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Medical aid to Ambon

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NO. 211/76 FRIDAY. 3 SEPTEMBER, 1976


An Australian medical team will fly to Ambon, Indonesia,

at the week-end to deliver medical supplies and instal medical

equipment at hospitals in the area. . .

The RAAF has supported the project by delivering the

supplies and equipment from Melbourne to Darwin and Singapore

by Hercules transport aircraft for onward forwarding by other


The medical aid project was initiated by Gull Force

(2/21 Battalion) Association in 1967 in appreciation of the

assistance provided by the Ambonese people to Australian

prisoners-of-war during World War II. The Association has been

joined in the project by Dr. John Forbes, Medical Superintendent

of the Queen's Memorial Hospital, Fairfield, Melbourne.

The seven man medical team comes from hospitals in

the Melbourne area, and is expected to be in Ambon about a

month. The RAAF will fly the medical team back to Australia

either from Singapore or Butterworth, Malaysia.

The project has the support of the Indonesian



Further Information: Noel Tanswell 65 2999 (office hours) 48 0476 (after hours)