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Army October 13, 2011
SIGNIFICANT changes at the School
of Inf and Trainee Rehabilitation Wing
mean injured trainees get the right
treatment sooner and stand a better
chance of getting back to training and
graduating as infantrymen.
In June this year, a team from the
School of Inf, TRW, HQ Forcomd, and
AHQ, conducted a Rapid Improvement
Event at Randwick Barracks.
HQ Forcomd Health Officer Col
Georgina Whelan said the team was
tasked to review the process for rehabili-
tation of soldiers injured in training at the
"They have also developed a new,
streamlined process that doesn't reduce
the level of care our soldiers receive, and
that Army will be able to use more widely
when soldier recovery centres come online
in 1, 3 and 7 Bdes," Col Whelan said.
CO School of Inf Lt-Col Andrew
Lowe said the TRW was the best place
for trainees to receive rehabilitation.
"Soldiers have a better chance of
returning to training faster and in a more
robust condition if they recover in a dedi-
cated facility like TRW," Lt-Col Lowe
"Before the new process came into
play we were tying up staff and resources
by locally managing people who would
have been better off at TRW.
"The new process lets us use TRW's
capacity more fully, and we are."
He said the key benefit was soldiers
would now return to training faster, fitter
and stronger. "But also, we save time and
money on travel, specialist appointments
and convalesence leave," he said.
"Importantly for the school, I have
been able to reinvest an infantry lieuten-
ant and two corporals in our core business
-- training infantrymen.
"We have also been able to focus our
unit health staff's efforts on keeping sol-
diers in training and on identifying warn-
ing signs so we can better prevent inju-
ries. The benefits are exponential across
Director Strategic Reform
Program -- Army Col Jane Spalding said
rapid improvement events were all about
improving the way Army did business.
"In this case the original idea came
from a School of Inf activity in November
last year and was expanded on by HQ
Forcomd," Col Spalding said.
"The new rehabilitation process is an
outcome that helps Army's people and
For more information about rapid improvement
events see the Army reform site on the DRN at
Boost to rehab
at School of Inf
Quick response: Trainees injured at the School of Inf during training are reaping the benefits of the
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
FOR the third year in a row the
Australian Defence Organisation
(ADO) has won a major Red Cross
Competing in the Public Sector
Category against organisations such
as the Department of Immigration
and Citizenship and the Department
of Agriculture, Fisheries and
Forestry, the ADO was awarded the
highest number of donations, with
957.Since the ADO's participation in
the ACT Club Red/Sunday Canberra
Times Corporate and Community
Blood Challenge in 2008, more than
3000 donations have been made, sav-
ing more than 10,000 lives.
This is the ninth year of the chal-
lenge, which runs over the financial
year. In 2010/11 a total of 9205 dona-
tions were made, saving more than
Two hundred and seventy organi-
sations registered in this year's chal-
lenge and were made up of 12 cat-
egories, with awards going to the top
three category winners.
Some of the categories included
public, private, community, higher
education, embassy and legal.
Representing the ADO, Cmdr
Robyn Walker accepted the first place
trophy from three-year-old Matthew
Medved. Matthew is one example of
the many children who have benefit-
ted from the challenge. He receives
intragam, a plasma product.
"It's a pleasure to represent the
ADO in accepting the award," Cmdr
"Blood donations help thousands
of people in the treatment of cancer,
stomach and bowel diseases, as well
as people hurt in accidents and moth-
ers who experience complications in
pregnancies and childbirth."
ADO retains challenge
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