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Opening of Chest unit in Victoria



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The Minister fo r th# Interior

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The M inister fo r .the I n t e r i o r , Mr Pgter Mixon, '

■said today th a t the- campaign, against. tiVuerc-ulosis in * . . ' " t" W .

A u s t r a l i a had b r o u g h t a b o u t e r s u b s t a n t i a l d e c r e a s e r . a '*

I n t h e numbe r o f c a s e s - a n d d e a t h s f r o m TB p e r annum. '

S p e a k i n g a t t h e o p e n i n g o f a $2 2 5 ,0 0 0 c h e s t u n i t *

a t the Gippslancl Base H o s p ita l, in Sole, V i c t o r i a , "

he said t h a t 20 years-ago·, more than 50 A u s tr a l ia n s

in ' every 100,000 .-contracted TB and about Ί 5 of those died

■ By the end of 1968, the known incidence had dropped

to 18- A u s tr a lia n s ' p e r 100,000. p o p u la tio n , of which .

only" two persons'· died-. ' . " ‘ ^

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T h e i n t e n s i v e c a m p a i g n a g a i n s t t h e d i s e a s e i s t h e

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S t a t e G o v e r n m e n t s f o r t h e p r o v i s i o n , f r e e o f c h a r g e , ' o f

c o m p l e t e f a c i l i t i e s f o r t h e d i a g n o s i s , t r e a t m e n t a n d

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U n d e r t h i s a g r e e m e n t , t h e C o m m o n w e a l t h m e t t h e #

5 ) 2 2 5 , 0 0 0 c o s t o f t h e G i up. s i a n d B a s e H o s p i t a l u n i t . "

‘ . Mr N i x o n a l s o o p e n e d a M e d i c a l C o n s u l t a t i o n C l i n i c

b u i l d i n g - a t t h e H o s p i t a l .\ This b u ild in g provides

rooms a d jacen t to the main * h o s p i ta l which doctors can ' lease for t h e i r normal c o n s u l t a t i o n s . I t s cost of

$91,500 is being met p a r t l y by a V ic to ria n S ta te

Government gran t aftb p a r t l y by le a s e r e n t a l s . ' t

Mr Nixon said the new f a c i l i t i e s were "m egnificent a d d itio n s to the treatm ent of the sic k in G ippsland." .

_ Aug 7, 1970

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