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Sgt Dave Morley
MEMBERS of the 1/15RNSWL
Band ensured the annual Armoured
Corps Conference and Dinner ended
on a high note recently.
Bandmaster Sgt Dave Pragnell
said the band had a wonderful time
entertaining more than 150 diners at
the School of Armour, Puckapunyal.
Guests included the corps direc-
tor, officers and senior NCOs, as
well as representatives from the US
"This is the biggest function we
do each year," Sgt Pragnell said.
"We played Waltzing Matilda
and marches from all the armoured
regiments, as well as lots of Glen
Miller big band tunes.
"It was a rousing success."
There were 18 bandsmen per-
forming, comprising 15 from
1/15RNSWL and three from
"We've all worked together
before so everyone knows what they
have to do," Sgt Pragnell said.
Other recent engagements for
the band included playing for the
NSW Waratahs at Sydney Football
Stadium on April 21 and a welcome
home parade for 8 Bde members at
Randwick Barracks on April 24.
"We supplied three buglers for
various RSL dawn services, did
two laps in the Sydney city march,
and supported the Australian Army
Band -- Sydney at the afternoon
footy match at the Sydney Football
Stadium," he said.
Now in its 121st year, the band is
one of the oldest regimental bands
Tuned in: Members of the 1/15RNSWL Band rehearse ahead of major
events in the first half of this year.
Photo by Musn John Butterworth
DEFENCE and the Department of
Veterans' Affairs (DVA) are well on
the way to improving the support
system for wounded, injured or ill
members in the ADF.
That was a key message from
a report released on April 23 on the
review of current practices for the
Support for Injured or Ill Project (SIIP).
The review was initiated by
Defence to develop a seamless and
integrated support process for injured
or ill personnel.
Head People Capability Maj-Gen
Gerard Fogarty said Defence was com-
mitted to caring for personnel, especial-
ly if they were wounded, injured, or ill.
"The report concluded that the cur-
rent system is generally good, and
results indicate a high return to work
rate for rehabilitated ADF members. It
also recommends that outcomes would
be improved through a more coordi-
nated and integrated approach to health
care and support," he said.
Defence and DVA have started
a second phase of work to continue
improving the system.
Renamed the Support for Wounded,
Injured or Ill Program (SWIIP) to rec-
ognise those wounded during combat
operations, it aims to deliver consistent
support to all wounded, injured or ill
personnel during their service and after
transition from the ADF.
Work to implement the 31 recom-
mendations from the review is under
way and much of the work is expected
to be completed this year.
A key SWIIP initiative is the On
Base Advisory Service, placing spe-
cially trained DVA staff at more than
SWIIP will ensure ADF person-
nel are provided with electronic health
records to simplify their transition to
civilian life and help streamline interac-
tion with DVA.
A range of other support is avail-
able for members, including online
resources at http://at-ease.dva.gov.
au/ and counselling services through
the Veterans and Veterans Families
A copy of the SIIP report can be found
More coordinated approach to health care and rehabilitation
More support: A range of recommendations from a review of the ADF's support for wounded, injured and
ill personnel will be adopted by the end of this year. Pictured here are soldiers doing PT as part of their
rehabilitation at the recently opened Soldier Recovery Centre in Darwin.
Photo by LS Helen Frank
Lancers play hard
for major events
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