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August 4, 2011
INQUIRY INTO RECOGNITION OF SERVICE
WITH OPERATION GATEWAY
The Defence Honou rs and Awards Appeals Tribunal has been directed to inquire into and report on recognition for
members of the Australian Defence Force who ser ved with
The Tribunal is conducting public hearings to hear evidence in relation to this matter.
Canber ra - Wednesday 10 August 2011 com mencing at 10am at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Hearing
Rooms, 4th Floor, Canberra House, 40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City.
Adelaide - Tuesday 16 August 2011 com mencing at 9:30am at the AAT Hearing Rooms, 11th Floor, Chesser House, 91
Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
Interested members of the public are invited to attend these hearings and are asked to register their interest by contacting
the Tribunal via telephone (02) 6266 3486 or e-mail DHA.Tribunal@defence.gov.au. The requirement to register is for
administrative pu rposes only. Note: Only those invited by the Tribu nal to speak will be able to do so.
The ter ms of reference for this inquiry can be obtained by reviewing the Tribu nal website at: www.defence-honours-
Tonga (April 13-23)
3172 medical cases
634 dental cases
5 major renovations and a minor
13 water catchment tank installations
Vanuatu (April 28-May 9)
6068 medical cases
676 dental cases
3 classrooms constructed, 2 six-stall
10 watch catchment tank installations
Widened and repaired wheelchair
ramp access at the Frangipani Disa-
bled Children's school
Papua New Guinea (May 19-31)
10,123 medical cases
850 dental cases
Construction of 2 classroom build-
ings, 1 water tower, 400ft of piping
and 1 six-stall, four-sink, four-shower
restroom at 2 primary schools
6 water catchment tanks
East Timor (June 14-25)
10,384 medical cases
554 dental cases
Major renovation to GMT Training
Centre -- including replacement of
flooring, windows, doors and ceilings;
installation of fans, lights and electri-
FSM (July 13-15)
5542 medical cases
665 dental cases
Replaced roofing for 5 classrooms,
painted numerous buildings
4 water catchment tanks
WHAT THEY DID WHERE
Other team members came from
Indonesia, France, Singapore, Canada,
Malaysia, Spain, Japan, Tonga, Vanuatu
and East Timor.
Since it first began, the program has
provided medical, dental, educational,
and preventive medicine services to
more than 241,000 people and com-
pleted more than 150 engineering pro-
jects in 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific
The 36 Australians who were aboard
Cleveland at the end of PP11 returned
to Hawaii with the ship and then flew
Nursing officer FLTLT Darren
Young described the deployment as an
"To have the opportunity to work
with so many different countries was
great," he said.
Dental officer FLTLT Eugeniya
Kelloway said the people were great
and she liked the clinical experience.
"Being at sea and getting used to
ship-board life has been an experience,"
"I also enjoyed working out in the
field and the challenges that came with it."
The ship had arrived in the FSM
on July 3 with representatives from
the Australian, Canadian, Malaysian,
Spanish and US armed forces, as well
as members of the non-government
organisations World Vets and Project
HOPE on board.
Medical officers from the Japan
Air Self-Defense Force also provided
support at multiple medical and civic
action projects in the FSM.
The PP11 team engaged in medi-
cal, dental, veterinary, engineering, and
community service civic action projects
in all four island states of the FSM --
Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae and Yap, with
more than 6200 Micronesians receiving
medical and dental treatment.
The medical contingent filled 5820
prescriptions, gave out 4229 pairs of
glasses, and cared for 244 animals.
It also exchanged ideas with local
nurses and doctors, sharing medi-
cal expertise and experiences that will
improve the quality of health care
Embarked Air Force medical per-
sonnel believed they were making a dif-
ference in their patients' lives.
Nursing Officer FLTLT Sue Withers
said: "Helping the people in these coun-
tries is a passion of mine. It was great
going back to Timor after 11 years and
catching up with a Timorese friend,
meeting his family and helping his fel-
Advanced medical assistant CPL
Ashlea Mysko said she enjoyed helping
"I asked to work in pediatrics with
the kids as I hadn't done that before,"
CPL Mysko said. "It was sad some-
times because some of the kids were so
sick, but their smiling faces brightened
up the days."
Dental hygienist LACW Donna
Hayes said: "Working in these coun-
tries has made me realise how good we
have it in Australia."
' Working in these countries has
made me realise how good we have
it in Australia.
-- LACW Donna Hayes
THIS WAY, MA'AM:
SGT Ben Parkinson
helps an elderly lady
at a Medical Civil
Action program at
Nanpei High School,
FSM.Photo: LS Helen Frank
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