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Army June 23, 2011
By Capt Geoffrey Hatcher
MEMBERS of 15 Tpt Sqn
answered the call from the Red
Cross Blood Service on May 25
to donate blood and help develop
a frozen platelets product for use
by deployed Australian forces.
Fourteen members of the squad-
ron rolled up their sleeves and
donated their blood in support of
The 9FSB subunit is headquar-
tered in Bendigo, with a troop in
Horsham, and managed to fit the
blood donation into a busy 2011
OC 15 Tpt Sqn Maj Carl
Edwards said squadron members
responded well to the opportunity
"In particular, they were pleased
their blood would be used to help
develop a product that can be used
by deployed ADF members on
operations all over the world," Maj
Maj Edwards said he encour-
aged members of the Horsham-
based 128 Tp to outdo their
"I'm pleased that members of
the squadron have decided to make
such a personal decision to contrib-
ute to this important work."
The opportunity fitted in neat-
ly between unit activities, which
began with the Victorian floods in
the Rochester, Eucha, Kerand and
Swan Hill regions.
During this time, the squadron
evacuated about 100 people, deliv-
ered almost 250,000 sandbags and
assisted in the sandbagging of about
The squadron also delivered four
Mack dump trucks to Queensland to
assist in flood relief.
Since then, the squadron has
returned to its mix of scheduled
training, complemented by various
road transport tasking.
By LCpl Mark Doran
WO2 DENNIS Ramsay, ALTC,
has agreed to be the face of Army
for the 2011 Defence Blood
Challenge from September 1 to
All Defence personnel and
Defence civilians are encouraged to
donate blood in a challenge between
the three services.
The Australian Red Cross Blood
Service will tally the total blood
donations from the three services
to see if Air Force retains its 2010
title.WO2 Ramsay said he was proud
to be involved in the challenge as
there were not many blood products
he had not received during his 2008
illness and the amputation of his legs.
"Every member of the Army
needs to be on top of this and try
to supply as much blood as pos-
sible during the challenge to show
up the Navy and the Air Force,"
for ADF donors
Blood donors: Front to back, OC 15 Tpt Sqn Maj Carl Edwards, Tim Hughan, Alex Brent and Glen Kerr.
Photo by Peter Weaving, Bendigo Advertiser
Sqn rolls up its sleeves
WO2 Ramsay said. "There are also
Defence members wounded dur-
ing overseas operations who will
possibly need blood products to
help with their rehabilitation and
the medical procedures they may
require when they get home.
"It was the blood from donors
which brought life back into me."
During last year's challenge
ADF members gave enough blood
to save 3795 lives. Only one in 30
Australians gives blood, though one
in three will need blood or blood
products during their lives.
Strategic Logistic Branch staff
officer and Blood Challenge organ-
iser Gary Schulz said the initiative
would help highlight Defence's
involvement in the community.
"It's important the public sees
Defence as part of the day-to-day
life in Australia," Mr Schulz said.
"No one thinks about blood day-
to-day, but sometime, somewhere, a
friend, a family member or spouse
might need it."
One donation can save up to
three lives and more than 27,000
donations are required each week in
To give blood contact the Red Cross Blood
Service on 13 14 95 or book online at
Donor: WO2 Dennis Ramsay
DURING last year's CA's challenge,
we received around 24 submissions
focusing on Army's rehabilitation
management and Class 8 supplies
(pharmaceuticals and other medical
These suggestions came from a num-
ber of Army units and brigades including
HQ 1 Bde, 17 Bde, 4 Fd Regt, Pilbara
Regt, 7CSSB and CATC.
Following on from these suggestions, a
series of health reviews have commenced.
In November last year the School of
Inf conducted a rapid improvement exer-
cise aimed at quantifying the rehabilita-
tion management issue from the unit's
Outcomes from the exercise con-
firmed the need for another review
expanding on the School of Inf's
the Class 8
(not just Army) have now been assem-
bled to do the review and develop a plan
to address the problems identified in
By DCA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
the School of Inf exercise and the CA's
Challenge submissions. In the com-
ing weeks, another rapid improvement
exercise on health is being conducted at
Randwick Barracks in NSW. It will con-
tinue on from the School of Inf's work.
This is a good example of some
common sense suggestions that soldiers
made through the CA's Challenge and
continue to make. It illustrates the value
of one idea which has since morphed
into a series of reviews.
These reform activities target the
right people at the same time to focus on
solving a problem that affects the whole
of Army and therefore Army's capability.
Visit the Army reform site and check out our new
Smart Practices video. The video has some useful
information on garrison support services reform
Suggestions for health
reviews see results
Check up: A number
of health reviews are
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