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Army February 2, 2012
Cpl Max Bree
RATION pack research has
received a boost with Parliament
approving a multimillion dol-
lar upgrade to Defence Science
and Technology Organisation's
(DSTO) food research facility at
Scottsdale in Tasmania.
The $18.7m upgrade,
announced late last year, will
include redeveloped chemistry
and nutrition labs, a new food
technology building and a modern
cell culture laboratory to investi-
gate the impact of food on health
The lab building will feature a
food processing plant, test kitch-
en, sensory evaluation and climate
controlled store rooms.
The new facilities will open
up opportunities for Defence to
study how different foods interact
with specific genes to increase the
risk of common diseases, such as
diabetes and heart disease.
Secretary Senator David Feeney
praised the work of the DSTO
team at Scottsdale.
"The good work done in food
research at the Scottsdale facility
is evidenced thousands of times
every day when our men and
women in uniform are provided
with meals specifically formulat-
ed for their health and wellbeing,"
Mr Feeney said.
SGT Michael Lyddiard is hoping to give something
back to the Army community when he finishes a
bachelor degree in occupational therapy.
Sgt Lyddiard was critically wounded when an
IED he was attempting to render safe exploded in
Afghanistan in 2007.
While one course is usually enough for most
people -- at one point last year Sgt Lyddiard was
enrolled in a Diploma of Management as well as his
He has also completed a Diploma in Health
Science as a bridging course to the degree he is
studying at James Cook University.
Two distinctions, one credit and a pass from his
four units in health science helped him on his ulti-
mate aim to study occupational therapy.
Sgt Lyddiard said his ideal job would be man-
aging rehabilitation services in Townsville after
completing his degree in 2015 to provide a different
perspective and inspiration to other personnel.
"One of my biggest aspirations is to assist the
serving soldier and his or her family -- that is what I
hope to achieve as I still have a lot of mates serving
and some are or have been wounded or injured," he
"I have experienced the difficulty of trying to get
back on your feet and the hardship endured by fam-
ily and friends -- this can only help.
"I think my perspective from a senior NCO who
was fully able to a senior NCO who is disabled
means I have a lot to contribute."
He said he had just started the degree but his
overall goal was to get involved in small team reha-
"Anything is possible but I would like to be in
a management position to help and empower oth-
ers, and to lead small teams that wish to inspire and
improve people's quality of life.
Defence Science and
Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon said Scottsdale was
one of Australia's most important
"The research and develop-
ment in nutrition and rationing
that occurs at Scottsdale are key
to the ADF," Mr Snowdon said.
"This project will deliver
modern, functional food science
research facilities for DSTO per-
DSTO Scottsdale's research is
focused on developing nutrition
for performance enhancement and
improving rations for the ADF.
The Scottsdale facility will
remain open during construction
and is scheduled for completion
Government approves $18.7m for Defence food research facility
Chow time: Cpl Bryony McNicol, 144 Sig Sqn, and Det-Supt Scott Duval of the South Australia
Police share a ration pack meal during Exercise Boss Lift 2011.
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
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