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Army November 26, 2009
THE Army White
will conduct Exercise
Tasman Advance dur-
ing January 4-15.
The annual exercise
will be held in south-east
Tasmania and will give
participants a qualifica-
tion in sea kayaking.
Participants will be
instructed on safety
aspects and receive
an introduction to the
equipment before tak-
ing to the water.
The exercise is open
to all ADF personnel
and Defence civilians
who are members of the
It is suitable for those
who are new to the sport
and experienced mem-
Expressions of interest
can be submitted to peter.
for more information on the
Army White Water Association.
By WO2 Graham McBean
MISSION specific first-aid train-
ing conducted by Rotation 19
(R19) medics deployed to Solomon
Islands proved to be the right tonic
for the rifle company soldiers.
A joint program was organ-
ised between the rifle platoons
and medical staff to achieve the
first-aid objectives but remain rel-
evant to the Op Anode mission.
Scenarios based on real-time tasks
focused on treatment of injuries most
likely encountered on the deployment
such as heat illness, cuts and blunt
wounds caused by rock throwing.
Platoons also had to consider the
operational imperatives of taking men
from sections to treat injuries while
maintaining the security and success
of the operation. There weren't many
Oscar-winning performances from
role players drawn from administra-
tive personnel at CTF 635 headquar-
ters, but they did achieve the aim of
adding interest to training.
R19 medic Pte Michelle Lingham
said the program had injected interest.
"Everyone knows how exciting medi-
cal lessons are," Pte Lingham said.
"If we make it relevant to the job
it keeps them interested and we've
had good feedback on the program."
Senior R19 medic Cpl Hayley See
said the program had been particular-
ly successful for the Tongan platoon.
"It has given them additional capa-
bility to offer effective first aid until
higher medical support can arrive,"
Cpl See said.
Stable: Cpl Hayley See oversees first-aid training for Tongan soldiers who are attending to a casualty.
Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
A large dose of cred
Sgt Andrew Hetherington
MEDICAL training for Army person-
nel is to be revolutionised after the
development and first running of a
The Care of the Battle Casualty
course was held for members of 6RAR
Battle Group at Enoggera barracks on
The purpose of the development
and delivery of the world-class course
was to deliver advanced first aid and
advanced trauma life-support training
to prepare soldiers who are deploying
Forcomd Health Officer and co-
course developer Col Georgeina
Whelan said it was designed around up-
to-date medical techniques applicable
for use in current theatres of combat.
"The types of injuries we deal with
now are mainly bullets, blasts and
burns, which previous types of medical
training did not provide the responder
with adequate skills for initial treat-
ment," Col Whelan said.
"In the past we used the generic
ABCA response, which was a very
nominalised first-aid reaction.
"The focus is now on control of
haemorrhage, maintenance of airway
and treatment of severe trauma from for
example an IED."
The Enoggera barracks course was
run by regular and reserve medical per-
sonnel and a clinical team from Care
Flight Australia. Coordination and bat-
tle simulation effects were provided by
a company called Cubic Defence.
"Day one of the four-day course was
refresher training for medical personnel
and concurrently we introduced to the
other students the theory of the care of
the battle casualty and care under fire
components," Col Whelan said.
"Day two dealt with the practical
hands-on training mainly focusing on
haemorrhage, introducing the use of
haemostat dressings and tourniquets.
"This also integrated the effective
use of simulation, utilising battlefield
effects, high fidelity mannequins, simu-
lated casualties and animal carcasses."
This allowed the team to assess the
effective application of tourniquets and
haemostatic dressing by every member
of the battle group.
The course culminated with the unit
simulating patrols where soldiers were
tested under battlefield conditions.
In the future aspects of the course
will be integrated into basic training
for soldiers and officers.
Wrapped up: A contractor, who
is an above the knee amputee, is
being treated by the resus team
during the course.
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