From Emergency Department to military experience

St John of God Midland Public Hospital Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Specialist Janelle Hartnett was one of a few health professionals who recently experienced military life and observed first-hand the health services provided in the field as a part of a recent military exercise.

23 July 2019St John of God Midland Public Hospital ED nurse military experience

Janelle took part in Exercise BOSS LIFT Talisman Sabre 2019 (EX BOSS LIFT TS19), an activity providing employers of reservists with a better understanding of the environment their employees work in while on active service.

Participants toured the Air Force’s Role 2 Health Facility - a transportable hospital currently deployed to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, and observed first-hand the health support available during a deployed scenario, supported and operated by the skilled members in a military environment.

Janelle said the opportunity to see the important role health specialist reservists played in Air Force and to see the facilities was particularly interesting.

“It was a great opportunity to build awareness of what reservists do when they are called up for duty,” she said.

“It also helped to provide a better understanding of what skills our reservists can bring back to our workplace. It was really interesting to see how everyone, no matter their skill or rank, worked together to complete duties such as putting up tents.”

Director General Health Reserves Air Force, Air Commodore Jennifer Lumsden said Air Force received an overwhelming response from employers of health specialist reservists interested in participating in the first Air Force-led BOSS LIFT.

“This opportunity is invaluable for them to better understand the environment their employees work in while on active service,” AIRCDRE Lumsden said.

“Reservists are an essential enabler; having specialised clinical skills not often held within the full-time force, as they are not required every day however, they work seamlessly with their full-time colleagues to provide the highest level of care.”

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