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ESPITE the ADF’s focus in
Afghanistan shifting from train-
ing and mentoring to advising and
supporting, the need for specialist
medical skills remains as strong as ever.
In terms of critical care, there is
nowhere better than the Role 3 Medical
Facility at Kandahar Airfield, where a team
of eight Australian medical specialists have
linked with coalition partners.
CMDR Anthony Holley heads up the
“There are four doctors and four nurses.
Those doctors are broken down into a gen-
eral surgeon, an orthopaedic surgeon, an
intensivist and an anaesthetist. There are
also two intensive care nurses and two peri-
operative nurses who work in the operating
theatre,” CMDR Holley said.
The team has been fully integrated into
the hospital, working side-by-side with a
contingent of US medical staff.
CMDR Holley is the Australian
Specialist Health Group intensivist and a
RAN reservist and said the benefits of his
deployment to both the ADF and his civil-
ian employers at Royal Brisbane Hospital
were obvious and immediate.
“By sheer magnitude and exposure to
incredibly bad injuries we have the opportu-
nity to gain clinical experience, but I think
it stretches further than clinical experience.
Working with our American colleagues, we
have the opportunity to see their organisa-
tional system and their structure,” he said.
For LCDR Amy York, a peri-operative
nurse, her time in Afghanistan is an oppor-
tunity to employ her considerable skill set
in a high pressure environment.
“There are probably three major things
for me,” she said.
“One is to give back to our country. We
are very lucky at home to have the environ-
ment that we do.
“The second is if our men and women
over here are hurt, I want to know I can do
something for them.
“And thirdly, on a personal level, after
the training I’ve done, I wanted to be able
to test my skills and training in this envi-
ronment to see if I can stand the pressure.”
The Role 3 capability has come a long
way from the first facility in Kandahar,
which was just a tent, and there is nowhere
else CMDR Holley would rather be.
“It’s hard to imagine how you could
receive better care in another hospital either
in Australia or the US, the practitioners that
have been selected to work in this hospital
are people at the top of their game.”
A small triservice team is playing a vital role in
Afghanistan, CAPT Chris Rickey reports.
TOP TEAM: CMDR
Anthony Holley, is in
Tarin Kot, Afghanistan,
to support medical
personnel in the
MEAO. Inset, critical
care nurse LEUT Ross
Shackleton in the Role
3 Intensive Care Unit
at Kandahar Airfield.
Photos: CPL Ray Vance
and CPL Janine Fabre
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