Medics get clean bill of health to back up troops in com­bat

Townsville Bulletin - - DEFENDERS - LT LIZ DALY

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.

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