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Army September 30, 2010
Needy get vital care
By Cpl Zenith King
IT HAS been more than a month since the ADF
deployed to the Punjab region of Pakistan and, with
the support of AusAID, it has provided assistance to
more than 5000 people affected by floods.
Camp Cockatoo, the Australian base 80km north-
west of Multan, is home to more than 170 Defence and
Doctors, nurses and medics have worked tirelessly
to provide aid to the constant flow of patients coming
through the doors of the field health centre in Kot Addu,
the worst affected area of the nation.
Joanne Wilson, a registered nurse deployed to
Pakistan as part of AusAID's medical team, said her job
was quite different to her role in the emergency depart-
ment of the Royal Perth Hospital and as an Army reserve
nursing officer at 13CSSB.
"Here we have been dealing with primary health care
complaints and looking at the types of diseases that are
specifically related to humanitarian crises," she said.
"The majority of patients are presenting with symp-
toms associated with malaria and diarrhea diseases, all of
which are closely associated with these types of disaster."
Miss Wilson said she thought they were doing extraor-
dinary things. "It's been amazing. We have seen a lot of
patients and have been able to make a difference to the
local population," she said.
"In the beginning we were seeing a lot of people from
this local area but now we have got people walking up to
30km to get to us. The word is out that we are here."
Medical Assistant Cpl Shane Milich, 2EHS, said the
medical facility had dealt with everyone from infants
through to 80-year-olds.
"We have had children who have walked 5 or 6km on
their own to get to the facility."
Cpl Milich said the local nationals were very appre-
ciative of what was being done by the Australians.
"They don't say a lot but you can see it in their faces
as they walk out."
DEFENCE has conducted a review of
DI(G) Personnel 16-16 Transgender
Personnel in the ADF to ensure it remains
an inclusive organisation.
The instruction, last reviewed in April
2000, was found to be significantly out of
date and has been cancelled while a more
inclusive policy is developed.
This takes into account, with compassion
and consideration, the needs of transgender
individuals within the organisation.
Army also strives to be a professional
fighting force; a team of people who look
after their mates.
The core Army values of courage, initia-
tive and teamwork are all-inclusive and as a
team, labels that make its members feel under
valued, excluded or marginalised will not be
In consideration of this, Defence joined an
employer program called Pride in Diversity.
This program aims to assist Australian
employers with the inclusion of lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender employees in the
workplace, encouraging understanding.
It is a reflection of Defence's commitment
to being an employer of choice, and is one
that embraces and accepts a diverse work-
Members are reminded that, regardless of
any specific management policy, all personnel
are obliged to treat others with respect and
dignity and to do otherwise is not consistent
with our core values.
Diversity in the workplace is more
than just understanding -- it is
REPRESENTATIVES from interna-
tional aid agencies, non-government
organisations, government agencies
and the ADF got together in Canberra
this month to improve communication
and cooperation in disaster relief and
The Asia Pacific Civil-Military
Centre of Excellence conducted the
Civil-Military Coordination Course
on behalf of the United Nations
Executive Director of the centre
Maj-Gen Michael Smith (retd) said
recent events, such as the floods in
Pakistan, demonstrated the impor-
tance of better coordination in disas-
Aid course helps with disasters
Translation: Linguist WO2 Mohinder Singh explains medicine requirements to a
Pakistani elder at the Camp Cockatoo Health Centre.
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
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