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Building a healthy army
ITH a rapidly deployed Role 2 (E)
Hospital, at Williamson Airfield in
the SWBTA, 2GHB provided pri-
mary and emergency services for
troops during Exercise Talisman Sabre.
The health facility offered a range of services,
from basic health care for minor injuries and ill-
nesses through to resuscitation and damage control
CO 2GHB Lt-Col Louise Martin said the goal
in the early stages of the hospital’s setup was to
establish the logistic sustainment functions to
allow clinical staff to focus on the build when they
arrived in the exercise area.
“The men and women in the logistics support
company are a small capability of transport, stores
and maintainers who are absolutely critical for us,”
“We were also supported by 6ESR’s 17 Const
Sqn who supported our electricity and plumbing
services and 9FSB who provided the heavy trans-
port and manual handling of our heavy equipment
“When the main body of about 120 person-
nel arrived we spent nearly three days building
the physical infrastructure before filling out the
departments and starting the workup of the clinical
“Once the hospital was complete we put our-
selves through our paces and focused on our drills
to ensure that when we declared we were ready to
provide live services we were ready to go.”
When the Army hospital needs consultants it
relies upon support from 3HSB’s reserve special-
ists and sometimes international joint collabo-
ration. During Talisman Sabre the R2 (E) had
two US Army doctors on the staff. 2GHB per-
sonnel also partnered closely with the Air Force
medical professionals at the Role 2 Facility in
Lt-Col Martin said 2GHB focused on achieving
the best possible healthcare for the deployed forces
during Talisman Sabre.
“There is a collective mind-set for continuous
improvement within our organisation,” she said.
“We have dynamic-thinking people who ask
questions and we try to encourage a training envi-
ronment where we can learn from the mistakes
we make so that when we are providing real-time
healthcare it is the best we can.
“The environment is one of collaboration,
mutual respect and trust among the clinical teams
where everyone is empowered to support the out-
comes of the patient because everyone makes a
contribution towards patient care.”
Lt-Col Martin said 2GHB would be involved in
the roll-out of the future health capability through
Joint Project 2060 (JP2060), which would deliver
a replacement for the deployable health capability.
“What’s great about Talisman Sabre is the
JP2060 team could engage with Army and Air
Force and we could demonstrate how we use our
equipment and discuss the strengths and weak-
nesses,” she said.
“While preparing to receive real patients during
the exercise we undertook our usual certification
exercise conducted by 3HSB but also conducted
an external verification with the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons Trauma Verification Team.
“This process was designed to test us and pro-
vide us with an independent report to benchmark
us against best practice civilian trauma care, which
is a first for the ADF and a military hospital.
“It was an exciting opportunity for us to learn
what could be refined to improve our practices but
also reassure commanders about the quality of care
we can provide.”
As a part of the testing, the doctors, nurses, sci-
entific officers, radiographers, physiotherapists and
medics were assessed on all the functions of the
hospital from presentations of low-acuity patients
through to the worst case scenario of multiple
Lt-Col Martin said it was a challenge for 2GHB
personnel to balance the requirements of being
capable and confident practitioners whilst develop-
ing and maintaining soldier skills.
“In the battalion it’s a 12-month process we
work on which aligns with our force generation
cycle,” she said.
“We focus on trying to be brilliant at the basics
so that when we deploy the hospital into the field
environment we can operate with confidence and
support the commander’s needs in defence and
As tens of thousands of troops converge on the Queensland coast, Role 2 (E)
Hospital is working to keep them fighting fit, Cpl Mark Doran reports.
2GHB personnel set up a
field hospital facility at the
Shoalwater Bay Training
Area in North Queensland.
Photos: LS Jake Badior
The 2GHB trauma team
prepare to receive a
during the mass
Photo: SSgt Rory Featherston
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