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April 12, 2012
CPL Nick Wiseman
STUDENTS from Casuarina Clontarf Academy were
invited to HMAS Coonawarra on February 29 as part of
the Navy Domestic Engagement Program.
After arriving at the base, the students boarded
Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Maryborough and
received a warm welcome from the crew.
HMAS Maryborough CO LCDR Steve Taragel said
they were always keen to advertise what they did on the
"The crew enjoy meeting people of different back-
grounds and talking with them about what they do," he
"We tend to get a lot of tours from school and charity
Once aboard the students received an initial brief-
ing from the CO, followed by a tour of the boat led by
a member of the crew who explained the sections and
The students then went to the armoury where sailors
demonstrated the type of weapons used on Navy ships.
Student Chris McCarthy-Wood said he really
enjoyed his time at HMAS Coonawarra.
"I never realised just how complex a Navy boat was
until today," he said.
"I don't know about joining the Navy, but I sure
could see myself on the back with a game reel catching
a marlin or two."
The Navy Domestic Engagement Program coordina-
tor CPO Tony Thomas said the program was designed to
improve the general awareness of the Navy among the
"It gives the community the opportunity to meet and
talk with Navy personnel about what they do and what
the Navy is like," he said.
"The students really enjoyed meeting and talking
with the Navy personnel."
patrol boat for a
taste of sea life
THE Naval Centenary Memorial
Committee (NCMC) is asking for
donations to help with the construc-
tion of a Navy memorial in south-east
The memorial will recognise the
contribution of the men and women
who have served in the Queensland
Navy, the Commonwealth Naval
Forces, the RAN and those who made
the supreme sacrifice.
The memorial will be constructed
in the gardens of St Mary's, the
"Navy Church", at Kangaroo Point in
NCMC Chairman, Tony
Townsend, said the memorial would
recognise Queensland's historic ties
with the Navy.
"We have received support from
many associations and individuals,
and will soon seek support from DVA
and others, but this is a Navy memo-
rial and we seek your support," he
The memorial will be dedicated on
April 9, 2013, the 110th anniversary
of the first Australian naval ship-to-
shore radio communication between
HMQS Gayundah and a receiving
station in what is now the gardens of
To donate, make a cheque or money order
payable to the Naval Centenary Memorial
Committee, PO Box 119, Holland Park Qld 4121,
or direct transfer to: Account -- Naval Centenary
Memorial Committee, Account No -- 21549138,
Seeking support for
focuses on family
HANDS ON: MIDN Laurent Ducasse shows
students from the Clontarf Academy around the
Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Maryborough.
Photo: CPL Nick Wiseman
LS Paul Berry
A DISCOVERY on Google while study-
ing for professional exams led to a career
and professional development week in Las
Vegas for a motivated Navy medical officer.
LCDR Scott Finlayson attended the US
Uniformed Services Academy of Family
Physicians 2012 Annual Meeting and
Exposition in Las Vegas from March 18-23
after discovering references to the confer-
The conference was attended by more
than 500 uniformed family physicians (gen-
eral practitioners) and other health care pro-
fessionals from the US Navy, Air Force,
Army and Coast Guard and from militaries
around the world.
LCDR Finlayson said the conference
covered topics ranging from paediatrics to
geriatrics and everything in between.
"Quite a few specialists were speakers,
so you had sessions on examination tech-
niques, injection techniques, lots of paediat-
rics, a little bit of geriatrics and sports medi-
cine, so quite a mix," said LCDR Finlayson.
"One of the sessions I went to was inter-
esting because they had a full-time Army
colonel who was a neonatologist, so he spe-
cialises in newborns and yet he's full-time
He said because of the scale of the US
military, the conference covered a wide
spectrum of health care which had relevance
for his RAN career and the civilian GP prac-
tice he attends two days a week.
"The way we do business is very similar,
but the services are quite different because
they have teaching hospitals and they treat
US service personnel family members, so
they have a full family practice," he said.
LCDR Finlayson, who is in the final
stages of his GP fellowship training, said
despite some differences in medical training
and resources, ADF medical officers could
benefit from attending the conference in the
"There were a couple of weird things,
like battlefield acupuncture that don't quite
fit with what we do, but otherwise we pretty
much speak the same language," he said.
"This is something unique and maybe in
the future people will look to it because our
junior medical officers are encouraged to go
through GP training.
"Hopefully they'll think about spend-
ing professional development time like this
MOTIVATED MEDIC: LCDR Scott Finlayson has just returned from the US following a
medical conference that will further his specialisation in the Navy. Photo: LSIS Paul Berry
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