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I WOULD like to convey my thanks and provide
some feedback to the ADF women who, in late
2008, completed my questionnaire about their expe-
rience of breastfeeding and returning to active duty.
Having breastfed my three children while serving in
the ADF, I realised there was minimal policy guidance
available to support women or commanders in making
decisions about breastfeeding, so I made this the sub-
ject of my Masters of Public Health (Defence) thesis.
The objectives of the study included benchmark-
ing the rates and behaviours of breastfeeding among a
cohort of ADF women in comparison with Australian
norms. Results were compared to Australian and inter-
My major recommendations were the drafting of a
policy to specifically address breastfeeding and lacta-
tion breaks in the ADF context, including occupational
hygiene issues and reference to individual readiness,
fitness testing and medical employment classifica-
tion policies. The recommendations were passed to
DGPers-AF for consideration.
If anyone would like further information about
the results of this study, please contact me on kel-
Sqn-Ldr Kelley Stewart (retd)
THE Victorian Colonial Infantry Association con-
gratulates Melbourne University Regiment (MUR)
on the granting of the freedom of entry to the city of
It is, in our view an honour long overdue.
We were pleased to see the report of this event
(Army, April 1), but we would like to take the opportu-
nity to correct a few details.
The regiment's inception date is a matter of some
conjecture. The date given in the article of March
5, 1910, marks the origin of the title Melbourne
University Rifles. Before this date the regiment was
known as the University Company of 4th Bn Victorian
Rifles (Mount Alexander Rifles)
The University Company had been designated in
this way since 1883 and had earlier been known as
the Carlton Company of the same regiment. Mount
Alexander Rifles was founded on June 30, 1858.
The first 52 years of the regiment's history is also
important, and, indeed the nominal roll for February
1883 shows an entry for a Cpl John Monash, who was
promoted to sergeant later that year.
The regiment has a long and proud history, even
longer and prouder than the article suggests.
In regard to the photograph accompanying the arti-
cle, the "member of a re-enactment troop" is in fact
myself and the uniform is that of Mount Alexander
Rifles circa 1860. The rank on that uniform is that of
sergeant major. Non-warranted sergeants major in fact
wore four chevrons well into the 20th century.
Our organisation has been supporting Victorian
infantry regiments in the research and preservation of
their history for many years and will continue to do so.
Again we congratulate the officers and soldiers of
MUR. We will be celebrating the 152nd anniversary of
the regiment on June 30 and members of the regiment
can expect to receive more information on this event.
Victorian Colonial Infantry Association
of mothers' rights
History: MUR soldiers during their freedom of
entry parade in Melbourne.
I WRITE in response to the arti-
April 15 issue of Army.
Op Care is now four years old,
the Army has more than 100 casu-
alties from its involvement in Iraq
and Afghanistan, but only around
20 Defence personnel have taken
one of the many options available
for a relaxing week of R&R for a
wounded member and his family,
or the family of a deceased mem-
ber. Why is this?
Op Care is governed by CDF
The allocation of options is
available through a Benevolent
Fund Board controlled by the
There are many options, I
believe mostly on Queensland and
NSW coastlines, but a quite differ-
ent option is available at Ballarat
in country Victoria.
The Ballarat option, Op R&R
Ballarat, offers a wonderful week
of R&R in the historic goldfields
town and includes such activi-
ties as visiting the world class
Sovereign Hill historic township,
the Gold Museum and the Eureka
Centre near the original Eureka
The Ballarat option provides
tourist passes, accommodation,
meals and use of a vehicle.
The organising committee
for Ballarat's Op R&R Ballarat
looks forward to supporting ADF
members who take up the Ballarat
option under Op Care.
Maj Neil Leckie
Op Care's goldfield offering
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