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Cu~Z:ji22AJJ2R PARLIA^E.:: ΙΛΪΪΥ LIBRARY itos s PRESS RELEASE BY THE AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR HEALTH, MR. R. W. SWARTZ

■ AUSTRALIA OFFERS MEDICAL.AID '

Australia's external aid programme last year had cost over

A£50M., the Minister for Health, Mr. R. ¥. Swartz, told the Commonwealth

Health Ministers' conference in Edinburgh yesterday.

Mr. Swartz gave an undertaking that his country would welcome

the opportunity to extend its co-operation in medical and paramedical fields

still further.

Mr. Swartz listc-d Australia's present commitments -. A£33M., economic, social aid, Papua and New Guinea;

. Over A£5M. under the Colombo Plan;

. A£7M. on other programmes of bilateral aid;

. A£2-gM. under multilateral aid programmes.

Mr. Swartz said Australia was a nation of only 11 million. Its

contribution, expressed as a percentage of national income, compared most

favourably with advanced industrial countries.

He announed Australia was prepared to -. Train more overseas postgraduate and paramedical personnel;

. Increase the number of Australian medical and paramedical

experts to go overseas to advise or teach;

. Encourage, and finance, the establishment of links between

■ Australian and overseas medical schools by exchange of

teaching staff;

. Supply more medical equipment to developing countries.

Mr. Swartz said that 1200 students from South and South-East

Asia were currently studying in Australia under the Colombo Plan and over

A£2.7M. was spent last year in providing Australian technical experts and

training in the countries concerned.

• Over 700 students had completed medicine, nursing or other

health courses under the Colombo Plan since 1955­

In addition, 12,000 private overseas students were now at

Australian Universities. .

Mr. Swartz said Australia- was also contributing to the Special

Commonwealth African Assistance Plan (SCAAP), which provided technical

assistance, experts and equipment to help in the development of African

countries.

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Australia also participated in the Commonwealth Co-operation

in Education Scheme which v/as based on sharing facilities to assist in

raising education standards in less developed countries.

Mr. Swartz said many Australian doctors voluntarily had done

consultative, advisory and teaching work in the developing countries,

It was an impressive overall contribution, Mr. Swartz.said,

which Australia was keen to bett er through improved organisation for

co-operation between member countries of the Commonwealth.

CANBERRA

October 5> 1965