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November 11, 2010
MEMBERS of the Australian Medical
Task Force (AMTF) received a heroes
welcome at RAAF Base Amberley
when they arrived home from their 10-
week aid mission in Pakistan.
The main contingent of 70 ADF
personnel led by Commander Joint
Task Force 636, WGCDR Ross
Wadsworth, arrived home by C-17A
on October 29 after treating its final
patients and closing the doors of its
health facility at Kot Addu in the cen-
tral Punjab region on October 20.
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin,
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Senator David Feeney and family
members were waiting to greet them.
AIRMSHL Binskin said the suc-
cessful combination of the Defence
and civilian medical teams had ena-
bled the smooth delivery of primary
healthcare and brought emergency
treatment to more than 11,000 flood
"While this marks the end of the
CPL Zenith King
MEDICAL officer FLTLT Rupert
Templeman of 2 Expeditionary Health
Squadron (2EHS) said he was proud
to have been a part of Operation Paki-
stan Assist II.
"Ever since joining the Defence
Force I hoped to be deployed on
humanitarian operations," FLTLT
He would never forget the experi-
ences he had in Pakistan.
"I have had the privilege to care
for severely sick and dehydrated chil-
dren, including infants," he said. "I
am sure that many of them would not
have survived without this interven-
Medical assistant LACW Ashlie
Rennie of 2EHS said being part of
AMTF was an amazing experience.
"The [memories of the] work we
did and the people we saw will stay
with me forever," LACW Rennie said.
"So many people we treated on
this mission will thank Australians for
what we have done."
LACW Rennie said her most
memorable experience was treating
"One day a lifeless eight-month-
old was carried into the health facility
by its mother," she said.
"By late afternoon the child was
full of life, all because of the aid we
"Days like that were very reward-
We're so proud
medical assistance during this crisis
it does not mark the end of our assis-
tance to help Pakistan recover and
rebuild from this disaster," he said.
The AusAID and ADF-led task
force deployed following a request to
Australia by the Pakistan Government
to help relieve the immediate burden
on local medical services following
the devastating floods in July.
Comprising 180 ADF and civil-
ian doctors, nurses, paramedics and
support personnel, the task force
deployed in late August and started
primary medical care on September 2.
By the time the Camp Cockatoo
health facility had closed its doors,
11,375 patients had been treated,
including more than 3000 cases of
malaria and many children suffering
serious illnesses and dehydration.
OIC of the health facility,
SQNLDR Andrew Pearson, said that
the facility was regularly seeing more
than 250 patients a day.
"We made a positive difference at
a time when it was needed most," he
said.WGCDR Wadsworth said that
while the medical mission was over,
there was still a lot of work to be done
in the return of personnel and equip-
ment to Australia.
A small group of 23 ADF per-
sonnel remained in Pakistan to co-
ordinate the administration and final
movements of equipment back to
Operation Pakistan Assist II
was due to officially end after they
returned home on November 8.
AMONG THE ACHIEVEMENTS
The 180 personnel forming the
AMTF deployed on Operation
Pakistan Assist II treated 11,375
patients -- an average of 250 each
They treated more than 3000
cases of malaria.
Six RAAF C-17A Globemaster
flights delivered aid, personnel
and equipment into Pakistan and
the Medical Task Force provided:
201 family tents; 9126 tarpaulins;
and 10 rolls of plastic sheeting to
shelter more than 10,000 families.
24 portable generators to safely
provide power to temporary
7420 water storage containers and
water purification tablets to pro-
vide 30 days of safe drinking water
for more than 7000 families.
1962 birthing kits.
THEY'RE HOME: Left, members of
the Australian Medical Task Force
arrive at RAAF Base Amberley to
a rousing welcome as they return
home from Pakistan; above, SGT
Peter Renaud back in the arms
of his wife Kathryn and daughters
Ashleigh and Isabella; inset left,
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin greets
WGCDR Ross Wadsworth and
AusAid's Thanh Le.
Photos: LAC Benjamin Evans
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