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takes safety award
LCDR Leigh Jackson
'WINNERS are grinners' tweeted a
delighted CN from Parliament House
after Navy won a major award at the
2013 Comcare Work Health and Safety
Awards on September 18.
VADM Ray Griggs said it was "an
excellent outcome" for Navy.
The award recognised the far-
reaching NGN-sponsored Sustainable
Workload Study, which began in HMAS
Warramunga in late 2011.
Former CO Warramunga CMDR
Michael Turner accepted the Solution
to an Identified Workplace Health and
Safety Hazard category award on behalf
of a dedicated and tenacious team.
"This award is really for all those in
Warramunga who embraced the study,"
"Their collective efforts enabled us to
examine what we did and to devise bet-
ter ways of doing it."
The study was a collaborative
effort between Directorate of Navy
Resource Analysis, which developed a
Management Diary that was pivotal to
capturing individuals' daily activity, the
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
(AMSA), the US Navy Postgraduate
School and DSTO.
CMDR Scott Hamilton, of NGN,
said the fatigue study mapped, analysed
and derived optimum work practices to
maximise capability by ensuring people
could perform at their best.
"It is self-evident that individuals
performing at their best enables the team
to also perform optimally, resulting in
higher Navy capability output," he said.
"The award represents a win from
many perspectives including improved
health and wellbeing, performance opti-
misation, resilience and safety for indi-
Lessons from Navy's study will also
be used and applied by the AMSA in the
development of a fatigue risk manage-
ment system for merchant ships, with an
implementation plan to be presented to
the International Maritime Organisation
early next year.
The study has now been expanded to
include the Armidale-class patrol boats
and Collins-class submarines.
NEW STUDY: CMDR Scott Hamilton talks to LSMTE James Harvey, of
Ardent Three, before giving him an activity monitor that will automatically
record LS Harvey's sleep.
PERSONNEL from HMA Ships
Cerberus, Coonawarra, Stirling and
Melbourne have joined the Ocsober
Around 300 swimmers took the
plunge for a good cause at Cerberus,
taking part in a continuous 12-hour
Life Education mascot Healthy
Harold and XO Cerberus CMDR Mike
Oborn started the relay on September 20
and launched the annual Ocsober aware-
ness campaign for Victoria.
"It's great to see so many people
from Cerberus participating," CMDR
Oborn said. "For our people, it's not
about how many laps we can swim, it's
about getting involved and showing our
Top End sailors enjoyed a long neck
of a different kind as Healthy Harold
miraculously made his way from
Cerberus to Coonawarra on the same
day.The sailors from Coonawarra and
Navy's patrol boat fleet are taking part
in the national campaign, which will
see people all over Australia give up the
booze for October to raise funds and
awareness for Life Education.
AB Erin Kubacki, a communica-
tions sailor, nursing student and mother
of two, said the values promoted by
Life Education were important to all
"I try to make healthy choices every
day of the year, enjoy my work and be
Ocsober hits full stride
the best mum I can be and I think that's
what Ocsober is about for many of us,"
"But as a parent I see firsthand what
great work Life Education do.
"My six-year-old son has met Harold
a number of times and he comes home
bragging about the things he learned, the
things I've tried to teach him myself for
more than six years."
Personnel from Stirling and Fleet
Base West-ported ships showed their
support for Ocsober by participating in a
24-hour spin bike marathon at the Fleet
Base West gymnasium over September
Despite tired legs and excruciat-
ing glutes, the gym was buzzing with a
sense of pride and accomplishment on
completion of the marathon.
"The seven teams of 10 achieved
a very impressive 5887.5km over the
24-hour period," CO Stirling CAPT
Angela Bond said.
"With the teams challenging each
other along the way and a few funny cos-
tumes, there was never a dull moment."
For a significant period, three jun-
ior sailors carried the Health Centre
team, riding 630km of their team's total
"Their effort was very inspiring,"
CAPT Bond said.
Meanwhile, the ship's company of
Melbourne showed their support for
Ocsober by partaking in an extreme dis-
There are 9218 kilometres from the
United Arab Emirates to Fremantle in
Australia, and members of Melbourne
will run, walk, ride or row this distance
cumulatively over the month of October.
Team Melbourne leader LSML-S
Annah Whittaker has registered the ship
on the Ocsober website.
"It's great to promote a healthy
lifestyle, and even better to see every-
body get together for such a worthwhile
cause," she said.
Navy are one of the biggest support-
ers of Life Education's Ocsober initia-
tive nationally, helping raise funds to
deliver health and wellness education
programs to more than 600,000 children
in more than 3000 primary and second-
ary schools across Australia every year.
DOING THEIR BIT: ABML-S Josh Matthews (above left) takes part in HMAS Stirling's spin-a-thon, as Healthy Harold receives a hug from LSML-P
Tegan Harwood and POML-P Andrea Murphy at HMAS Coonawarra (above centre) and LS Annah Whittaker holds a promotional sign on board HMAS
Melbourne for their Ocsober fitness challenge (above right).
Photos: LSIS Brad Darvill, LSIS Andrew Dakin and ABIS Jayson Tufrey
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