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By ABCSO Ben Lake
THREE sailors from HMAS Cerberus
have helped raise more than $1800 for
the Royal Childrens Hospital by join-
ing the team at Hastings McDonalds,
preparing and selling 940 Big Macs
on McHappy Day.
LSBM Andrew Rigby, LSCIS
Stephen Mantavani and myself worked
the drive-through window alongside
McDonalds staff during the November
The naval presence was bolstered by
the local fire brigade and patrons ben-
efited from free windscreen washing,
face painting and pony rides.
CO Cerberus CAPT Sheldon
Williams said it was great to see a large
number of Cerberus' ship's company
calling in at Hasting McDonalds and
supporting the event.
"This is a perfect example of the
close connection Cerberus enjoys with
the local community and it's a privilege
to support such a worthwhile cause,"
CAPT Williams said.
While everyone enjoyed the day,
sights are firmly set on 2010 and the
chance to set new records for charity.
Cerberus sailors chip
in for Maccas charity
DO YOU WANT FRIES WITH THAT?: LSBM Andrew Rigby, LSCIS
Stephen Mantavani and ABCSO Ben Lake of HMAS Cerberus help out at
Hastings McDonalds on McHappy Day.
THE RANRTF has been award-
ed an honourable mention at the
prestigious Comcare Awards for
The awards, held on November 17,
offered an opportunity to profile top
performing public sector agencies in
the management of risk.
Chairman of the RANRTF CDRE
Paul Kinghorne accepted the award
on behalf of Navy.
"This is a significant achievement
by the RANRTF and for Navy," CDRE
"Noting the size and resources
available to some of the other award
recipients, I am extremely proud of
our efforts to be awarded an honour-
This award caps off a bumper year
for the RANRTF with 1725 Christmas
loans processed, approved and paid
($1.725 million) and 935 general/spe-
cial purpose loans (thus far) processed,
approved and paid ($3.3 million).
With continued financial support
from the RANCCF, the RANRTF con-
tinues to work hard to provide the best
possible loan products and grants for
Navy people and their families.
For more information visit http://intranet.
RANRTF punching above its weight
February 4, 2010
By CMDR Andy Clowes
IF YOU were unlucky enough to
be involved in a serious medical
trauma in early December, then
RAAF Base Amberley in South
East Queensland was the place to
be. Outside a major metropolitan
intensive care unit, it's unlikely you
would have found a more highly
qualified group of intensive care spe-
cialists anywhere in the country.
Conducted entirely by ADF
Reservists and led by Navy Reservist
LCDR Anthony Holley, 22 ADF
medical staff were recently put
through the Basic Assessment and
Support in Intensive Care (BASIC)
The course was developed by the
Chinese University of Hong Kong
and consists of theory and practical
instruction in procedures and skills
performed by medical professionals
in intensive care in both military and
LCDR Holley is a senior inten-
sive care specialist at Royal Brisbane
and Women's Hospital and, through
his civilian contacts, was able to
facilitate the course for the benefit
of the ADF.
Reserve MOs focus
on intensive care
"The high tempo of ADF opera-
tions means that the skills provided
on the BASIC course are invalu-
able to medical professionals in the
ADF," LCDR Holley said.
Despite the acronym of BASIC,
the course is anything but. Students
undertake a series of lectures in the
morning and then spend the after-
noon undergoing practical hands
on training in subjects as diverse as
critical care radiology, arrhythmias
and trauma management.
Students were universal in their
praise for the course highlighting
the valuable insights they gained
through being exposed to experts in
the area of intensive care manage-
Again using his civilian contacts,
LCDR Holley was able to enlist the
support of his Reservist colleagues
from a number of intensive care
units from Queensland hospitals.
LCDR Holley said that, without
the support of the Reservists and
the hospitals where they work, the
course would not have happened.
and LEUT Gavin
Milkins with a
dummy on an
at the RAAF
Photo: CMDR Andy
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