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Army April 26, 2012
Cam trial extended
TRIALS for the new Defence
maternity uniform have been
extended to allow expectant
mothers to have continued access
to the cams during pregnancy.
The uniforms are available to
women for situations when cams
are the authorised dress of the
day, allowing expectant mothers
a wider choice of clothing rather
than being limited to polys.
The Disruptive Pattern
Maternity Uniform Trial provides
two sets of maternity shirts and
trousers to pregnant members.
The trial will continue to
bridge the gap through to the
establishment of a long-term con-
tract, due early next year.
The new maternity uniform
has proven to be popular with
trial participants, with plenty of
positive feedback to the Army
A participant in the trial, Maj
Jess Poyner said the uniform was
a comfortable alternative to the
previous polys-only maternity
"It allows me to fit in with the
rest of my team," she said.
"I have had a lot of interest
from other female members who
think it is great that Army is tak-
ing an active interest in their
To provide feedback on the trial or for
more information, contact WO2 Brenda
Rozitis on (02) 6265 5736.
THE Phase 1 final report of the DLA Piper
Review of allegations of sexual and other
abuse in Defence was delivered to Defence
Minister Stephen Smith on April 17.
The review received more than 1000
submissions alleging abuse from 1951 to
the present, 775 of which fell within the
review's terms of reference.
Phase 1 of the review assessed the sub-
missions to determine whether they had
been appropriately managed and, where
appropriate, recommended further action
to the minister. This phase also considered
systemic issues that would require further
investigation in Phase 2.
Phase 2 will review Defence's processes
for responding to allegations of sexual or
other forms of abuse and make recommen-
dations about systemic issues, as well as
overseeing the implementation of the Phase
"The individual allegations, findings,
issues and recommendations included in
[Phase 1] are serious and concerning," Mr
Smith said. "They involve complex and
Volume 1 of the report, released on
March 7, outlined a range of options for the
government to respond to people who had
made plausible allegations of abuse, rang-
ing from existing compensation schemes
through to Royal Commission and judicial
Defence is currently reviewing the
Phase 1 report and will have an opportunity
Pregnant personnel can access maternity cams
HOW TO ORDER THE UNIFORM
Member obtains a completed
PM101 confirmation of preg-
nancy form from the local medi-
Member presents the form to
the local clothing store and
completes the request for dis-
ruptive pattern maternity uniform
documentation, available from
clothing stores or http://intranet.
The clothing store passes the
request documentation to DMO,
which arranges for the contrac-
tor to manufacture the uniform
and have two sets sent to the
member's clothing store.
The clothing store contacts the
member once the garments
The process should take six to
Expecting: Capt Julie Pearce, of RMC Duntroon, wears the disruptive
pattern maternity uniform as dress of the day.
Photo by Grace Costa
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