Home' Navy News : August 4th 2011 Contents "I'd been in and out of physio rooms,
seen neurosurgeons and sports physicians
-- the whole works," he said. "But she
CPO Cameron suffered daily sciatic
nerve pain that disappeared after under-
going the pilates program.
"I reckon it turned my life around,"
To date seven medical discharges have
been prevented as a result of the pilates
For more information on Dr Lewis' pilates
program, call (02) 9359 3375 or email anna.
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August 4, 2011
By CFN Max Bree
FOR eights years the ADF has reaped
the benefits of a pilates program aimed
at reducing pain and improving function
for sailors, soldiers and airmen suffer-
ing chronic lower back pain.
Public servant and Air Force reservist
FLTLT Anna Lewis has treated more than
700 patients since she began the clinical
pilates rehabilitation program at HMAS
Kuttabul in 2003.
A well-known body conditioning rou-
tine that focuses on core strength, pilates
is used in Defence as an exercise-based
rehab program with the aid of special
Dr Lewis's program caught the atten-
tion of the Army's Special Operations
Command (SOCOMD) physiotherapists
last year and is now being used exten-
sively throughout SOCOMD units.
"The physios and patients alike have
all embraced the program," Dr Lewis
"Pilates activates the core stabilising
muscles so it complements their strength
training. And they continued with a self-
managed use of the program."
The program recently spread north
when Dr Lewis conducted a pilates
workshop at Lavarack Health Centre in
Townsville training 10 ADF and APS
physiotherapists in June.
Dr Lewis said the training educated
more Defence physiotherapists on the
techniques and benefits of pilates.
"The Townsville physios were very
receptive about implementing the pilates
into their rehab treatments. They saw the
benefits immediately; it was very well
received," she said.
The concepts taught by Dr Lewis
have since been integrated into the reha-
bilitation of members at SOCOMD and
Townsville with very positive results.
After 20 years of suffering lower back
pain, CPO Shane Cameron from Navy
Imagery Unit -- East, said Dr Lewis'
program turned his life around in eight
BENEFITS: Dr Anna
Lewis and former Chief
of Navy VADM Russ
Crane watch as a patient
use in the Clinical Pilates
Facility at the Navy
Indoor Sport Centre at
Fleet Base East.
personnel participate in
the pilates program.
Photos: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
and MAJ Al Green
New cadet leader
NEWLY promoted CAPT John
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National Commander of the
Australian Navy Cadets on August
13 when CAPT Eliot Fisher leaves
the position. CAPT Gill will be in
charge of the 2600 cadets and
staff who serve in 88 training ships
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Eleven Iroquois helicopters
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Defence bases around Australia
and the Australian War Memorial
in Canberra for static display.
Organisations wishing to receive
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CHANGES to the provisions
for approving Short Absence
From Duty (SAFD), also known
as short leave, are to be imple-
mented following a recent audit
of the leave.
SAFD enables commanders
to provide personnel with periods
of rest and recovery after long or
unusual duty or where members are
required to attend to urgent personal
matters when service requirements
prevent their dealing with them in
their own time.
SAFD is to be used for short,
informal periods of time off duty.
It is to be used only for situations
when leave is not available or
appropriate for the circumstances.
It is not recreational leave and
should not be granted instead of an
appropriate form of leave.
possible after the activity for which
it was approved, does not accrue for
periods of any particular service,
and cannot be retained for later use.
The audit found that there had
been instances of significant
differences between how SAFD
was being used and the way it was
intended to be used.
The audit recommended that the
SAFD policy be strengthened by
providing clearer guidance on the
ways in which it should be accessed
Under the new provisions, up to
three days' leave may be approved
by a supervisor of CPO(E)/APS 4
in the member's direct line of com-
Up to five days may be approved
by a LCDR(E)/APS 6 in the direct
line of command and up to 20 days
by a CDRE(E)/SES Band 1.
For more information see the ADF Pay
and Conditions Manual, Chapter 5
Part 9 Division 1, available at http://
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