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Thursday, 9 December 1971
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Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice; (I.) From which countries did migrants come in 1970-71 and what were the numbers in each case.

(2)   How many (a) doctors and (b) other ancillary medical staff were employed by his Department in each of these countries to screen the health of prospective immigrants.

(3)   How many of these (a) doctors and (b) other ancillary medical staff were fluent in the language of the prospective migrants at the time of screening,


Mr Forbes (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

Please refer lo the attached tables.

 

 

(2)   In the United Kingdom, a staff of 2 donors (including the Chief Medical Officer) is on the establishment of the Department of Health and there are 2 doctors and an ancillary staff of 3, all locally engaged, on the establishment of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The majority of prospective immigrants in the United Kingdom are medically, examined by local doctors and their reports are submitted to the Chief Medical Officer.

The following table shows the number of doctors and other ancillary medical staff employed by the Department of Immigration it. other countries to screen the health of prospective immigrants.

 

(3)   Appointment to overseas positions of Medical Officer on the establishment of the Department of Immigration are made with the collaboration of the Department of Health. Medical Officers who serve overseas in this capacity may be permanent officers of the Department of Health or officers who are temporarily employed for the period of their overseas appointments.

All are eligible to undertake tuition in the language of the country of posting and, in fact, are encouraged to do so before departure where this is practicable and iri all instances after arrival in the country of posting. The costs are- met by the Commonwealth. However, except for some who are being posted for a second time to the same country or those who "have taken languages specifically as a course of study or are former migrants from Europe, none could be classified as fluent at the time of posting. However, most could be expected to obtain a working knowledge of the language of the country during their posting.

Ancillary (locally engaged) medical staff are fluent in the language of the prospective migrant and where necessary, are required to . interpret for the doctors.







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