Medics get clean bill of health to back up troops in combat
THE 1st Close Health Battalion was put through its paces during the 17th Brigade Certification of the Readying Close Health Company at Lavarack Barracks prior to departure on Exercise Talisman Sabre.
The 2nd Close Health Company conducted their certification of provision of health support with assessment by key health specialists from 3rd Health Support Battalion.
Conducted at the CSIRO flats, the 1st Close Health Battalion were assessed on their ability to provide close health support to a combat brigade across a number of different scenarios.
These scenarios included point of injury care, evacuation, primary health, mass casualties, critical incident management and casualty regulation.
Role players were provided from 11 CSSB ARES personnel, with moulage applied to casualties for realistic portrayal of injuries.
“The serials injected into this certification are based on current operational environments with the assessors having over 20 years of collective experience in pre- hospital acute care and evacuation in military and civilian exercises,” 1st Close Health Battalion’s Senior Medical Officer Major Andrew Ramage said.
“The exercise has not only enabled us to be certified as Ready to support the Combat Brigade, but provides the medical personnel with realistic training and mentoring by specialists in their fields.”
The certification also provided an opportunity for the battalion to conduct phase 2 of the trial of Health Net, a pilot of a communications system in the operational environment to enable the provision of technical, functional and clinical information required for the effective provision of healthcare.
The communications system, designed with 2nd General Health Battalion and 145 Signal squadron, is an addition to the current communications method of relaying 9- Liners and MISTs.
It provides a dedicated clinical channel where medical- in- confidence information can be sent directly between the Role 1 Health Facilities and the Role 2E Health facility.
“The intent of Health Net is to provide a dedicated medical communication means to produce a span of reports and returns likely to be communicated between health elements to significantly improve the communication of technical, functional and clinical information between health elements in the operational environment,” said Officer Commanding of 2nd Close Health Company Major Craig Alcock.
Health Net will continue to be trialled at Talisman Sabre with 2 GHB participating in the trial to bridge the gap in the electromagnetic link between health nodes dispersed across the battlespace with integral support being provided by 145 Signal Squadron.