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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1924

Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   What recommendation does the World Health Organization make as regards quarantine procedures.

(2)   Do the procedures in Australia conform with those recommended by the World Health Organization. '

Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Quarantine procedures recommended by the World Health Organization are contained in a lengthy publication entitled- International Health Regulations 1969.

(2)   The procedures in Australia substantially conform with those recommended by the World Health Organization. Where there is a difference in requirement the procedure in Australia is generally more demanding. For example, Australia maintains quarantine stations for the isolation of travellers who do not conform to entry requirements. Other countries adopt a system of personal surveillance which permits free movement in the community subject to periodic check of medical condition.

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