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September 12, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
LEUT Kelli Lunt
A NEW medical simulation centre
to benefit medical training for LHD
conditions has opened at HMAS
Penguin's RAN Medical School.
Opened on August 19 by the
Director General Health Capability
and Director-General Navy
Health Service, CDRE Elizabeth
Rushbrook, it is the largest and most
modern of the three simulation units
at the centre.
It is equipped as a resuscitation
bay rather than a sickbay, to mimic
realistic conditions on board the
LHDs and allow trainees to conduct
two concurrent training scenarios.
The centre also has four cameras
positioned to home in much closer
on patients from a greater distance,
allowing improved observation
The eight-month project was a
joint venture between the RAN
Medical School and the Maritime
Operational Health Unit, and will
allow both groups to share resources,
build medical capability and increase
cooperation through familiarity.
COMTRAIN CDRE Michael
Noonan said the simulation centre
involved consultation with simu-
lation medical experts, Director-
General Navy Health and Director
Navy Health, and was an opportu-
nity for Navy medical specialists to
benefit from sharing resources.
"This newest addition to the
medical facilities run by RAN
Medical School staff demonstrates
Navy's commitment to providing
the necessary facilities in order
to equip our people with training
required for future capabilities such
as the LHD," CDRE Noonan said.
"Training Force continues to
look for opportunities to provide
training solutions which benefit
multiple users, and this collabora-
tive effort makes sense in terms of
human resources and funding."
OIC RAN Medical School
CMDR Tammy Thomas said the
new centre would be put to great use
for trainees by providing a wider
range of training experiences and
scenarios that were previously una-
"Navy medical professionals will
be up to speed in advanced life sup-
port and casualty care that will be
required for the LHDs," she said.
"They will be able to practise
together as a team with each person
conducting a specific role.
"Similar to that seen on televi-
sion shows, doctors will manage the
overall situation, nurses will provide
airway care and medics will insert
drips and monitor observations.
Everyone will be able to understand
what is required of them, and what is
expected from other team members."
CMDR Thomas said Maritime
Operational Health Staff, who spend
periods of time maintaining their
skills in civilian hospitals, would
come together for training sessions
in the simulator to ensure that when
they deploy they know what is
required of them in a resuscitation
Additionally, the simulator can
be used for medics under training
at the school, as well as reservist
medical specialists and nurses who
come together annually for Exercise
It is anticipated that the simula-
tor will also be used to keep nurses,
doctors and medics current profes-
sionally in advanced life support
and basic life support, which other-
wise would need to be out-sourced
to the civilian sector at considerable
These skills are required for
their professional registration with
the Australian Health Practitioner
THE first of two MRH-90 simulators
was formally accepted at the Army
Aviation Training Centre in Oakey,
Queensland, on August 28 by CEO
Defence Materiel Organisation Warren
The simulator allows Army and Navy
pilots to practise their skills in all flight
regimes, day or night, and accurately
reproduces the feel of the aircraft in
Mr King acknowledged the contribu-
tion made by DMO, Army, Navy and
industry in developing and supporting
ADF MRH-90 training.
"This world-leading flight simulator
will contribute to the ADF's helicopter
capability for many years to come," Mr
"The simulator has a cockpit that
functions just like that of a real air-
craft, and replicates the aircraft's unique
instrument display that is projected onto
the pilots' visors."
COMFAA CDRE Vince Di Pietro
said an in-country MRH-90 simula-
tor that matched the configuration of
ADF aircraft was a great step forward
for aircrew training and brought home a
very important element of pilot training,
which until now had been conducted
The first RAN aircrew will see the
Australian simulator first hand in the
next few weeks.
"Navy has already operated the
MRH-90 at sea and is progressively
becoming more familiar with this new
aircraft in embarked operations," he said.
Commandant Army Aviation Training
Centre COL David Burke said the major-
ity of basic training would now be con-
ducted in the simulator before pilots got
to the real aircraft.
"The aim of the training is to
immerse the pilots in the simulation, so
they feel as though they are flying the
real aircraft, completing real missions
and dealing with real emergencies," COL
The MRH-90 simulator is state of
the art and fully accredited to meet the
highest standards of fidelity, known in
the aviation industry as 'level D', which
means that an hour in the simulator
equates to an hour in the real helicopter.
A second simulator will be installed
at the main MRH-90 operational base in
Townsville next year.
reaches new heights
TOP TRAINING: (L-R) ABMED Michelle Burns,
LEUT Megan Hoare, LEUT Laura Hughes and
LEUT Martin Buks (above) practise medical
echniques at the new Medical Simulation Centre
at HMAS Penguin.
Photos: ABIS Cassie McBride
T'S OPEN: CDRE Elizabeth Rushbrook cuts the
ibbon (left) with CMDR Alison Thomas, left, and
CMDR Tammy Thomas to open the centre.
up and running
ACCEPTED: The MRH-90 simulator formally accepted at Oakey is the first of
two for the ADF.
Photo courtesy of CAE Inc.
THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN
THE ship's company of HMAS Cairns
hosted a charity gala ball and raised more
than $21,000 for the 'Soldier On' charity.
This is a strong example of the signature
behaviours "promote the wellbeing and
development of all Navy people" and
"strengthening relationships across and
beyond Navy" as well as "making Navy
and Australia Proud."
A NAVAL officer, after a number of
warnings, received an infringement
notice due to not maintaining his ser-
vice accommodation to an acceptable
The officer lost his privilege of service
accommodation and was required to live
without rental assistance.
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