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Friday, 25 May 1973
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Mr Street asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   What are the normal weekly hours of work for salaried medical practitioners employed by Government Departments.

(2)   Are the estimated costs of running salaried community health centres based on medical practitioners working the same hours as given in answer to part (1).

(3)   Has he consulted with the Australian Medical Association or any other professional body on the terms and conditions of employment of salaried medical practitioners working in community health centres.

Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The recognised hours of duty for medical practitioners in the Commonwealth Public Service are 36¾ hours per week. However, most medical practitioners in clinical areas are rostered and work additional hours without remuneration.

Medical practitioners in non-clinical areas, whilst not rostered are expected to remain on duty until completion of their daily work, even if this extends through hours beyond the recognised 36}.

With the exception of Quarantine Officers, overtime payment or other recompense is not payable for this in m> Department

Medical officers rostered for quarantine duties are eligible for limited extra duty payment to cover time worked outside recognised hours for boarding and inspecting ships.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   No.

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