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VVCS provides counselling and support services to Australian veterans, peacekeepers, eligible
members of the Defence Force community and their families, and F-111 Fuel Tank Maintenance
workers and their partners and immediate family members. VVCS is a specialised, free and
confidential Australia-wide service.
VVCS can provide you with:
• Individual, couple and family counselling including case management services
• After-hours crisis telephone counselling via Veterans Line
• Group programs including Anger Management, Depression, Anxiety, Lifestyle Management and
• Support on transition from military to civilian life, including The Stepping Out Program
• Information, self-help resources and referrals to other services.
We can help you work through issues such as stress, relationship, family problems and other
lifestyle issues as well as emotional or psychological issues associated with your military service.
If you need support or would like more
information about us please give us a
call or visit our website.
1800 011 046*
* Free local call. Calls from mobile and pay
phones may incur changes.
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
A service founded by Vietnam veterans
March 3, 2011
WE ALL use extension cords at
home and in the workplace but
how many of us give them a brief
inspection before use?
Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind
the next time you need to use one.
Inspect the cord before you use it. Look for
areas that are cracked or frayed. If you find
any, dispose of the cord.
If used on Defence premises, the extension
cord must be tested and tagged. Also ensure
the tag is in date.
Don't run extension cords through doorways,
or through holes in ceilings, walls or floors.
Make sure the appliance or tool is off before
you plug it into the cord.
Make sure the plug is fully inserted in the
Never remove, bend or modify any of the
metal parts of the cord's plug.
You shouldn't have to force a plug into an
If the plug is too loose in the outlet, the out-
let may be too old and need to be replaced.
Keep away from water.
Don't use it when it is wet.
Don't plug one extension cord into another.
Don't overheat the cord. Uncoil it and don't
cover it with anything.
Don't drive over the cord. Don't drag it or
lay anything on it.
Remove it from an outlet by pulling on the
plug, not the cord.
Ensure you inspect the cord once again.
Store it indoors.
SUSPENSION trauma is a medical emergency and
can occur when a worker falls and is then suspend-
ed above the ground in a fall-arrest harness.
Sustained immobility for even a few minutes may
result in loss of consciousness and even death due to
pooling of venous blood in the lower limbs.
Anyone who works at height and wears a fall-arrest
safety harness is at risk. This includes people work-
ing aloft and those who work on the upper surfaces of
Once a worker is suspended in a harness following
a fall, the development of faintness, breathlessness,
sweating, pallor, rapid pulse rate, very slow pulse rate,
hot flushes, nausea, dizziness and "Greyout" -- con-
striction of visual fields -- are symptoms that suggest
the onset of suspension trauma.
Casualties should be rescued as soon as safely pos-
sible and transported to definitive medical care. If the
person is conscious and alert, encourage him/her to
keep moving their lower limbs until rescued. Then,
allow them to sit up, including while being transported
to medical care.
Once rescued, remove the harness and any restric-
tive clothing and deliver 100 per cent oxygen to
the casualty from an Oxy Viva mask, if possible.
Continually monitor their vital signs (pulse and res-
piratory rate) until medical help arrives.
Supervisors should provide instructions to workers
using fall-arrest harnesses and develop protocols for
rescue. Supervisors should also implement the appro-
priate risk mitigation strategies, including:
substituting the use of harnesses with scaffolding/
elevated platforms, where possible;
ensuring all personnel working aloft are equipped
with and proficient in the use of a suspension trau-
ma or "relief" strap (this enables a person to stand
while suspended, thereby reducing the effects of
ensuring all personnel involved in working aloft
are trained in the medical treatment of suspension
ensuring all personnel who work at height and
sentries know the location of first aid kits and Oxy
Vivas and that they are available; and
ensuring there is a first aid provider present at the
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Seaworthy is produced by the Directorate of Navy Safety Systems in the interests of promoting
safety in the Navy. The contents do not necessarily reflect Service policy and, unless stated
otherwise, should not be construed as orders, instructions or directives -- KEEP NAVY SAFE.
Know the risks
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