with my request for information/documents dot points 2 to 4 to be answered by the Department via it's response to my separate letter to the Department rather than through this FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Shephard

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Attention: Michael Shephard

 

 

Please see attached correspondence in relation to your FOI request to the
Department of Health.

 

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FOI Unit

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Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

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Australian Government Department of Health

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PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country
throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and
community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders
both past and present.

 

 

 

 

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