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IF EARNING your pilot's wings is one
of the proudest moments in your life,
then pinning the wings on not one but
two of your sons would have to be equal-
That was the case for AVM (ret'd)
John Quaife who was given the honour
of presenting his youngest son, OFFCDT
Andrew Quaife, with his wings at RAAF
Base Pearce on June 30.
AVM Quaife had also presented his
eldest son, FLTLT Brendan Quaife,
with his wings in 2004.
OFFCDT Quaife graduated from
222 Pilots' Course at 2 Flying Training
AVM Quaife said the presentation
was a very special occasion.
"I feel very fortunate in having
two sons who are doing what they
love," he said.
CFN Max Bree
FOR eight years the ADF has reaped
the benefits of a pilates program aimed
at reducing pain and improving func-
tion for sailors, soldiers and airmen
suffering chronic lower back pain.
Public servant and Air Force
r eservist FLTLT Anna Lewis has
t reated more than 700 patients
since she began the clinical pilates
r ehabilitation program at HMAS
Kuttabul in 2003.
Pilates -- a body conditioning
routine that focuses on core strength
-- is used in Defence as an exercise-
based rehab program with the aid of
special springloaded equipment.
Dr Lewis's program caught the
attention of the Army's Special
Operations Command (SOCOMD)
physiotherapists last year and is now
being used extensively throughout
Dr Lewis said that the physios
and patients alike had embraced
Pilates the program. "Pilates activates the
core stabilising muscles so it comple-
ments their strength training. And they
continued with a self-managed use of
the program," she said.
The program recently spread
north when Dr Lewis conducted a
pilates workshop at Lavarack Health
Centre in Townsville, training 10
ADF and APS physiotherapists in
SOCOMD supported the work-
shop by providing one of the phys-
iotherapists previously trained by Dr
Lewis as an assistant.
Dr Lewis said the training helped
educate more Defence physiothera-
pists on the techniques and benefits
"The Townsville physios were
very receptive about implementing
the pilates into their rehab treatments.
They saw the benefits immediately,"
During the workshop the phys-
iotherapists treated a variety of
patients with conditions ranging
from acute and chronic lower back
pain to hip, shoulder and knee inju-
ries.The concepts taught by Dr Lewis
have since been integrated into
the rehabilitation of members at
SOCOMD and Townsville with very
For more information on Dr Lewis's
pilates program, contact (02) 9359 3375
as a physio
an exercise on a
piece of pilates
while the other
Photo: MAJ Al
Son No. 2 rises to his wings
"I must admit that it's also great
knowing that they are part of an organi-
sation that presents its people with tre-
mendous opportunities as well as great
FLTLT Brendan Quaife serves with
37SQN as a C-130J co-pilot.
PROUD: AVM John Quaife pins the
wings on OFFCDT Andrew Quaife.
Photo courtesy Joondalup Photo-Design
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