RAAF medical staff on the front line

Royal Australian Air Force medical officers, nurses, medical technicians and radiologist are enhancing their clinical skills by treating patients at John Hunter Hospital (JHH) Emergency Department.

CAPTION: Leading Aircraftman Christopher Griffiths and Corporal Stacey Lesbirel, Medical Technicians from No. 2 Expeditionary Health Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown, partake in the clinical placement at John Hunter Hospital Emergency Department. Photo by Corporal Melina Young.

No. 2 Expeditionary Health Squadron (2EHS) Williamtown Clinical Staff have been conducting routine clinical placement under the Joint Health Command led Clinical Placement Deed arrangement with Hunter New England Local Health District.

Squadron Leader Jason Lynam said the placement was of high importance for Air Force medical staff to maintain skills currency.

“Each single service health unit has been liaising directly with local facilities to coordinate placement opportunities for unit personnel,” Squadron Leader Lynam said.

“It has been a valuable learning experience for our clinical staff to consolidate their core skills, and enhance their clinical skills at JHH.”

JHH Nurse Educator Mr Jeremy Pallas said the emergency department was one of the busiest in NSW.

“It gives our Defence colleagues a really good opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of acute presentations from trauma to pediatrics,” Mr Pallas said.

“JHH outpatients and our staff benefit from having exposure to a number of extra staff who are highly skilled in different areas.

“The clinical staff that come in from 2EHS with their deployment and exercise experience really complements the skillset we have got in JHH, which helps us deliver a more well-rounded treatment facility.”

2EHS hopes to continue strengthening their good working relationship with JHH and further develop large scale rehearsal and exercise opportunities to enhance preparedness with local emergency response agencies.

CAPTION: Leading Aircraftman Christopher Griffiths and Corporal Stacey Lesbirel partake in the clinical placement at John Hunter Hospital Emergency Department. Photo by Corporal Melina Young.

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