Corps best medics recognised
The Royal Australian Army Medical Corps’ Colonel-in-Chief, Governor-General General Sir Peter Cosgrove, presented awards to three of the best performers.
The idea of wounded soldiers rehabilitating through work helped Colonel Andy Williams, of Army Health, take out the Geoffrey Harkness Award for outstanding service.
“Rather than putting a wounded digger into a sheltered rehabilitation, then having them look for outside employment, we focused on getting the wounded diggers into work during their rehab,” Colonel
“We entered into partnerships with some big companies who have picked up some of our soldiers and been hugely impressed with them.
“The model of rehabilitation through work, rather than rehabilitation for work, has proved to be extremely good.”
Sergeant Mark Brown, of ALTC, filtered operational lessons into medical courses for deploying soldiers that helped earn him a C.F. Marks award.
“The concept of Combat Health Training Team was to bridge the gap between initial employment training and what was happing in reality overseas,” he said.
“We’d try to take the lessons and bring them back to students.
“Things are always evolving with medicine and the battlefield, but it does take time to filter down to IET courses so we try to bridge that gap.”
Private Tasman Holden, of 2nd General Health Battalion, didn’t see her Representative Honorary Colonel Award coming.
“They were doing end-of-year promotions and farewells then they called out my name,” she said.
“I knew I wasn’t getting promoted and I wasn’t leaving the unit, then they started announcing what I was getting so it was a total surprise.”
She received the award for service above that required of a medic.
“Last year I spent a lot of time out field on exercises for the hospital, like Key Resolve and Giant Viper,” she said.
“Then I was on AACAP for a couple of months, had a week off and went to Papua New Guinea for three-and-a-half months.
“I spent a lot of time out field, never turned down a job and just did my best.”
To qualify for the award, a member must contribute to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps in an outstanding nature. Recipients also receive a cash prize.