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RAAF Base Edinburgh's new first-
class medical centre is now taking
At the opening of the facility on
March 30, Director General Garrison
Health Operations AIRCDRE Tracy
Smart said the "amazing" facility
was not only important for the base
but the wider ADF medical commu-
"The opening of this facility is a
very important step in our health ser-
vices reform program as it is the first
of our new health facilities purpose-
built to deliver health services under
the Joint Health Command banner,"
AIRCDRE Smart said.
"This is the first time we shall
see the integration of primary health
care, dental, physiotherapy, reha-
bilitation and mental-health services
under one roof for the 3000-plus
ADF personnel now in residence at
Base personnel can look forward
to enjoying the latest in health-care
support 24 hours a day, seven days a
week at the centre.
The Senior Health Officer and CO
4 Expeditionary Health Squadron,
WGCDR Andrew Ormsby, said the
new centre resulted from discussions
that were part of the Hardened and
Networked Army concept that started
in 2006, prior to 7 Battalion Royal
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The centre comprises a 22-bed
inpatient facility, and is staffed by
about 70 to 80 personnel.
"They are a mix of Air Force,
Army, APS and contract health prac-
titioners," WGCDR Ormsby said.
"Currently we have 19 Air Force
personnel, including medical offic-
ers, nursing officers, environmental
health officers, medical assistants
and administration clerks."
While it does not offer any new
services, its other core services are
being enhanced to meet the growing
dependency in Edinburgh.
AIRCDRE Smart said it was not
the new facilities alone that would
create an integrated health service
but the people who worked in the
"I therefore empower you all to
work together as a team to realise
Joint Health Command's vision of
being a world-class military health
service," she said.
at the official
MEMBERS of the ADF who have been
honoured to receive the Order of Aus-
tralia have been invited to join the ACT
branch of the Order of Australia Asso-
To mark the occasion, CDF ACM
Angus Houston, himself a branch mem-
ber, delivered the inaugural OAA-ADF
Oration on April 19 at Russell Offices
Civilian and military members
attended the historic occasion.
In his opening remarks, branch
chairman Len Goodman said he was
keen to see more military members join
the association, noting that AIRCDRE
Peter McDermott was recently elected
as Chair of the national council.
CDF said he believed that it was
relevant the association members in the
audience were aware of some of the
challenges the ADF was facing in terms
of Australia's strategic environment,
how the ADF was preparing to face the
uncertain future, and the outstanding
work ADF men and women were cur-
rently doing on deployment around the
CDF thanked those present for their
outstanding contribution to Australia as
evidenced by their membership of the
association, and also thanked the mili-
tary members for attending.
For information on how to join the OAA,
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