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AN INAUGURAL award has been
named after its first recipient in recog-
nition of her outstanding leadership in
Staff officer grade 1 nursing HQ
Forces Command Lt-Col Julie Finucane
was awarded the College of Emergency
N ursing Australia's (CENA) Julie
Finucane Medal for Leadership.
"I had no idea CENA was going
to name an accolade after me until it
was announced on the night," Lt-Col
"I was truly overwhelmed. I am now
the caretaker of the perpetual trophy,
which will be bestowed biennially to the
individual who meets the award criteria."
Over the years Lt-Col Finucane has
been acclaimed for her achievements in
the field of emergency care.
In 2000 she received the Order of
Australia Medal for services to nurs-
ing and in 2009 received the CENA
Australasian Emergency Nurse of the
She said one challenge of the job was
treating patients presenting for care as
well as managing those waiting in the
emergency department for beds.
"We care for patients during the
most vulnerable times in their lives and
become a part of both life and death in a
family setting," she said.
"It's stressful, but it's a privilege to
care for patients during those important
times in their lives."
Army July 22, 2010
By Michael Brooke
RAA gunners deploying on
Operation Herrick are returning
with valuable experience from
combat that has validated cur-
rent artillery doctrine and train-
ing for the first time since the
Lessons learnt by NCOs and
junior officers while serving in the
gun line with British artillery units
in Helmand province, Afghanistan,
have better prepared the RAA for
CO 8/12 Mdm Regt Lt-Col Neil
Sweeney said there were numerous
benefits for the RAA detachments
involved in Op Herrick, where they
operate the L118 Light Gun.
"The six-month training in the
UK with our British counterparts,
followed by six-month deployments
to Helmand province, allows the
RAA to build new levels of experi-
ence we can inject in all gun-line
personnel," he said.
Lt-Col Sweeney said Op Herrick
confirmed the quality of Army's
training because the feedback from
the UK artillery regiments was that
Australian gunners were highly
trained and highly respected.
"There is an immediate recogni-
tion that we produce very profes-
sional gunners who are capable of
integrating into a unit, go on opera-
tions with that unit and successfully
fulfil their tasks and jobs."
He said Op Herrick had allowed
Aussie gunners to validate the train-
ing regimes that have been in place
over the past 30 to 40 years and have
now been tried and tested in combat.
"The lessons learnt will drive
some doctrinal improvements for
operating in terrain and environ-
ments like Helmand province."
Capt Nick Cooper, 8/12 Mdm
Regt, said in Helmand province the
RAA gunners conducted a whole
range of fire missions in support
of British and Coalition forces and
were primarily involved in fire sup-
port for manoeuvre forces.
Capt Cooper, who deployed in
2008 with Rotation 8, as part of 7
Parachute Regt, Royal Horse Arty,
said they conducted 191 fire missions
and fired about 2900 rounds in sup-
port of British, Danish and US forces.
"The missions ranged from
direct and indirect fire missions in
certain areas such as the valleys they
are working to control, illumination
missions, smoke and the application
of high explosive ordnance in sup-
port of Coalition forward manoeu-
vre operations," he said.
Capt Cooper said the main ben-
efit of the deployment was learning
and sharing that experience.
"The bombardiers have gone on
to train recruits or junior soldiers in
this regiment and the experiences
have taught them what is important
in the modern counter-insurgency
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Since 1986 she has worked in
the emergency healthcare industry,
including 30 years within the A-Res
in RAANC, 16 years as the nurse
unit manager at Princess Alexandra
Hospital's emergency department
in Brisbane and executive director of
CENA from 2003-2009.
"From January to April 2000 I
worked in Bougainville for the ADF,"
she said. "Later, in 2003, I visited
Honiara for Queensland Health as part
of a training program for emergency
and critical-care skills, and conducted
a review of the emergency department
at the National Referral Hospital in
"I was also a member of Queensland
Health Team Foxtrot, which went to
Banda Aceh in January 2005 to care for
Throughout Lt-Col Finucane's career
her expertise has been put to the test.
"It is important to respect the indi-
vidual patient during their care, no mat-
ter how they present," she said.
Recognition: Lt-Col Julie Finucane
COMPILING a list of Australian indigenous
service personnel from the Boer War to the pre-
sent day is a labour of love PO Gary Oakley has
PO Oakley believes his research will reveal that
thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
have served in uniform or alongside the uniformed
ADF in the defence of Australia.
PO Oakley is president of the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Veterans' and Service
Association of Australia, a curator in the exhibi-
tions section and Indigenous Liaison Office at the
Australian War Memorial. He is also a Navy reserv-
ist working with Indigenous Affairs-ADF.
"As the ILO at the AWM, I have been charged
with raising the profile of indigenous service in the
defence of Australia," PO Oakley said.
"One of the ways of doing this is to compile a
list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who
have served. The list will recognise the service and
commitment of indigenous Australians and will
highlight the fact that there were not just a few but
thousands who have answered the call."
If you know of anyone who should be on the list, contact PO
Oakley on (02) 6243 4532 or email email@example.com
Bombs away: LBdr Adam Ratcliffe, 8/12 Medm Regt, selects a shell at Armadillo in Helmand province.
Photo by WO2 Mark Dowling
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