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Thursday, 28 March 1957

Mr Bryant t asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

What steps has his department taken to administer medical services to aborigines on the same scale as to other Australians?

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

In the Northern Territory the Commonwealth Health Department provides all the necessary care for aborigines in Darwin, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Katherine, where hospitals are situated. Regular visits of inspection are made by doctors, dentists and nursing sisters to all the isolated areas such as cattle stations and mission stations at regular intervals. By the use of radio regular medical services are available to all in the outback and the aerial medical service is used to bring sick aborigines to hospitals under the same conditions as other Australians. In the States the care of the aborigines is the responsibility of the State governments.

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