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The Repatriation Department in recent years had. developed into

the largest single hospital organisation in Australia, the Minister

for Repatriation, Mr. R.W. Swartz, said today.

He said the Department held a unique position among hospital

organisations because of its size and its widely diversified

medical activities.

"No other one organisation has under its direct control such

a varied range of hospital and medical work. Dor has any other-

body so many patients in so many parts of Australia and Papua-

New Guinea."

Mr. Swartz said this when representing the Prime Minister at

the 15th Annual State Conference dinner of the Incapacitated

Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmen's Association of Queensland, in

Brisbane1 tonight.

He told delegates at the conference that the increasing age

of ex-servicemen had changed the emphasis of Repatriation work

from one that was largely concerned with the payment of pensions

and allowances to the provision of medical treatment and services.

"Today, Repatriation has under its control six large general

hospitals, as well as hospitals for the treatment of tuberculosis

and mental illnesses. .

: "It also has special hospitals and hostels for aged patients,

out-patient clinics and artificial limb and appliance centres." .

Mr. Swartz said that two out of every three of the 8,500

people employed by the Department now worked in its hospitals or

institutions. _ · = .------ . . ·â– - - .

"The Department also uses the'services of hundreds of visiting

specialists, more than 5,100 local medical officers and thousands

of chemists to provide the treatment and services needed, by

ex-servicemen and their dependants." ■ ·

' Mr. Swartz said the medical side of Repatriation would continue

to expand because as ex-servicemen grew older they required longer

and more frequent treatment for their war-caused disabilities.

Brisbane, April.5, 1S63„