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December 10, 2009
By Hugh McKenzie
CURRENT and former Navy per-
sonnel who believe they have
been exposed to airborne asbes-
tos fibres are being encouraged
to register for a medical evalu-
Defence Centre for
Occupational Health Director John
Heggart said his team were con-
cerned that the registration scheme
may have slipped below the radar.
"Based on the number of people
currently registering there doesn't
appear to be a lot of concern," Mr
"In past years when asbestos
was initially identified, concern
was significant and a lot of peo-
ple registered and went through a
medical examination process.
"Defence is committed to the
eradication of all asbestos and
Indeed, the Asbestos Inventory
Tiger Team is working to identify
any asbestos remaining in inven-
tory and Defence is actively imple-
menting programs and strategies
to safeguard its people against any
Mr Heggart said registration was
a simple procedure.
"My team can make sure that,
if there is a health problem, it can
be addressed as quickly as possible
through our arrangement with Health
Current and retired ADF mem-
bers and APS employees who
think they may have been exposed
to asbestos and would like to have
their asbestos-related medical status
evaluated, are encouraged to contact
1800 Defence (1800 333 3623) and
register with the Defence Asbestos
Exposure Evaluation Scheme.
More information can be found at www.
asbestos/ or http://ohsc.defence.gov.au/
ASBESTOS AWARE: Centre for Occupational Health Director John
Heggart is encouraging people who think they have been exposed to
asbestos to register to have a health assessment conducted.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
By Michael Brooke
RAN sailors have helped to make the
Christmas wishes of more than 500
disabled and disadvantaged children
More than 50 sailors joined hands
with the wider community to throw a
very memorable Christmas party for
children with special needs at Rosehill
Gardens Race Course on December 2.
The sailors from HMAS Kuttabul
and HMAS Creswell's Rogers Division
helped make the Christmas party a huge
success by pushing children in their
wheelchairs around the show ground,
which featured scores of exhibitions,
rides and amusements.
The happy expressions and smiles on
the faces of the special children spoke
volumes of how much they enjoyed hav-
ing the Navy and santa at their party.
The sailors wowed hundreds of on-
lookers with a samba dance on stage dur-
ing a bongo concert, which also had the
children dancing and clapping with joy.
Many of the children had watched
Sea Patrol on TV and they chatted excit-
edly with the sailors about the adventure
of serving in the RAN and defending the
Rogers Division Coordinator CPO
Kennith O'Connor said this was the sec-
ond time that the Navy had joined hands
with the wider community to support the
Special Children's Christmas Party.
"We love being here to join hands
with the local community and to contrib-
ute to such a worthwhile cause as helping
disabled children celebrate Christmas in
grand style," he said.
Kuttabul's sailors were among hun-
dreds of Navy personnel nationwide who
volunteered their time this festive season
to make the Christmas wishes of disad-
vantaged children come true.
CHRISTMAS WISH: ABCIS Jessica Dalgleish of Defence Communications
Station Sydney makes a Christmas wish come true for three year old Akira
Daly while her brother Cameron Daly offers support.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
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