The Australian Defence Force has rolled out an online training package to support Defence personnel who may be deployed as part of Defence’s response to COVID-19.
FILE PHOTO (14 April 2020): Australian Defence Force medical and scientific personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy boarded a C-130J Hercules aircraft at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Queensland, travelling to assist with a recent COVID-19 outbreak at North West Regional Hospital in Burnie, Tasmania. Photo by Trooper Jonathan Goedhart.
The training courses are designed to quickly prepare ADF personnel, who do not have a medical background, to conduct medical-support tasks and other duties as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist.
Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell said that more than 52,000 Defence personnel had enrolled in the training courses to date.
“The courses cover a range of topics, from general awareness about COVID-19 to the skills required to support federal, state and territory authorities, whether that is working in health facilities as orderlies or supporting quarantine compliance measures,” General Campbell said.
“Over the course of Operation COVID-19 Assist, many ADF members will find themselves performing tasks outside their normal duties.
“With these online training courses, ADF personnel will have the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to assist in whatever tasks they may be called upon to support.”
Following the successful rollout to Defence personnel, the courses will now also be made available to Australia’s international military partners.
“The ADF has a proud history of supporting our international partners in times of need,” General Campbell said.
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