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Wednesday, 14 September 1949


Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - I have been able to give some consideration to the representations made to me by the honorable member for Boothby in connexion with psychiatric cases in South Australia and their treatment at the Springbank Repatriation Hospital. Some difficulty has been experienced because we have not been able to erect a suitable pavilion for their treatment. Dr. Stoller, the psychiatric expert, has made a report on the subject to the Repatriation Commission, which in turn has reported to me, and we are now endeavouring to .provide suitable accommodation for the treatment, of these cases. At the moment we can deal with psychiatric patients only in army huts which are still available. Provision will be made for the treatment of psychiatric and mental cases. In some instances it will involve custodial care. Arrangements for such care are being made. I can assure the honorable member that we are pressing on with the provision of permanent accommodation for patients of this type because we recognize the urgent need for it.







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