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September 27, 2012
LEUT Grant McDuling
TEAMS from Navy will take the
plunge and commit to giving up alco-
hol next month to highlight the dan-
gers of alcohol abuse and raise money
to help educate Aussie kids on these
Director Navy Alcohol and Other
Drug Services LCDR Debra Byrne said
the Ocsober campaign fitted in well
with Navy's cultural change initiative.
"Ocsober provides a direct benefit
to the children of our serving members
and helps Life Education to shape the
cultural attitudes towards responsible
alcohol use by Australian children,"
LCDR Byrne said.
"This is important because these
children represent the next generation
Navy launched its campaign on
board HMAS Tobruk at Fleet Base
East in Sydney and on board HMAS
Toowoomba at Fleet Base West in Perth
on September 14.
"Teams from all our ships and shore
establishments have their own indi-
vidual web pages that have been spe-
cifically developed for this campaign so
members can track how they are doing
and how much money they are collect-
ing for the cause," LCDR Byrne said.
"Last year Navy was the larg-
est fundraiser in Australia, raising
"This year we are determined to
do better because we want to alert as
many people as possible to the dangers
of binge drinking."
To join, register at www.ocsober.com.au.
Find your team by searching for "HMAS".
If your ship/unit is not on the list and you
would like your own webpage, email LCDR
Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively you can sign up under your
local shore establishment.
Give it up for charity
HEALTHY MESSAGE: Life Education
representative Harold the Giraffe with AB Caitlyn
McCoy, SBLT Meagan Johnson, AB Jessica
Wienert, AB Shye Fenton, AB Ashleigh Fox and
AB Amanda Brodie, of HMAS Toowoomba, at
Navy's Ocsober launch.
Photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani
AFTER hours medical support is set
for a boost with the re-launch of the
1800 IMSICK service on October 1.
The enhanced 24-hour hotline
service will now be provided by
Medibank Health Solutions (MHS)
under the new ADF health services
Commander Joint Health
Command RADM Robyn Walker
said she was pleased to be able to
provide the world-class telehealth
capability through MHS.
"This is part of the new ADF
health services contract which aims
to provide a national, integrated
health care services solution and
assist Defence to streamline and
optimise health care services with
innovation and technology," she
When calling the service ADF
members can expect to talk with a
registered nurse who will require
certain personal identification and
geographical information to be able
to assist them.
The 1800 IMSICK (1800
467425) number should be used if a
member becomes ill or injured after
hours or is not close to a Defence
health facility. In an emergency,
always dial 000.
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