Committee on Mental Retardation

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A Committee on Mental Retardation was appointed in 1974 to advise the Premier on all matters concerning the care and education of the mentally retarded of all ages; and in particular -

to collect information and statistics in relation to the prevalence of mental retardation in Victoria.

to advice on the nature of facilities and accommodation (whether community, residential or other) required for each category or age group.

to advice on the co-ordination of the work of Government Departments and voluntary agencies so as to minimise duplication and to make the most effective use of all available resources.

to advice on the means of obtaining and training qualified staff.

to consider the means of assisting the families with mentally retarded children.

to consider measures to reduce the waiting list for mentally retarded persons requiring urgent residential care.

The Committee submitted its report in 1977.

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