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WORLD NEWS 15
Army April 28, 2011
By Cpl Zenith King
AUSTRALIAN and Slovakian sol-
diers in Tarin Kot are working to
improve patient care and medi-
cal training at the Afghan National
Army's (ANA) 4th Brigade garrison
Two Australian personnel are
embedded with the health mentoring
team working with ANA medical per-
Operational Mentor and Liaison
Team (OMLT) health mentor Capt
Andrew Hudson said the mentoring
staff worked in teams of three and pro-
vided guidance in specialist areas such
as health, supply, transport, mainte-
nance and communications.
"We start work every day in the
ANA compound partnering with our
ANA counterparts. Here we guide and
mentor ANA commanders on their
decisions and actions," Capt Hudson
"My health team also visits the gar-
rison medical centre daily to mentor
the ANA medical staff and oversee the
running of the facility."
The garrison medical facility is run
by ANA 1st Lt Farhead who, with his
staff, supports more than 2500 person-
nel from the 4th Brigade.
Capt Hudson said doctors at the
facility dealt with everything from gun-
shot wounds to car accidents, as well
as routine illnesses such as coughs and
"There is also a referral system
in place -- if an ANA patient requires
specialist medical treatment then they
access the coalition's Role 2 Hospital,"
"There are five doctors at the ANA
garrison facility and most have little
experience, so we try to build on this
and arrange for them to visit the Role 2
Hospital where they can train with coali-
tion medical staff on duty at the time."
Once they have finished at the hos-
pital, the mentoring team move on to
the ANA Health Coy training room to
observe implementation of the medical
"Generally we are now at a point
where we can stand back and monitor
the training, and let the ANA teach
themselves," Capt Hudson said.
"The ANA medical staff are doing
very well, but we are there to assist
when required, particularly for the
more complicated procedures."
Capt Hudson said through his men-
toring of the medical team he hoped
the ANA medical staff would one day
be able to deliver medical and health
services to the brigade and its person-
nel without support from coalition
"Our mission is to make sure that
the ANA medics are able to provide
professional health care and support to
their armed forces. They must be self-
reliant and sustainable," he said.
"We train and mentor the doctors
and medics in all health provisions
ranging from battlefield trauma and
tourniquets to minor procedures like
cannulation or suturing.
"I would be confident to say that
the ANA medics under my mentoring
team's guidance are capable and have
"Their skills are still developing,
but they are becoming increasingly
Capt Hudson said the mentor-
ing was going very well and he was
proud of his team's commitment and
"We are in a war zone so you have
to ask yourself the ultimate question:
can these medics perform life-saving
procedures while under fire outside
these four walls?
"And the answer is yes," he said.
Health check: Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team health mentor Capt Andrew Hudson observes
ANA doctor Lt Farhead during a patient check-up in Tarin Kot.
Photo by Cpl Zenith King
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