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Army February 28, 2013
THE Directorate of Soldier Career
Management -- Army (DSCM-A) has now
relocated to Canberra from Fort Queenscliff.
Operations began at DSCM-A's new home
of Brindabella Park in late January, with a
large number of soldiers and some civilian
staff relocating to Canberra to be part of the
Director Col Susan Coyle said the directo-
rate's work was just beginning.
"It has been a significant undertaking to
establish DSCM-A in Canberra and we still
have a lot of work ahead of us," she said.
"The majority of my civilian staff have not
worked in career management before and are
still learning the ropes, but they have joined
a dedicated team and we are working hard to
clear the transition backlog and to ensure that
Army's capability needs are met.
"We said goodbye to Queenscliff in
December and now my team and I are focused
on making sure DSCM-A is fully operational
in coming months at its new location."
Career Management -- Army's Reform
Program will result in estimated savings of
more than $80 million over the period to 2030.
The relocation of DSCM-A was the centre-
piece of the two-year Reform Program, after
last year's establishment of the Directorates of
Reserve Officer and Reserve Soldier Career
Management in Canberra and the closure
of the regional Army Personnel Agencies in
It is the first time in Army's history that
all career management directorates have been
located under the one roof.
For more information, including contact details for
DSCM-A in Canberra, go to http://intranet.defence.gov.
On the move: DSCM-A posting supervisor Sharon Boyd and WO2 Simon Dettmer settle in to
the directorate's new offices at Brindabella Park in Canberra.
Photo by Cpl Aaron Curran
Career staff move in
DSCM-A personnel settle in to new office in Canberr
The ADF ward at St Vincent's Hospital in
Darlinghurst, Sydney will close on March 31
when the five-year lease at the hospital ends.
The expiry of the lease will not reduce health
care entitlements for ADF members, according to
Commander Joint Health RAdm Robyn Walker.
"Service personnel will continue to be hospi-
talised according to their medical needs," RAdm
"The closure of the ADF ward is not expected
to have an impact on waiting times. Defence
health policy determines acceptable waiting times
and this is monitored by local health staff."
Defence has 14 healthcare facilities provid-
ing medical services to ADF members in Sydney.
ADF members will continue to access inpatient
health services at Holsworthy and Richmond.
The lease with St Vincent's was not able to be
renegotiated. Joint Health Command is currently
exploring options for the establishment of new
inpatient arrangements to supplement facilities at
Holsworthy and Richmond.
The closure of ADF ward is not related to the
contract with Medibank Health Solutions. This
was a matter between Defence and St Vincent's
More than 5500 ADF members have been
admitted for health care since the ward opened on
March 31, 2008.
While it was originally known as the Navy
Ward, more than 30 percent of members admit-
ted over the last five years have been Army or Air
Force personnel. The ADF ward has cared for all
levels of illness and injury.
For more details go to http://intranet.defence.gov.au/vcdf/
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