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Tuesday, 4 May 1920


Mr POYNTON - The policy of the Department is to provide for this class of invalids as follows: -

Incipient tubercular cases will be treated at sanatoria throughout the Commonwealth where patients, besides receiving skilled medical attention, will be given lectures, demonstrations, &c, with a view to educating them as to the course of life most suitable for their condition, and to encourage them to keep their complaint in subjection.

For the men whose complaint has been arrested, special farms, under the supervision of eminent medical men, have, and are being, established with suitable quarters, both for families of married men, and single men, whereon every endeavour will be made to stabilize the health of the patients, at the same time imparting to them instruction as to agricultural pursuits, so as to enable them later on, should they so desire, to undertake the best form of open-air employment on a farm of their own.

Special hostels in cheerful surroundings have been procured in most of the States for the more serious cases, and others are in course of acquisition, established as near to capital cities as possible, to enable the relatives and friends of the patients to visit them with facility.

With regard to certain of these institutions, the Bed Cross Society is co-operating with the Department, whilst arrangements have also been made to utilize special wards at certain State institutions, pending completion of the Department's own establishments.

This policy has been indorsed by the Departmental Medical Advisory Committee, consisting of Sir Henry Maudsley, K.C.M.G; and Drs. R.R. Stawell, G. Syme, and J.Ramsay Webb, gentlemen most eminent in their profession. I n his presidential address at a recent meeting of the British Medical Association, Dr. J. Ramsay Webb, in referring to this policy, said: - " For the first time in this State, there will be available a means of treatment which represents in full our personal knowledge of the disease."







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