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September 21, 2017
DEFENCE is about to trial hair and
saliva testing as part of the Prohibited
Substance Testing Program (PSTP).
The trial, from October 1, 2017,
to July 31, 2018, will be in addition
to the existing urine tests.
The aim of the trial is to enhance
the deterrent effect of the PSTP.
The advantage of hair and saliva
testing is that it increases the detec-
tion window for prohibited sub-
Hair testing, in particular, allows
for detection of prohibited substanc-
es for up to three months after use.
VCDF VAdm Ray Griggs said
the trial would comprise targeted
and random testing of members in
“Members may be tested more
than once by more than one meth-
od,” VAdm Griggs said.
The Prohibited Substance
Coordinators in each service will
determine the location and timing of
Medvet Science Pty Ltd has been
contracted to implement the trial,
and will assist the Services in the
Hair, saliva added
to drugs testing
physical collection and testing of the
hair and saliva samples.
ADF supervisors from the pro-
gram will continue to supervise the
collection of the samples.
“The trial will provide the ADF
with an ability to decide on the effi-
cacy of hair and saliva testing as
additional methods available to the
Services for routine use of testing
for prohibited substances,” VAdm
He said regardless of the out-
come of the trial, the ability for
the ADF to conduct hair and saliva
testing will be maintained in legis-
lation, policy and procedures, and
will remain a test method available
to the Services to use as deemed
The PSTP was introduced in
2005 to deter the use of prohibited
substances by Defence members in
order to keep them safe and secure
and protect their reputation, and the
reputation of the ADF as a whole.
Prohibited substance use is not
compatible with service in the ADF
and members who test positive are
subject to administrative action
which can include termination.
Since 2005, more than 1100
Defence members have been termi-
nated for prohibited substance use.
For further information relating to the
trial of hair and saliva testing, contact
your Service Prohibited Substance
Testing Coordination Cell at pstpc.navy@
gov.au; or firstname.lastname@example.org
Urine testing will
the trial of hair and
Team flies out for Games
Cpl Mark Doran
THERE are definitely nerves, but
there is a lot of excitement as 43
Australian athletes prepare to hit
the world stage to show the healing
power of sport.
Participants from the ADF and
RSL will compete at the Invictus
Games in Toronto, Canada, from
The contingent was due to fly to
Toronto, compliments of Air Force
on a KC30A multi-role tanker trans-
port, on September 20.
Co-captain Capt Emma Kadziolka
said excitement was building in
anticipation of competing.
“Most of us are extremely happy
with the progress we’ve made dur-
ing our training and rehabilitation
this year and we are looking forward
to a positive Invictus Games experi-
ence,” Capt Kadziolka said.
“Because we are so geographi-
cally spread out, there is responsibil-
ity on the individual athletes to stay
“Apart from our training camps,
the team sports of wheelchair bas-
ketball and wheelchair rugby also
had opportunities to play in
Capt Kadziolka said the commit-
ment and hard work by the athletes
“It’s not about a medal tally for
us – it’s about going to Toronto and
giving it our best effort,” she said.
“Of course there will be individu-
al goals, but a lot of us will be chas-
ing our best personal performances.
“When we walk out in front of
the crowd for the opening ceremony
I think it will be an incredibly
Co-captain Sgt Peter Rudland
said everyone in the team worked
extremely hard during the months of
“As we progressed, the training
camps increased in intensity along
with the degree of nervousness and
excitement for most of the competi-
tors,” Sgt Rudland said.
“The athletes want to perform at
their best, especially in front of their
families, as they represent the ADF
“The hardest part for some was
the challenge of overcoming the
obstacles associated with their phys-
ical injuries or mental health.
“I think the main challenge was
our own expectations.”
Sgt Rudland said the best part of
getting ready for the Invictus Games
was how the athletes came together
as a professional team during the
“It’s been a continuous develop-
ment for us, even in the individual
sports,” he said.
“We are a small team with a
variety of backgrounds and injuries,
and although it’s not just about the
medals, I think we will have a good
standing in the tally.
“A lot of us are here for our
recovery journey, though I think
there are some who are also keen to
bring back a medal.”
The Invictus Games is an initia-
tive of Prince Harry and is an inter-
national adaptive sport competition
using the power of sport to motivate
recovery, support rehabilitation and
generate a wider understanding of
the sacrifices made by the men and
women who serve their countries.
Toronto will host more than
550 competitors from 17 nations
for eight days of competition in 11
adaptive sports including archery,
athletics, indoor rowing, power-
lifting, road cycling, golf, sitting
volleyball, swimming, wheelchair
basketball, wheelchair tennis and
Participants will also compete in
the Jaguar Rover Driving Challenge.
Expressions of interest for the 2018
Invictus Games in Sydney from October
20-27 are now open. For more informa-
tion and nomination forms visit: www.
MEET OUR ATHLETES
A special four-page
Australian Invictus Games team captains Sgt Peter Rudland and Capt Emma Kadziolka, will lead the
the Australian team in Toronto this month.
Photo: Jayson Tufrey
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