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Wednesday, 12 September 1973
Page: 931

Mr Hunt (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Has Dr Kalokerinos commenced his research into malnutrition matters among Aborigines in the Northern Territory as part of an International Collaborative Medical-Scientific Study on Malnutrition, Infection and Immunity.

(2)   Did Dr Kalokerinos wish to undertake special research and health care activities among Aborigines at Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.

(3)   If so, did he proceed with this work or were his efforts frustrated through lack of funds.

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

(1)   Dr DavidJose of the Research Foundation of the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne is directing a study into malnutrition and infection and their effects on the immune response of Aboriginal children as part of an intenational collaborative study sponsored by the World Health Organisation. Dr Jose made an initial exploratory visiit to Papunya in July and is hoping to commence the detailed study in October of this year.

(2)   No. But Dr Kalokerinos did make a submission seeking approval to do research on Aborigines at Papunya. However, to avoid duplication, and unnecessary expense, Dr Kalokerinos had agreed to continue with his original arrangements to participate in the Jose Study. This would also facilitate field investigations and specimen taking to be carried out under conditions which would ensure minimum disruption in the Aboriginal communities concerned.

(3)   Funds are available.

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