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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 2741

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

In view of the lack of doctors interested in a rehabilitation medical career as referred to in the 1970-71 report of his Department, what steps are being taken by his Department to induce doctors into this field or to accept responsibility for recruitment and training of medical students who are prepared to enter the Rehabilitation Service on graduation.

Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: _ The Department's initial proposal for ten additional doctors' positions included four which would provide a point of entry for doctors wishing to specialise in physical medicine within the Rehabilitation Service. Only one of these positions has been approved at this stage.

In the light of experience with this position the Department may consider requesting the Public Service Board to review again the need to provide additional positions of this type.

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