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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator GORTON - The Acting Minister for External Affairs has furnished the following replies -

1.   The Australian surgical team serving at Long Xuyen in South Vietnam is comprised of the following eight members -

Mr. A.M. Cuthbertson (Surgeon and Leader).

Mr. G.A. Syme (Surgeon).

Dr. G.Jerums (Medical Registrar).

Dr. B.L. Dunn (Anaesthetist).

Miss N. E. Anderson (Radiographer).

Sister S. R. Terry (Nurse).

Sister B. C. Thredgold (Nurse).

Sister A. C. Boucher (Nurse).

2.   Yes.

3.   The team is working under arrangements between the Australian Government and the Government of the Republic of Vietnam. The United States aid authorities are providing certain supporting facilities. In Australia the recruitment of the team members is arranged by the Royal Melbourne Hospital through a sub-committee set up for the purpose of implementing the project. This sub-committee works in co-operation with the Department of External Affairs.

4.   Under the terms and conditions of their service, the members of the team are under the control of the Australian Government and are also under the direction of the Government of the Republic of Vietnam. In Vietnam the team is working in the provincial hospital at Long Xuyen and is responsible through the leader to the authorities of that hospital and to the provincial and central Vietnamese authorities concerned. The members of the team come under the general jurisdiction of the Australian Ambassador in Vietnam in accordance with established practice. In Australia the Department of External Affairs has responsibility for the execution of the project in co-ordination with the authorities of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

5.   The costs of maintaining the team are met from the Budget provision for S.E.A.T.O. Aid (Division No. 795).

6.   The conditions regarding reimbursement of medical expenses and compensation under the Commonwealth Compensation Act, which apply generally to employees of the Commonwealth Government on long term and short term appointments overseas, apply also to members of the team.

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