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Another thoracic surgery team to visit New Guinea



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ANOTHER THORACIC SURGERY TEAM TO VISIT . NEW GUINEA, ”

Statement by the Minister for Territories, the Hon. Paul — ---------- Hasluck

The second Thoracic Surgery Team to visit,the .

Territoriy of Papua and New Guinea within the last three .

months is due to leave Sydney between October 7 and 9? I960.

Announcing this to-day, the Minister for Territories,

the Hon. Paul Has luck, said that the team, led by

Mr. I.H. McOONCHIE, M.S., F.R.A.C.S. of Epworth Hospital,

Richmond, Victoria, would include two other medical

practitioners, a physiotherapist, and six nurses, all of

whom are highly skilled in the specialized field of thoracic

surgery,

* Mr. Hasluck said that the care and prevention of

tuberculosis amongst the native peoples was one of the major

health tasks confronting the Australian Government in the

Territory of Papua and New Guinea and that Thoracic Surgery

teams play an important part in this work.

He added that eventually Thoracic Surgery teams

would be formed in the Territory but until surgeons and other

medical staff with necessary specialised skills could be

engaged the present arrangement of sending teams from

Australia would be continued,

Mr = Ha.sluck said that since 1955, eleven such teams

had been sent to the Territory,

Canberra

October 7ยป I960 - P.M,