Support for Australia’s thalidomide survivors

February 2019

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019
ISBN: 978-1-76010-904-2

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Committee Members

Terms of Reference


List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Ongoing thalidomide tragedy

  Brief history of thalidomide
  Thalidomide in Australia
  Purpose of the inquiry
  Scope of the interim report
  Conduct of the inquiry

Chapter 2—The impact of thalidomide injuries

  Health impacts
  Lifelong consequences of thalidomide injuries

Chapter 3—Supports required to live with dignity

  Health requirements
  Aids to leading an independent life
  Maintaining survivors' quality of life when greater assistance is required
  Income supports
  Committee view

Chapter 4—Compensation and international government responses

  Requests from the Thalidomide Group Australia
  Government responses to thalidomide in other countries

Chapter 5—Conclusion and recommendations

  Fifty years of fighting
  Compensation and the role of the Australian Government
  Coordination and development of further knowledge
  Making existing supports work more effectively
  Future compensation and the final report

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